The Bound Buttonhole Tutorial Spectacular!!!!
OK, so maybe I am overstating just a tad, but when I found this tutorial it made bound buttonholes so easy and fast that I simply must share. Of course, I cannot find the original website to source.
And believe me, I have tried (Oh how I've tried!) to find it again with no luck.
So, without further ado, here is the tute as I remember it, and have quite possibly tweaked to fit around my brain.
The garment I am using for this tutorial is my daughter's Christmas coat. She's 6, so I only needed to use three buttons. They are 7/8" wide.
First, you want to mark your fabric like so:
Using your button guide from your pattern, mark the center line making sure it's a little wider than the button. For example, I made my center line 1" wide for these buttons. Then you will make your top and bottom lines anywhere from 3/16" to 1/4" away from the center line. I prefer a smaller bound buttonhole, so my top and bottom lines are only 3/16" making a finished bound buttonhole that is 1" wide by 3/8" high.
Next, stitch around the outside lines
Then you need to cut the center. I start by piercing my fabric with a seam ripper...
then making my cuts with small embroidery scissors. You want to start cutting to the corners about 1/4" from the sides
Do this on both sides.
You then will iron the four sides down against the wrong side of the fabric
The front looks like this
If your jacket has lining (and I sincerely hope it does, otherwise your bound buttonholes will be a gaping mess on the inside of your jacket), prepare it in the same way and stop here.
You will then need to prepare the lips of the bound buttonhole. I'm sure they're not technically called lips, but they look like lips to me so that's all I can think to call them.
To prepare the lips, cut fabric that's 3" long and at least 1/2" wider than your buttonhole. In my case, that made my pieces 3"x1 1/2". Cut two per buttonhole and mark the center of each with a line.