What Can I Make With My Bound Buttonholes?

Buttonhole Bag Collage

Well, it’s been just over two weeks since I launched my e-book and over 100 people have already bought it. Thank you so much, guys!

The e-book guides you through a practice make of your bound buttonholes, before starting on a project. But knowing what human nature is like, it did occur to me that some readers might feel frustrated to make buttonholes that … well, just don’t go towards anything they can use.

If you’re someone who wants to use their buttonholes, rather than just practise them, you could do what I did – extend the swatches of fabric and turn them into a bag, as pictured above. I made a little bag to carry my knitting around in. I added a bow for cuteness. The whole project was a very loose variation on this tutorial. My buttonholes were big, which was good for a first practice.


Or maybe you’re looking for the perfect pattern to use your bound buttonholes on? Well, you’re in luck! The absolutely lovely Jamie Christina is offering one FREE copy of the Abbey Coat pattern. Anyone who buys a copy of the e-book between now and midnight GMT Monday 29 April will be entered for a prize draw. That’s right. For £2, one lucky winner could have a 40+ page e-book and be in with the chance of a sewing pattern to go with it. But be quick – this offer isn’t open long.

What I like about the Abbey Coat is that it’s so adaptable. You can make a full on winter coat or a lighter mid-season version if you leave off the bottom ruffle hem. There are some great versions out there on the web. I am a particular fan of Handmade Jane’s:


Abbey Coat sewing pattern by Jamie Christina

Enjoy, my friends! Anything else you’d like to see in possible future e-books – just leave a comment below. Don’t hold your breath, though. It took me eight months to get this one out!

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8 Responses to What Can I Make With My Bound Buttonholes?

  1. I’m making a quilt cover for my son’s bed (an attempt to re-create a lovely and very expensive one he and I saw when we were out shopping). He’s asked for button fastening rather than Velcro, so I thought I could practise my bound buttonholes on that!

  2. Sam says:

    I’ve been meaning to buy your bound buttonhole e-book, and I love the Jamie Christina coat, so this looks like the perfect time to buy! I think the pattern even with the ruffle would make a perfect spring/summer coat in the right fabric…… and I might have just that in my stash!

  3. The Abbey Coat is a lovely pattern, I won a copy in a giveaway from Handmade Jane last year and I adore my version so much, I recommend it!

  4. senjiva says:

    I am pleased to see that someone appreciates (and is practicing) the art of bound buttonholes. My studio is within a vintage clothing store, and the owner loves to educate customers on the bound buttonholes found on so many good old coats. “It’s a sign of quality!” she always says.

  5. aem2 says:

    I was going to wait until summer to download it because that’s when I’ll have time to practice, but I just downloaded it. I too need a project bag for my crochet; that sounds like a good plan! But mostly I want to learn it to increase my skill set — you know, in case there’s a life or death situation and only bound buttonholes will save the day.

    Yes, I know. I live a strange and wonderful imaginary life.

  6. myrosesindecember says:

    That coat is exquisite, in all its variations. I love bound button holes.

  7. Nay says:

    That is one of the most adorable coat patterns I’ve ever seen. I think it’s the PP collar that gets me!

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