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:
- How to Use The Dritz Bound Buttonhole Tool over at the Coletterie. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run into this vintage tool at Alameda, estate sales and flea markets. And they’re usually still in their packages. I know I have at least three of them (Why I buy them each time, I do not know?0 Without detailed instructions, the tool seems a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, The Coletterie has photo-illustrated instructions on how to use this little tool. For this week’s challenge, I’m going to attempt to make bound buttonholes. One, because it’s a technical challenge. And two, I can’t find my buttonhole foot for my machine.
- Gertie’s Bound Buttonhole Tutorial. Gertie explains how to make bound buttonholes without using a fancy tool like the Dritz one above.
- Handmade Buttonholes in Three Variations from the Coletterie. Old school.
- How to make Hand Worked Buttonholes from A Fashionable Stitch
- How to Make a Buttonhole from Sew, Mama, Sew!
- Brother Buttonhole Snap-on Foot Tutorial. This is the foot I use when I can actually find it.
- Sewing Buttonholes and Buttons from Dana Made It. This uses a standard buttonhole, not automatic buttonhole foot.