Make Giant Buttons a Garment FeatureWays to sew the closure when using big buttons
Big, decorative buttons add drama to garments. At the same time, they pose problems: How do you attach buttons with extralarge holes rather than shanks, and what is the size limit for stitched or bound buttonholes? I’ll offer creative and practical solutions to these questions, so you can feature bold buttons on your sewn clothes.
Consider the situation in which the button requires a buttonhole that’s 3 inches long. You have to cut a 3-inch hole in the front of the garment. If you have planned for a whole row of buttons, this may compromise the stability of the garment’s opening edge. One way to create a strong closure is to machine-sew the buttonholes and leave them uncut. Alternatively, make beautiful bound buttonholes, which you can also invisibly stitch closed. Add the buttons over the buttonholes and then apply hidden snaps to close the garment.
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