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
- Measuring tape
- Cord or yarn
- Thread and needle
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.
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.
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.
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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