How to Sew in an Eyelet

An eyelet, or a button hole, lets you add closures to your clothing projects. Simple to master, sewing an eyelet adds to your sewing repertoire.

Choose the Placement

Before you can sew in the eyelet, you must measure the placement. The eyelet will be directly across from the button, but it needs to be large enough to allow the button to pass through. Measure your button or toggle first, then add just a little more length to allow for some movement of the button when the piece of clothing is closed. Draw a line on the fabric to show where the eyelet will be.

Add an Eyelet

Put the fabric under the presser foot of the sewing machine, with the eyelet to the right. Rotate the wheel and insert the needle slightly above the eyelet line. Use a zigzag stitch along the line. Layer another slightly wider zigzag stitch over this, then narrow stitches to the sides. Once you are done, take a utility knife and cut the line right down the center.

An eyelet allows you to add buttons to your accessories. In just a few minutes, you can turn an open sweater into a cardigan—just in time for the cooler months.