Have you then only measured the diameter of the button and ended up with a button hole that is too small for your chunky button?
Fear not! There is a way to work out exactly how wide you need to make your button hole for chunky fat buttons.
I recently read this technique in Couture Sewing techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer
Below are some buttons that require not only consideration of their width but also their height.
If we only measure the diameter, this button is 2cm
If I sew a button hole only 2cm wide, it will be a bit tight and the fabric might end up stretching in order to force the button through leaving you with saggy button holes! (Oh the horror!)
So instead take a piece of ribbon or twill tape and wrap it the button like so...
Pin the tape closed tight against the button so it stays in the loop
Pop out the button and measure the width of the tape from fold to the pin.
The space required now for this tape is 2.5cm so we have gained an extra 5mm!
It does make a difference!
Use this measurement for your projects and hopefully your buttons will slip through without damaging the hole
Have you used this method before? What other tricks do you try to get the right button hole width?