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Simple fleece buttonhole (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: Elona
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Posted on: 10/1/10 12:44 PM
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This is Malden Mills' own technique for getting around the problems with standard buttonholes on fleece. They call it a 'Bound' buttonhole (in quotes, because it's only sort of bound, and much easier). I quote from their website:

1. Cut a square of fabric from the same fabric that your garment is made. A 2" square should do the trick for most buttonholes.
2. Draw a line in the middle of the square that is the same length as the button you are going to use.
3. Place the square (right sides together) where your buttonhole is to go using the line as a guide for your buttonhole placement.
4. Stitch a rectangle around the line staying 1/8" from the line.

Here's their pic :
http://www.milldirecttextiles.com//e-classroom.asp?pageval=button&id=0919122714887117270183

5. Cut through both layers on the line, then diagonally to corners.
6. Push square of fabric through to the wrong side.
7. On the right side, topstitch 1/4" around the opening.
8. On the wrong side, cut away any excess fabric.

You can use this technique for pockets, too!
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Charrlie said...
Thank you. I am going to try this and see how it works!
10/2/10 0:10 AM
PVA said...
Elona, that is so *!Cool!* I can't wait to try it -- I'll bet anything with a little piece of stabilizer on the wrong side it will be awesome on knits, too. Oh, I love PR!
10/2/10 0:25 AM
Cherylsews said...
Thank you for this tip. I am just getting ready to sew a fleece jacket for winter.
10/2/10 3:03 AM
Rhoda K said...
Thanks - I'll definitely have to try this.
10/2/10 9:42 AM
Elemar said...
This sounds like the perfect solution to fleece buttonholes. Thanks!
10/2/10 3:52 PM
jeanharville said...
Thank you so much. This is the way I made BBH 40 yrs ago and I had forgotten the steps. this is so much easier and looks just as well.
10/2/10 6:41 PM
kws said...
Thanks for the tip
10/2/10 10:29 PM
lavangika said...
I avoid making buttonhole on fleece .Now I can do it.Very helpful instrucation. Thnk u Very much.
11/14/11 10:31 AM
olydix said...
This is so simple and works perfectly! Easiest buttonholes I have every made and much better on fleece than stitched buttonholes.
12/15/12 6:33 PM
Scriv said...
This is so helpful, thank you for linking this!
2/10/14 8:00 PM

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