Hot! Getting Ready for Buttonholes

Next week’s challenge asks us to make something with buttons. Now, that doesn’t mean they have to be working buttons. Embellishments are fine too! But if you’re going to attempt buttonholes for the first time, here are a couple tutorials that should help:


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I chose a pattern with buttons and cut all the pieces out then realised in needs bound buttonholes where I was just planning normal button holes. Oh well! It’s all about giving yourself a challenge isn’t it? I hope they work out. Thanks for sharing the tutorials.

  2. I will have to pass the buttonhole challenge out because I have too much paid work piling up, but thanks for those links. I love that Dritz Bound Buttonhole tool – it seems to make bound buttonholes quite easy (I have shyed away from these so far). It won’t be easy to get one of these since I am living in Germany. Will have to try to get one when we visit the Bay Area this year.

  3. Great post! I found the brother buttonhole tutorial the most helpful since I have one and couldn’t figure out how to use it. I didn’t know the lever pulled down…no wonder it wouldn’t work. :)

  4. Thank you posting this buttonhole information. I want to learn buttonholes and just have not gotten the hang of it. Maybe with all of these information links I will actually learn how to make them.