Sewing on the buttons.
On many of my cardigans I use a hemmed button band. I started doing these because I felt that the two layers were a sturdier fabric to sew buttons onto. There are other benefits of a hemmed buttoned band that are listed in the first tutorial. In this tutorial we will stitck to those that refer to the sewing on of buttons. When sewing on the buttons, the ends do not have to be woven in, they can be tucked in between the layers. Thus the beauty of a hemmed button band!
This is what you need: buttons, ruler, tapestry needle, yarn and scissors (I forgot to put them in the picture)
First I lay the cardigan out and place the buttons on top of the button holes to decide how I will place the buttons. The picture on the left has the buttons placed every third button hole, the picture on the right every other button hole. I like the one on the right best. A side note on the left one, using every third button hole did not come out even on my cardigan so I put the last 2 buttons closer. I will often do this when that happens, I like the way it looks with 2 buttons for the bottom band.
Then I measure the distance between the center of two buttons. For this cardigan it was 1.75 inches.
Thread a button with a strand of yarn. Then for the first button I stick the tapestry needle through the first button hole to the WS on the cardigan. This gets the first button in the right place so the button hole band and button band line up nicely at the top.
Then “unbutton it”
Next I unthread the needle and rethread it to the end of the yarn on the RS of the button and thread this end, into a close but different spot then the first one, to the WS side of the cardigan.
Now I have both ends on the WS side of the cardigan. I tie the ends into a knot twice.
Next I cut the long end of the yarn off and thread both ends through the needle.
Then I thread the needle in between the layers for about an inch and pull the yarn through the layers and cut them.
For all the rest of the buttons I measure for placement rather then using the button hole band for placement. I have found that the button hole band will tend to move on me and I do not get the buttons event spaced if I use it for button placement. Not the best look! So I use the ruler and stick the rethreaded needle close to the center of the button band at the appropriate distance. Then I repeat the above to sew the button on.
Then look all the buttons sewed on and you can’t see a single loose end. Oh, the beauty of a hemmed button band!