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Creative Closures: 8 Unique Techniques

with Marsha McClintock
Creative Closures: 8 Unique Techniques
Fasten your garments and accessories with fashionable and functional flair! Personalize any pattern with one-of-a-kind closures that set your projects apart.

Boost your sewing savvy with pattern designer Marsha McClintock and learn to construct an inspired array of closure styles. Make your garments stand out with clever cut-on closures or capture a chic, understated look with in-seam buttonholes. Add a new focal point to your garments with corded closures and sew reversible button bands for twice the fun. Then, create triangle or origami buttonholes that are an eye-catching style statement. Plus, achieve a fun, trendy look with easy fold-over elastic closures, and bring your garments and accessories together beautifully with tab closures. From classic to contemporary, simple to artful, infuse unique design interest into garments and accessories with creative, customized closures.

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Lesson 1. Cut-On Closures

  • Meet your instructor, Marsha McClintock, and dive right into designing cut-on closures. Marsha will show you how to design with the paper templates included in your class materials. You'll then see how to transfer your designs to a paper pattern and to fabric.


Lesson 2. In-Seam Buttonholes

  • If you struggle with traditional buttonholes or want to try a different look, the in-seam buttonhole might be just the technique you seek. Marsha demonstrates how to alter a pattern to accommodate in-seam buttonholes, and how to sew and press them for a professional look.


Lesson 3. Corded Closures

  • Cording can add a playful, decorative touch to any garment and can be used to create a variety of closures. Learn how to make your own cording and apply it to your work.


Lesson 4. Reversible Button Bands

  • If you love making reversible garments, try adding a reversible button band, too! With two sets of buttonholes and two sets of buttons, this innovative technique lets you create a jacket or vest that does double duty in your wardrobe.


Lesson 5. Origami Buttonholes

  • Inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding, these buttonholes add a whimsical touch to any garment. Use the same technique for unique embellishments on your designs!


Lesson 6. Triangle Buttonholes

  • While similar to a bound buttonhole, the triangle buttonhole has a big Wow! factor but is very easy to make. You can make pockets the same way for double the Wow! Marsha will show you how.


Lesson 7. Fold-Over Elastic

  • Fold-over elastic is a flexible and versatile trim that allows you to make stretchy buttonholes along the front of your garment and easily bind other edges. Learn how to work with this handy material!


Lesson 8. Tab Closures

  • Tab closures are easy to make and offer endless possibilities for creative closures in your designs, whether on a jacket front, pocket or bag. Try some of the templates included with your class or create your own!

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