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