How to Sew a Button Hole on Leather

by Brenda Priddy
Sewing button holes into leather takes a few more steps than fabric button holes.

Sewing button holes into leather takes a few more steps than fabric button holes.

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Making a buttonhole in leather is different from making a buttonhole in traditional fabric. Traditional fabric buttonholes use many looped stitches placed closed together. Leather buttonholes use regular straight stitches to secure the holes. You will need a leather needle to ensure you are able to punch through the tough leather. Work slowly, so that you do not damage your sewing machine.

Items you will need

  • Pen
  • Measuring tape
  • Leather strips
  • Leather glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Leather needle
  • Sharp knife
Step 1

Measure the length of the buttonhole that you want to make. Mark the placement of the hole onto the leather with a pen.

Step 2

Cut two ½-inch wide leather strips, 2 inches longer than the length of the button hole. Fold each leather strip in half lengthwise. Apply a line of glue along the fold line on each strip and press together until the glue sets. You should now have two, 1/4-inch wide strips.

Step 3

Place the leather strips on the top of the leather, parallel to the line and about 1/8-inch away from the line on either side. Face the folded edge of each strip toward the line. Center the strips so that 1 inch hangs beyond both ends of the line. Sew the two strips in place using ¼-inch long stitches and a leather needle.

Step 4

Cut the buttonhole opening with a sharp knife. Feed the extra strip pieces through the hole to the back side of the leather. Sew the strips in place vertically around the sides of the buttonhole from the back side of the leather.

Step 5

Sew around the buttonhole opening once more from the right side of the leather to complete the leather buttonholes.

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