If you made the gift card wallet project from last week, did you wonder how your grown-up made that nice buttonhole? It was quite easy. If you are big enough to use sharp scissors, today you can learn to make your own buttonholes! This technique won't work with every kind of fabric, but it works really well with felt. It is so easy that after doing it once you will probably never need these instructions again! Here's how to do it in four easy steps.
Felt project that needs a buttonhole
Pen or marker
Step 1 To make a buttonhole, start by sewing the button in place. After you have done that, fold your project into its finished position so the spot where you want to make a buttonhole is lying on top of the button (photo A).
Step 2 Now, with your fingertips feel through the felt for the button. Do you feel the little bump that the button makes? When you find it press down on that spot with your pointer finger and count for 5 alligators.
Step 3 Mark the centre of the dented spot with a dot (photo C). This dot marks the middle of the buttonhole.
The pressure from your finger will make a temporary dent in the felt where the button was (photo B).
Step 4 Matching up the edges, fold the felt on the dot you just made in step 3. With the tip of a pair of scissors make a snip through the folded felt. Make the snip half as long as the button is wide. For example, if the button is 1” wide cut a ½” snip on the fold.
That's it - your first button hole! Felt doesn’t fray so there is no need to do anything else to the buttonhole.