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This badge bit (BB) is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in textiles.

In this project, you will make and sew a new buttonhole! You could sew it by hand or by machine.

Minimum requirements:
  - Sew a new buttonhole

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (< 2min):
  - The cloth before you made a buttonhole
  - Progress of the buttonhole
  - The finished buttonhole
  - The button going through the buttonhole to show you made it the right size

Here's a great video on how to hand sew a buttonhole:



How to use an automatic buttonhole foot on a sewing machine:



This one shows how to measure the hole size for your button:



For a nicer, more tailored buttonhole, this tutorial is very detailed and fantastic!

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My daughter wanted a Princess Belle dress for her doll, and I ended up making and sewing my very first buttonhole in the process!
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Before picture
Before picture
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My son snapped a picture of me sewing
Closeup of my first clumsy stitches. I ended up going back over this area because it looked so bad!
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and close up of sewing the button hole
My son snapped this candid picture of me sewing the buttonhole
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Button is buttoned!
Button is buttoned!
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Close up of the finished buttonhole
Close up of the finished buttonhole
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To get the back-story, see here: https://permies.com/wiki/101131/pep-textiles/Sewing-button-PEP-BB-textile#1215311

I used the tutorial above. However, it was clear that my thread was too thick to use doubled, so I used it singly. It's still slightly too thick in my opinion - it didn't knot as tightly as I'd have liked, but as noted in my above link - this silk thread doesn't take kindly to knots! If I needed to do even 5 of them, by the fifth one I'd know all the tricks, but alas, this shirt needs only one.

So here's the almost finished shirt - the safety pin marks where the button hole will go:


The only salvaged buttons I had that I liked the colour of are only 1/2", so that makes it fiddly for a first time, and the picture below shows how the thread is a bit on the large side for this:


It might not look like much - but the next picture shows it really works - the slippery silk just lets the button slide right through...

and yet it's snug enough that I have no concerns about it undoing when I don't want it to. I won't convince anyone that this is a *real* 18th Century shirt, but it will keep the sun off me, and be a *real working shirt*.
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I've been making a lot of cloth feminine pads lately, and buttons are my favorite way to close them. Since I don't currently have a machine with a buttonhole attachment, that means doing it by hand. I taught myself to hand-sew buttonholes by trial and error, and I like to think I've gotten fairly good at them.
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A button, but no buttonhole
A button, but no buttonhole
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Carefully cutting the buttonhole.
Carefully cutting the buttonhole.
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In progress.
In progress.
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The finished buttonhole.
The finished buttonhole.
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The button goes through but it's tight enough that it won't fall out.
The button goes through but it's tight enough that it won't fall out.
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I understand if the pile of fabric is not the right kind of before picture, but I feel so proud of my self and wanted to share. This is the first buttonhole I've sewn that has ever turned out right. A younger freind of mine sent me home with one of her stuffed animals to sew a leg back on and I can't sent Mrs.Lamma home naked.
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Before I cut any fabric.
Before I cut any fabric.
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Cut for the buttonhole.
Cut for the buttonhole.
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 Stiched around.
Stiched around.
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Stiching finished.
Stiching finished.
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Button closed and secure.
Button closed and secure.
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I bought a shirt from a charity shop that's a bit low cut for me so I decided to sew on an extra button and buttonhole. I haven't sewn a buttonhole before (as you can see from the relatively clumsy stitches), but with the youtube videos at the top of this page I managed to make one that works! I used 100% cotton thread for this.
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The shirt before (I know it's very crumpled....)
The shirt before (I know it's very crumpled....)
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100% cotton thread
100% cotton thread
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Cut hole
Cut hole
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The first row of stitiches. Not the best but they do the job
The first row of stitiches. Not the best but they do the job
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The finished buttonhole
The finished buttonhole
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The button in my finished buttonhole :)
The button in my finished buttonhole :)
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Note: You need to add stitching to the ends (see the pink button  hole above) because otherwise the fabric may rip and then the hole will be too large.

 
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I corrected my buttonhole from my previous post (thank you to the person who advised me on my last post). I didn't sew all the way round the hole but this time I believe that I have. I used 100% cotton thread to create this buttonhole on a shirt I found in a charity shop.
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100% cotton thread
100% cotton thread
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My shirt before
My shirt before
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The hole I cut
The hole I cut
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First part of the buttonhole
First part of the buttonhole
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The newly finished buttonhole with stitches going all the way around
The newly finished buttonhole with stitches going all the way around
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The button in the hole
The button in the hole
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Note: That looks less likely to rip now!

 
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Testing a dice bag pattern and- coincidentally- it requires I make my first ever button holes in step 2. I used cotton embroidery thread to match my cotton fabric.
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My fabric, thread, needle, and the marking
My fabric, thread, needle, and the marking
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Running stitches around
Running stitches around
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In progress
In progress
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First hole done, second begun
First hole done, second begun
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Testing a button
Testing a button
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The button fits! Snug, secure, and easily in and out.
The button fits! Snug, secure, and easily in and out.
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Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! Very nice looking buttonhole!

 
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