Have you ever sewn hand bound button holes? I wanted a hand made look to a linen garment I’ve been working on and thought I would challenge myself. It’s not as difficult as it seems but it does take some precision and care to get a nice looking end result.
Here is a finished hole next to one in progress. You can see there is basting to hold the layers together and then more around the cut edge of the hole to keep it from fraying whilst adding the final stitches.
These are my first 3 practice holes. They say it takes 100 to get any good at it so I will keep practicing. I think I need a magnifier though.
This is the best video I watched, it really is an excellent step-by-step. I couldn’t find gimp or good silk so I used a sturdy Coats & Clark outdoor thread to do the binding and also to make my own gimp. This is another good tutorial, if you scroll down a bit there are instructions on making gimp or 4-cord. I added a teeny bit of fray-stop/fabric glue to the twist where I cut it just to be sure it wouldn’t unravel.