Hand Sewing IV: Buttons and Buttonholes

A Virtual Class with Sarah Woodyard

Have you ever wanted to finish your garment with hand-sewn buttons and buttonholes? This class will explore the foundations of this historic, handmade closure. We will create a sample shirt placket and practice positioning and stitching hand-sewn buttons and buttonholes. This class will demystify the buttonhole, giving you confidence to place buttons on all of your hard earned, hand sewn projects.

In this class you will make a sample and learn how to:

  • Position button and buttonholes
  • Hand-stitch buttonholes
  • Hand-stitch buttons

Saturday, February 25th, 2023

12-2:30pm ET

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants
the day before class.


This class is part of the Beginner Hand Sewing Series. You can sign up for the four part series on the checkout page by clicking the Sign Up link below.

**This class will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all registrants following the live session.


  • Textiles: 2 pieces of light to medium weight, plain woven cotton, 5 inch wide x 15 inch long (12.5 cm x 37.5 cm). 
  • Needles: I recommend size 8-9 sharps, appliqué or quilters needles. 
  • Suggested thread: Cotton “Hand Quilting Thread” 30 or 40 wt.
  • Pencil or fabric marker
  • Seam gauge
  • Sharp, small thread scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • 5 dress shirt buttons, 4 holed, 10-11mm (roughly 3/8” diameter)
  • Thimble (optional)

Sarah Woodyard

Sarah Woodyard is inspired by the labor of historical dressmakers. She spent seven years apprenticing at the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop in Colonial Williamsburg to learn eighteenth-century mantua-making (dressmaking) and millinery (accessories). After completing her apprenticeship she became a Journeywoman mantua-maker and milliner. Sarah holds her M.A. in Material Culture from the University of Alberta. After ten years of sewing and interpreting at the Margaret Hunter Shop it was time to take this knowledge into the twenty-first century. She opened Sewn Company in 2019. Sewn Company arises from a legacy of hand-stitchers past and present. Through Sewn she teaches historical hand-sewing to historical sewists and modern makers. She is currently taking commissions for hand-sewn items both historical and modern. She is passionate about preserving the skills and stories of hand sewing, through research, design and education. www.sewncompany.com

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