Sewing Techniques / Tips & Tutorials


Have you made a Crescent blouse yet? If you have, you know that those little button loops can sometimes be a pain in the bum to make. Or is that just me? Personally, I hate having to sew teeny tiny components like that. But luckily, there is a simple hand-sewn technique that you can use instead. Compared to sewn button loops, thread bar button loops are delicate and discrete. And they work perfect for the lightweight fabrics you may be using for your Crescent blouse! The same technique is used to make this long belt loops on dresses, as well as short straight “eyes”  you might see for hook and eyes. But today I’ll show you how to do it in loop form for those button holes.

As with any hand work, it takes patience. But I swear it is actually really simple!

Find out how after the jump….


1. Start by cutting a nice long piece of thread, about an arms length. Double up and knot at the end.


2. Insert the needle at one end where you want your loop to start. Bring it in from the back side, and underneath the seam allowance/ bias tape, if possible. Just so you can hide that knotted thread end.

Insert your needle back down in where you want the loop to end. Again, hiding it in-between layers as best you can. Pull until you have a small loop forming.


3. Place the loop around your button and pull on the thread to test the length and fit. When you have it right, gently pull it back off the button.


4. Repeat to make two more loops the same length as the first. So that you have three all together. Carefully knot it, from the back side, to secure in place.


5. Now, use a blanket stitch to reinforce our loop and make it stronger. To do this, Bring your needle up through and to the start go the loop. Pass the loop underneath and through the loop. Then pass it through the secondary loop that you just formed.

Pull carefully to tighten the stitch and slide it towards the very beginning of the loop.


6. Repeat the blanket stitch again…..


and again. And again. again.

Slide each stitch as close as possible to the last without overlapping them. Keep going until you get to the very end of the loop.


Woohoo! You did it! Just bring your needle and thread back in to the back and knot one more time. Hide that knot as best your can.

About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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8 years ago

What a great idea! Do you think this would work with elastic thread for a bit more stretch?