How to Sew a Frog Loop Button

Written by susanne koenig
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Whether you're sewing a Chinese style jacket or just looking for a new way to put a button on a blouse or a sweater, using frog-style buttons is quite simple and only requires a few minutes. Frog buttons are elegant and quite secure as closures. They add flair to any outfit and give it a unique style that stands out from ordinary buttons--all without having to worry about sewing a buttonhole.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Frog button or cord
  • Button

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  1. 1

    Determine where you would want your frogs sewn on. Do so by measuring the item and estimating how many enclosures you would like on the garment.

  2. 2

    Prepare your frogs. You can choose to either create your own frogs out of cord, or buy them pre-made in a store or online. If you choose to make your own, decide how elaborate you'd like it to be. Start out with a three-loop frog if you're a beginner and have never made your own frog fasteners.

  3. 3

    Start your frog by placing the end of the cording 1/2 over the edge of the jacket's edge. Pin in place. Make a downward loop and pin at its apex. Make a 1 inch teardrop-shaped loop to the right, and pin at the apex. Then make an upward loop and pin. All of your loops will be this same size and shape.

  4. 4

    Stitch the loops onto the fabric, working in small stitches from underneath so they will not be seen from the front of the garment. Remove pins as you work.

  5. 5

    Cut your cord to be slightly over the edge of the jacket. Stitch the frog into place. Take the edges of the cord and sew at least 1/4 of an inch's length to the underside of the jacket, trimming off the last 1/4 inch.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps 1-3 on the opposite side, taking care to make matching loops and a fourth loop that extends over the jacket's edge. This loop will go around the button, so make it a bit smaller than the others. Tuck edges underneath and sew.

  7. 7

    Sew into the fabric from the underside. Attach button on opposite side.

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