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'Bound' Buttonholes, that wear and wear:

  1. Cut a square of fabric from the same fabric that your garment is made. A 2" square should do the trick for most buttonholes.
  2. Draw a line in the middle of the square that is the same length as the button you are going to use.
  3. Place the square where your buttonhole is to go using the line as a guide for your buttonhole placement.
  4. Stitch a rectangle around the line staying 1/8" from the line
    Right Sides Together
  5. Cut through both layers on the line, then diagonally to corners.
  6. Push square of fabric through to the wrong side.
  7. On the right side, topstitch 1/4" around the opening.
  8. On the wrong side, cut away any excess fabric.
You can use this technique for pockets, too!