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Posted on: 11/3/10 2:10 PM
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I had asked on the message board about making bound button holes on faux suede shearling. I found a website showing lots of different buttonhole methods. There were accompanying pictures (anyone else out there sew by picture rather than bother reading?)
Buttonhole how-to
So, I did a test run. I cut pieces of shearling and faux distressed leather. Then I marked on line on both pieces. I put a pin in the ends of the shearling and trimmed off the shearling with short sharp scissors.
I used pins to match placement lines and put right side of faux leather against suede side of shearling. I set my machine to a short stitch length and started stitching the box for the buttonhole, not starting in a corner. This way, the corners are not potentially weak. Shearling view after box stitched
I carefully slit inside of box, making small "v" cuts up to corners of stitching.
Then I pull the fabric through the box.
Faux leather pulled through
When the box is carefully slit. the leather can wrap itself neatly over the edges like this. After the folds are created. it's easy enough to secure the ends of the bottonhole across the "v" which was carefully cut.
The last part is to stitch in the ditch on top. I go all the way around, still using tiny stitches.
I roll under the edges of leather on the back and whip-stitch the buttonhole facing down, barely catching the face fabric.
Finished back
Hope this helps someone. I'll be making a coat for dd using this technique.

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Laurie Lou said... (11/5/10 2:11 PM) Reply
Wow, I'm impressed all that bulk can turn out so tidy. Beautiful results on button holes. Great tutorial tip..
nancy2001 said... (11/5/10 10:55 AM) Reply
This looks terrific.
RLL said... (11/4/10 12:58 PM) Reply
Great info!
JDpenelope said... (11/4/10 8:12 AM) Reply
Thanks for the link and your own tutorial, with illustrations -- Yes, pictures are very helpful! Have made bound buttonholes with fleece long ago, and now want to experiment with this technique -- to see if it will work with a large rectangle opening in a case for a Kindle. (The cut out will allow audible books to be heard while the Kindle is in the case.) Not sure about this and might need to try something else. Thanks for this detailed instructions.
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