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March 29, 2007

Bound Buttonhole Triangular Shape

Filed under: Closures,Els,sewing,Tutorials — Els @ 2:45 pm


I learned about this triangular shaped bound buttonhole in 1993 when I bought the book

  Couture the art of fine sewing  by Roberta Carr. I have made these kind of triangular buttonholes several times , the one above was done in a raincoat .

 I made an example to show you the steps  how to make such a triangular buttonhole and kept my text to a minimum because of copyright issue. 

   Step 1, measure the button length and space between the edge and the buttonhole.

 Step 2, mark and transfer the lines ( horizontal and wide) on the interfaced fabric .

Step 3, thread trace the buttonhole length and wide on the patch.


Step 4, draw the triangular button lines.

Step 5, stitch using a tiny stitch length start anywhere on one of the long lines  and stitch 2 diagonal stitches at the corners and at the point, overlap the beginning of the stitches with a few more stitches. I used a red thread for easy viewing.


 Step 6, draw lines so you can slash the patch in 3 sections . The lines of the patch marked in red, cutting lines inside the buttonhole in black. 


  Step 7, turn patch section 1 to the inside and press .

Step 8, press patch section 2  along the stitching line.

   Step 9, do the same with patch section 3 as above.

Step 10, wrap patch section 2 and 3 around the horizontal slit edges on the inside and press from the inside .

 Step 11, stitch the triangular tab to the patch through all the layers so it will be permanently attached.

Step 12, cut away excess fabric of the patch.






  1. Hmmmm . . . interesting. I suppose you could do other shapes, too, as long as you do the wrapping and anchoring in steps 10 and 11 properly. Thanks Els, now my poor brain is spinning trying to think of project where I could use such a technique. Definite bookmark for this one.

    Comment by Summerset — March 29, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

  2. Very classy method for a bound buttonhole!! I will definitely give it a try!! Great look!

    Comment by Annette — March 29, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

  3. Another great tutorial! Thanks for sharing so much with us readers.

    Comment by Linda L — March 30, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

  4. Thanks for the great tutorial and for mentioning Roberta Carr’s work – the book Couture the art of fine sewing is a great book for those interested in fine sewing. She really inspired me when I first began sewing and I refer to her work often.

    Comment by utz — April 4, 2007 @ 6:50 am

  5. Couture , The Art of Fine Sewing is one of my favorite books and this technique has always intrigued me. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Comment by Tany — April 7, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

  6. THANKS for reminding me about these! I had done some back in the 50s and 60s!

    Comment by EDITHE — July 11, 2008 @ 8:02 am

  7. seriously wicked stuff up here

    Comment by Skinnymalinkylonglegs — July 28, 2009 @ 9:45 am

  8. Wonderful! Would prefer more contrast in fabric & thread.

    Comment by Bluefrog — December 13, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

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