Use this in lieu of a bound buttonhole on either
- delicate fine fabrics like charmeuse where either the style or the fabric won't support the weight, (both visual weight and actual weight) of a bound buttonhole
- bulky or loosely woven fabrics like boucle
cut a bias strip for your buttonhole at least 1 1/4" wide by 3" longer than the buttonhole. Mark the buttonhole. (I used green sharpie for this sample - try to mark with something that will come out of your fabric, and is closer to the color of your fabric)
begin stitching at one point, in the form of a football, all the way around the buttonhole. Use 1mm Stitches at the ends.
Cut through the center, all the way into the points.
turn fabric through, then pull with a "snap". Press,
Finish the back as if for a bound buttonhole.