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How to Sew a Buttonhole

Using the Drawstring Bag Project, we are going to learn how to sew a buttonhole.

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Tips on Sewing a Buttonhole

  • Read your sewing manual on sewing a buttonhole.
  • Switch foot to buttonhole foot.
  • Mark where and how long your button hole should be with chalk or fabric pencil.
  • Using buttonhole stitch place fabric on your mark.
  • Stitch according to your sewing machine directions. Some sewing machines sew the buttonhole with a push of a button and some require switching to different stitches.
  • Watch the video for help.

Video Tutorial on Sewing a Buttonhole

Practice sewing buttonholes on scrap fabric. Then do the following project making a buttonhole in the hem of a drawstring bag.

Drawstring Bags of Various Sizes

For a shorter size bag use a 11 x 19 1/2 inch rectangle piece of fabric.

Fold fabric in half lengthwise, placing right sides together. Stitch along sides of material, leaving the top open. Make a buttonhole in the center of one side about 1-2 inches from the edge. Fold edge down 1/4 inch, then 1 inch. Stitch along bottom edge.


Using 1 yard of ribbon or cording, attach a safety pin at the end. Push through the buttonhole and continue pushing through to the other end.

putting in a drawstring in a bag

Take out safety pin and tie a knot at the end. Use bags for organizing or storing whatever you need.

drawstring bag with buttonhole

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