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Ta-ta! The final bound buttonhole should then look like this! Neat, isn't it?

If you're using facing, you should pin or baste the facing around the buttonhole, then place pins through all four corners of each buttonhole. Mark the corners of the buttonholes on the right side of the facing. Remove the pins, and stitch with a short stitch length between the markings. This should form a rectangle the same size as the bound buttonhole. Cut through the facing and clip diagonally into the corners. The raw edges should then be turned in along the stitching, pressed, and sewn to the buttonhole.

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    Aug 5, 2011, 05.51 AMby coruscater

    Thanks so much for this! It looks like a good way to get a neat result. My only question is whether there’s a way to integrate a lining into this method? I’m looking to use bound buttonholes on a blazer, so even my ‘wrong’ side needs to look finished…

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      Aug 14, 2011, 10.25 AMby frkbustad

      There are many ways to finish the linings. This tutorial shows how to do the right and wrong side similar: http://stitchinmysideregan.blogspot.com/2009/12/bound-buttonhole-tutorial.html where you stop when you have a neat rectangle. Another way to do it, is to simply make a boat-shaped opening from the corners of the buttonhole and slip-stitch around the edges. Google ‘bound buttonholes lining’ and you’ll find many tutorials! Good luck!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 04.09 AMby sydnor

    can I just take a piece of fabric stitch a square, cut the square in the middle with the v on both sides then open it up and press to make a square opening . Now cut two strips place them over the opening of the square. Now sew onto the opening the two folded pieces togehter that look like figure 11 then stitch the edge all around the square ,out linning the square and bingo! would that work?

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      Oct 18, 2010, 12.17 PMby frkbustad

      You could do it something like that, see Gertie’s tutorial: http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/bound-buttonhole-tutorial.html

      BUT, I find that you have totally control with the method I’ve shown, since you measure all your seams before you cut open the buttonhole. Also, I think this is a very good method for lightweight fabrics, whereas Gertie’s method is perfect for heavier fabrics.

      I suggest you make a sample of both methods, with the fabric you’re using, and then decide on method! Good luck!

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    Oct 10, 2010, 07.57 AMby sammy1000

    brilliant thanks for this i hate doing button holes the other way round

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    Oct 4, 2010, 02.32 PMby frkbustad

    I’m glad to contribute! It was very helpful for myself as well, and now I have a great reference… I’ll soon show off my newly made buttonholes on a dress…

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    Oct 4, 2010, 06.11 AMby irmchen

    Great tutorial… clearly and precisely! Thank you! :-)

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