Beatrixalong Day 8: Buttons and Buttonholes

We did it!!! It’s the eighth and final day of #Beatrixalong!!

If you’re just joining us, we’re sewing with my newest pattern, Beatrix. You can find the introductory post here with basic info and a timeline for the sewalong. And here are Day 1Day 2Day 3, Day 4, Day 5Day 6, and Day 7 if you want to go back and see what we’ve done already. I’ll keep all these posts live, so you can always come back for a refresher!

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Today is Button Day:

  • Mark and sew buttonholes
  • Mark and sew buttons

Mark Buttonholes

Use the button template provided to mark the buttonhole locations on the left button placket. I usually use a disappearing fabric pen with a hard enough tip to poke through the paper to mark the center dots. You could also use a hole punch to make a hole in the center of each button on the template.

Beatrixalong Day 8

Beatrixalong Day 8

Center your buttons over the buttonhole markings and mark just above and below each button. You can draw a straight line between these two marks if you need a guide for sewing (not pictured).

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Practice a buttonhole.

I can’t stress this enough. On a scrap of the same fabric as your real-live Beatrix, do a test run. Haul out your sewing machine manual if you need a refresher on the settings, and once you have a buttonhole, check to see if your button fits through it!

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Sew your actual buttonholes

Sew each buttonhole on your Beatrix. Use a needle to pull any threads through to the inside of the garment, then tie them in a knot and trim the threads

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Carefully cut open each buttonhole with a seam ripper or small scissors. Be very careful!! This works best with a sharp seam ripper.

Beatrixalong Day 8

Beatrixalong Day 8

Beatrixalong Day 8

After you have completed the buttonholes, line up the left placket directly over the right placket and use a marking pen to mark the button locations through the center of each buttonhole so that they will be perfectly aligned.

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Sew on the buttons

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And look, it’s finished!

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Oh heeyyyyyy there, Beatrix!

Beatrixalong Day 8

Beatrixalong Day 8

OK, let’s review today’s assignment:

  1. Mark buttonholes
  2. Sew buttonholes and cut open
  3. Mark buttons on other side
  4. Sew buttons on

And here’s your extra credit assignment:
5. You did it! Put your Beatrix on and strut around!

6. Post a photo (crappy phone pics are fine) to Facebook, Instagram, or Flickr showing me hard evidence you’ve done something from today’s sewalong post with the tag #beatrixalong. If you blog about it, post a link in comments.

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3 thoughts on “Beatrixalong Day 8: Buttons and Buttonholes

  1. I finished my second Beatrix yesterday. It took me several days but at no time I was exactly up with your sewalong move. Will post about it next week. Thanks again/ a lot!

  2. Hi, it is best technique to make button holes, I like it. And also saw your all Days 1-8, it is very informative and helpful for me. I made a top before a week and I got tips to make to buttons in top from your post. Thanks for share with us wonderful blog.

  3. Finished! better late than never!! Do you know the straight pin trick to opening button holes? Put a pin across the top where you want the opening to stop and it will catch your seam ripper before it is too late!! Works every time!!

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