How to Measure for Loop Button Closures

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How to Measure for Loop Button Closures
A round porcelain button requires a loop button closure. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Buttons are made from numerous materials and come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can be secured with a loop closure. Button loop closures are a good choice for cardigans, wraps, pockets and baby clothes. Besides clothing, buttons are on tote bags, purses and decorative items such as door hangers. Secure any type of button with a button loop rather than a buttonhole. The most reliable loop closure is a thin piece of cord for clothing and fabric for purses or tote bags. Accurately measure for loop button closures to ensure your project looks professional.

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Things you need

  • Buttons
  • Measuring tape
  • Cord or yarn
  • Fabric
  • Thread and needle

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  1. 1

    Measure the diameter of a round button from top to bottom and double this dimension to determine the required loop size. If you are creating the loop for a tote bag or other item where a longer loop is desired, measure the distance from the backside to the front where the button is.

  2. 2

    Place a thin piece of cord or yarn around a large, odd-shaped button to the point on the fabric that the loop will attach to and cut to size. Use as a sample to test that the loop is big enough to allow for easy fastening, yet tight enough to hold the button securely.

  3. 3

    Use the sample to measure and cut the loop out of fabric, cord or ribbon. Fabric loops should be 2 1/2 times wider than the button width. Fold small seams to create smooth edges, then fold again, and close the seams with a zigzag stitch.

  4. 4

    Sew loop button closures in place by hand with matching thread.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are creating several loop button closures for clothing, sew a sample to check for length and fit.
  • If the garment is designed with a buttonhole, adjust the pattern to accommodate loop closures.
  • Loop button closure is a good choice for lightweight fabrics and lace.

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