A couple of days ago I popped up How to Sew on Buttons which was originally also going to be a tutorial on how to sew on a hook & eyes and press studs. It ended up being massive, so I split it in three. Today’s instalment is the good ol’ hook & eye!
Thread the needle and secure (for information on knotting click here, or click here to learn how to sew a cross anchor)
Start with the hook half. Hold it firmly between the thumb and index finger of your non-dominant hand and stitch around it three to four times. Be careful not to make the stitching too thick, or have it too close to the end of the hook.
If you are working with multiple layers (which is the likely scenario), push the needle between them and under the hook so it pops out at one of the loops. If you don’t have multiple layers tie off and re-knot the thread at the loop.
Stitch around the loop moving towards the middle. Take the needle down to the wrong side of the fabric then back up in the middle of the next loop. Stitch around the second loop and tie it off.
Repeat the loop process with the eye.
Congrats, you’ve sewn on a hook and eye!
The loops can be sewn with a whipstitch or a blanket stitch. The blanket stitch gives it a really nice neat finish which you can see below.
Often you’ll be sewing these onto a waistband or something similar so it’s good to be aware of threads showing on the outside of the garment. If that’s the look you’re after then by all means go for it! If you want a cleaner look, stick to keeping the threads between the layers of fabric whenever you can.
I’ll be posting how to sew on press studs in a couple of days.
Until then! xx
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