Have you ever gotten to that point on a sewing project where it was time to work on the buttonholes, but just the thought filled you with anxiety or dread? I know that used to happen a lot to me!
Buttonholes are at once one of the smallest parts of tailoring, yet one of the most important. A buttonhole must be strong enough to take years of buttoning and unbuttoning. And a good buttonhole makes the outfit, while a bad buttonhole can ruin an entire coat.
Years ago I put together a buttonhole tutorial, something that’s been very successful and helped a lot of people master their buttonholes. But I’ve been wanting to update it with higher-quality videos, better instruction, and have a way for you to post photos of your own work so that I could help you if necessary.
Free Buttonhole Class Online – June 27 – 30
On Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30, I’ll be offering a free class here on my website on how to sew your own buttonholes. It’s a great opportunity to learn from scratch, or improve your existing buttonhole skills.
The following will be covered, both in written form with photographs, and with high-definition video:
- Buttonhole Layout
- Cutting the Buttonholes
- Preventing Fraying
- Buttonhole Gimp or Four-Cord
- The Buttonhole Stitch
You’ll also be able to post photos of your own work so that I can give you personalized tips on improving your buttonholes.
Sign up now to reserve your space!
Here are the necessary supplies you’ll need for the class. I’ve provided links to some of the rarer items, but you can probably find other sources with a Googles search.
- 1/8″ Hollow Hole Punch (usually available at hardware stores).
- 1/2″ Chisel.
- Flat Board (scraps are fine, you could go as small as a couple of inches square, used to punch open the buttonholes).
- **Buttonhole Punch (As an alternative to the hollow punch and chisel. Only worth it if you are making hundreds of buttonholes on a professional basis).
- Gutermann Silk Buttonhole Twist (available in 10 yard and 437 yard spools depending on the shop. Estimate 1 to 1.5 yards per buttonhole).
- **Gutermann Buttonhole Gimp (Gives a superior buttonhole, but you can make and use four-cord instead, which is probably the better option if you’re only making a few buttonholes).
- Sewing Thread.
- Two equally sized pieces of fabric, approximately 4 – 6″ by 10 – 12″. These will be sewn together to mimic a coat front for practice. Wool, linen, and silk are all good options.
- Linen. One piece to match the size of your fabric to act as a canvas.
I hope you will join me in this fun and exciting class!
— James Williams