Tutorial: Facing Bound Buttonholes

I thought I’d complete the tutorial on organza patch buttonholes with a post on facing them.facing patchesCarefully mark the placement of the buttonholes and on the RIGHT side of the facing fabric, baste organza patches through the centre of the buttonhole marking.  Be precise with your measuring and marking!  You want the facing to line up perfectly with the perfectly bound buttonholes you’ve made.stitched facingCarefully measure the width and length of the openings required in the facing.  I made mine 4mm wide and 2mm longer than the actual buttonholes.  Even such a small amount as 1mm makes a difference in the facing openings, as they need to be free and clear of the buttonhole itself.

Then interface around the area of the buttonholes if you’re interfacing the facing.  On this jacket, I was using interfacing in the facing, although I may not always.DSCN0558Precisely slash the buttonhole openingsslashes and turn the organza strips to the wrong side of the facing.  This is identical to the way the openings are bound by organza before stitching the edges of the buttonholes into place.pull organza throughPress and/or hand baste in place. This is what your facing should look like3 buttonholes

Stitch the facing to the garment front, turn, and hand stitch each opening to its respective buttonhole.  I use a tiny fell stitch as it’s quick and a strong stitch.  Inside view of the completed facing.IMG_4026And there you have beautiful buttonholes!IMG_4027

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8 thoughts on “Tutorial: Facing Bound Buttonholes

  1. Ooo thanks this is most useful and has been bookmarked! Brain fuddledness won’t let me remember useful things at the best of times so thank the lord for technology. And organza. And fusible interfacing!

  2. Very neatly done! I use a fusible interfacing instead of organza, it won’t rip or tear, and there is the added bonus of being able to fuse everything in place so there’s no chance of “peeking”.

  3. Thank-you so much for these 2 tutorials; they are so clear and easy to understand. I really enjoy your blog and I am often too busy to comment and thank you but please know you give me great pleasure in your posts down here in Australia.

    1. Yay! I’m so glad the tutes were clear and helpful. I’ll confess this is the first bound buttonhole method with which I’ve been able to consistently get clean, lovely results!

  4. My,my! that´s a lot of work, precise work at that! I cannot see myself making that, but I can appreciate a job well done. Excellent!

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