Hand working an eyelet with a buttonhole stitch is surprisingly fast and easy. Hand-worked eyelets are strong, easily sizable, don’t fall out, and most importantly, you never find yourself running out of the color you need at 3am.
Size: 1/8″-1/4″ inner diameter. Outer Diameter depends on stitch size. Additional Supplies Needed: Heavy Thread, Awl (a sharp pencil will do in a pinch)
One of the things that really slows you down when you’re sewing by hand is knots. I don’t mean the kind that show up in the middle of the thread uninvited (though those are a bugger too). I mean the kind that you have to tie at the end of stitching so that it doesn’t all come out. I was taught a fussy little method with a short stitch, a loop, cutting long ends, a square knot, and cutting the ends. That’s, like, fifty-two time consuming steps and I was forever making the first cut too close and having to tie the knot with these microscopic little bits of thread.
I don’t do that anymore. I just make a little french knot in the last stitch. (I’m including this because my own mother was shocked and astounded when I told her about it, so I figure there might be others who aren’t aware….)