How to Sew a Buttonhole Bag

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28-09-2016, 11:40
A simple buttonhole bag is ideal as a storage bag that can be used in a variety of ways, including as a beach tote, a shoe holder or for clothing.


  1. Assemble your chosen fabric and sewing supplies. What you need to complete this project is listed below under "Things You'll Need".
  2. Fold the fabric in half.
  3. Cut a rectangle to your desired length and width.
  4. With right sides together, stitch the side seams and bottom of the bag, leaving a half-inch (1.27cm) seam allowance. Miter the lower corners of the bag to add support, if needed.
  5. Iron two strips of interfacing "around" the wrong side of the opening. Layer one-inch (2.5cm) strips, on top of each other, about two inches (5cm) below the opening.
  6. Place buttonholes equidistantly, "around" the opening of the bag, over the strips of interfacing. Cut open each buttonhole with a pair of scissors.
  7. Using pinking shears, trim the fabric around the edge of the opening. Pinking helps to keep fabric from raveling.
    • Or, turn the edge of the opening over twice, to form a quarter-inch hemline and stitch it in place.
  8. Weave a sturdy string through the buttonholes.
    • Weave one string entirely around the opening. Tie the ends of the strings together into a knot, to create a strap at one side of the bag.
    • Weave one string around half of the opening. Weave another string around the other half of the opening. Tie the ends of the strings together into a knot, to create two straps – one at either side of the bag.
    • Use long straps to carry the bag over your shoulder.
  9. Pull on the strings to gather the fabric at the opening of the bag. Tie the strings into a knot to secure the gathered opening.
  10. Fill the bag with your desired items and it's ready to go. If you're not using it, the string can be used to hang the bag on a hook.


  • Add pockets to the inside or outside of the bag.
  • Use recycled fabric from your old clothes, curtains, sheets, pillowcases or towels.
  • Pack shoes, cosmetics, lingerie when traveling.
  • This makes a great bag for doll clothes, toys, gifts, etc.
  • Use as a laundry bag, beach bag, lunch bag, etc.
  • Use durable fabrics and two straps when carrying heavy items. Stitch over the buttonholes twice prior to cutting them open.

Things You’ll Need

  • Fabric - enough to make a buttonhole bag to your size specifications
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Needle
  • Matching thread
  • Common pins
  • Iron-on interfacing
  • Sturdy string
  • Sewing machine
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