Learn to Sew a Hidden Button Placket

5 materials
20 Minutes

Hey guys! In this tutorial, I will be teaching you how to make a hidden button placket for your clothes. This is a great little sewing trick if you want to hide the buttons on any of your pieces. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Buttons
  • Rotary cutter
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
Sew a hidden button placket

Cut two placket pieces 

The first thing you need to do is cut two pieces for the placket. The small placket piece measures 4 by 9.5 inches and the large piece measures 6.5 by 9.5 inches. 

Press a center fold

Make a center fold 

I then folded each piece in half, lengthwise. I then pressed to get a center fold. 

Cut the bodice

Cut the bodice 

Next, I cut down the center of the bodice, or wherever the placket will be. 

Cut a second strip

In this example, the opening is 8.5 inches deep. I then cut a second slit about half an inch away with the same depth. 

Make a hidden button placket

Make a triangle flap 

I cut out the center strip and cut a little triangle flap at the bottom of the opening. 

How to sew a hidden button placket

Stitch on the large placket

Then, I went ahead and placed a pin on the left side of the opening so that I would remember which side to start with. 

Stitch on the placket

I turned the garment over and placed the large placket along the right side (with the pin). The right side of the placket piece was facing the wrong side of the garment. I then stitched down the raw edge using a quarter inch seam allowance. 

Press the seam allowance

I then turned the garment over and pulled the placket piece away from the garment. Using an iron I pressed the seam allowance flat, toward the placket piece.  

Flatten the seam

Work on the large placket 

Next, I folded the placket back toward the garment. I flattened the seam so that I couldn't see any wrong side of the fabric on the front. I then pressed that seam flat. 

How to make a hidden button placket

I flipped the other side of the garment so that it was out of my way. I then folded the raw edge of the placket piece by a quarter-inch and pressed. 

Match up the fold with the seam

Next, I took the center fold that I had created earlier and matched it up with the wrong side of the seam I had just sewed. 

Easy hidden button placket

I flipped the little fold of fabric I had just created underneath the garment so that the only thing I had under the seam was the single layer placket piece. Next, I folded over the long edge of the placket that I had just pressed down so that it covered the seam. I then went ahead and pinned the placket in place. I like to pin on the right side of the fabric because this is where I would be doing the topstitch.

DIY hidden button placket

Once I had sewed down the middle, I pressed that fold really flat as well as the fold underneath. This gave the top portion of the placket that hides the buttons and the bottom portion where you’ll be sewing your buttonholes. 

Attach the small placket

Stitch on the small placket 

Next, I lifted the second part of the garment and placed the smaller placket right sides together along the edge. I then stitched along the edge of the placket leaving a quarter inch seam allowance. 

Press well

I then folded the placket away from the bodice and pressed well. 

Fold the raw edge

I then folded the raw edge of the placket and pressed as I had done on the other one. 

Pin and stitch

I turned the garment over and fold the placket piece over the seam allowance. Then I pinned and stitched along that folded edge and pressed it well. 

Pull the large placket forward

Finish the placket 

Next, I pulled the bigger placket to the front. I also tucked the second placket behind so that the triangle flap was exposed. 

Basic hidden button placket

I then matched up the wrong side of the triangle flap with the wrong side of the small placket. I then stitched through the small placket and the triangle flap of fabric. From the inside, I wouldn’t be able to see any raw edges. 

Tuck in the raw edge

Next, I folded the raw edge of the larger placket inward, tucking it in. I then sewed a square and an x through all the thickness. 

Sewing a hidden button placket

Press the garment and there you have it! Sewing a hidden button placket is a great skill to have for your future sewing projects! Let me know, in the comments, what piece you would make with a hidden button placket! 

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric
  • Buttons
  • Sewing machine
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