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
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Frog button or cord
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sew into the fabric from the underside. Attach button on opposite side.
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