Monday, June 20, 2016

How to Cut Your First Buttonhole in Felt

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.

The pressure from your finger will make a temporary dent in the felt where the button was (photo B).

Step 3 Mark the centre of the dented spot with a dot (photo C). This dot marks the middle of the buttonhole.

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.

Happy stitching!

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  1. I think even I could handle that! Sewing buttonholes is my nemesis! :) Thanks for sharing this at Lifelong Learners Link-Up Party at!

    1. Buttonholes can be tricky. When I think that historically buttonholes and eyelets were reinforced with hand stitches, well ... it just boggles my mind how time consuming that must have been!

  2. I need to show this to my kids - I think they're ready. Thanks for such clear and simple instructions. Also, thanks for sharing with #EverythingKids :)

    1. You are welcome, Heather! Yes! Please do show it to your kids. :)

  3. I've avoided buttons so far because I assumed they would be way too complicated, but you make it sound ridiculously easy! Pinning so I remember to give this a try! :)


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