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How to sew Button Loops


Button loops are loops used to secure buttons, instead of buttonholes. These loops are often made of fabric but can also be made with purchased trim, cording or even elastic. Button loops can be sewn as individual loops, spaced along the opening, or continuous loops, with no space in between.

Button loops

Button loops

Button loop detail

Button loop detail


Button loops are sewn in place of buttonholes. Use them when you prefer the look of fabric loops over buttonholes on coats and jackets, blouses and dresses or as a single closure at the top of a placket (page link). You’ll see button loops placed along the back opening of bridal and evening wear as a decorative closure. Button loops can be a little tedious to undo and do up, so they aren’t the best choice for hard-wearing garments. Unlike buttonholes, button loops are sewn before the opening edge is finished.

Tips + Notes

  • When sewing continuous loops, don’t cut the long tube of fabric. Pin it in place as one long piece and bend the extra into the seam allowance.
  • On delicate and lightweight garments, thread loops (page link) are a better choice, as they won’t weigh down the opening.


How to sew button loops (1)

If using self fabric for the loops, cut bias strips (bias tape, (page link)) and sew 1⁄8″-wide (3mm) tubes following the directions for sewing spaghetti straps (page link). If your fabric is thicker, you may want to make wider fabric tubes. If using purchased trim or cording, make sure your machine can sew through it. Mark the seam line along the opening edge where the loops will go, 5⁄8″ (1.5cm) from the raw edge unless the pattern specifies otherwise. You’ll sew the loops to the edge before the facing is attached, so the loops are sewn in securely between the layers.

How to sew button loops (2)

Mark the loop position along the seam line. Test the size by pushing the button through the loop—it should slip through fairly easily.

How to sew button loops (3)

Cut and form the loops into position. If you are using fabric tubing, place the seam of the loops facing up, so when the facing is sewn and the loops are turned over, the seams will be hidden underneath. Machine baste along the seam line to secure the loops.

How to sew button loops (4)

Sew the facing to the opening, right sides together with the loops sandwiched in between. Trim (page link), turn right side out, understitch (page link) the facing and press the loops.

Once the loops are finished, use the loops to mark the button positions on the other side of the opening. Overlap the edges where they will sit on the finished garment, and place a pin through the middle of the loop for each button marking. Sew buttons (page link) in place to match the loops.

Source : The Sewtionary An A to Z Guide to 101 Sewing Techniques + Definitions
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