How to make your own rayon braid frog closure

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How to make your own rayon braid frog closure
Pins are useful to secure the rayon loops to a garment before slipstitching. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Custom embellishments that are also functional add creativity to sewing projects. Making your own frog closure is easy and inexpensive to do. Rayon braid can be found in a variety of thicknesses to make the size of frog closure for your project. It is called rattail for a cord shape and soutache for the flat variety. It comes in many colours for a closer match than what is available in pre-made frog closures.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 1 yard rattail or soutache cording
  • Garment to embellish
  • Well lighted workspace

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    Ball button

  1. 1

    Make a loop with the cord from left to right so it ends up in front.

  2. 2

    Loop the cord again in front of the first loop and place the braid in back of the starting end of the cord.

  3. 3

    Continue looping the cording down and then up to enter the second loop from the front, but thread the cord under the cord from the first loop. The goal is to catch the downward part of the first loop. Then continue the cord over the second loop toward the left, through the first loop out the back.

  4. 4

    Evenly tighten the cording to form a ball. Leave cording in the back to form the loops that attach the ball to the garment.

    Decorative Loop

  1. 1

    Lay the garment facing you with a piece of plastic or cardboard to separate the front from the back.

  2. 2

    Slipstitch the ball button onto the edge of the garment that you want to close, leaving the cord for attaching to the garment.

  3. 3

    Make an overhand loop with the cord, at the bottom, with the cord underneath, next to the button. Pin it so it won't move during the subsequent steps.

  4. 4

    Make a sideways loop with the cord crossing on top and pin down.

  5. 5

    Make the top loop, ending underneath, and pin. Cut the end and slipstitch it securely under the button.

  6. 6

    Make a similar decorative loop arrangement on the other side of the garment, but leave a loop to hook the button, instead of having a button.

Tips and warnings

  • Make more loops for attaching to the garment to make the design more intricate.
  • Soutache cording is more difficult to work with because of its flat shape, but it has a very attractive visual effect. Try the first project with rattail to practice with easier material.

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