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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 :

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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Scriv said... (2/10/14 8:00 PM) Reply
This is so helpful, thank you for linking this!
olydix said... (12/15/12 6:33 PM) Reply
This is so simple and works perfectly! Easiest buttonholes I have every made and much better on fleece than stitched buttonholes.
lavangika said... (11/14/11 10:31 AM) Reply
I avoid making buttonhole on fleece .Now I can do it.Very helpful instrucation. Thnk u Very much.
kws said... (10/2/10 10:29 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip
jeanharville said... (10/2/10 6:41 PM) Reply
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.
Elemar said... (10/2/10 3:52 PM) Reply
This sounds like the perfect solution to fleece buttonholes. Thanks!
Rhoda K said... (10/2/10 9:42 AM) Reply
Thanks - I'll definitely have to try this.
Cherylsews said... (10/2/10 3:03 AM) Reply
Thank you for this tip. I am just getting ready to sew a fleece jacket for winter.
PVA said... (10/2/10 0:25 AM) Reply
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!
Charrlie said... (10/2/10 0:10 AM) Reply
Thank you. I am going to try this and see how it works!
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