Thursday, January 15, 2009

Button Hole Trim

Here is a close-up of the button hole trim around the buttons on my pink jacket: Here's how I did it:
  1. Cut 7 inches of ribbon for a 2-inch trim.
  2. Fold over 2 1/4 inches.
  3. Mark the 45 degree line.
  4. I sew this on freezer paper because my ribbon often gets bunched under my presser foot. It will also help if you will lower your presser foot first--then your needle!
  5. Trim the corner.
  6. Press it open.
  7. Fold over 3/4 inches.
  8. Mark the 45 degree line and stitch again.
  9. Fold the remaining length back onto the length of top. Mark the 45 degree line and stitch again.
  10. Mark the intersection of the miters.
  11. Fold the top onto the bottom, matching the intersection.
  12. Mark 45 degree line.
  13. Stitch.
  14. Trim the excess.
  15. Press it open.
  16. Fray check your edges and stabilize if you wish. If you stabilize, you will have to rip the stabilizer between the ribbons.
  17. Secure it to over your button holes, matching openings.

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