Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

I know a lot of you are planning on making your own toggle closures so I thought I’d slip this post in before we attach the button bands so that you’re all ready to go and can sew your toggles on straight after that step. If you need a supply list for making your own toggle closures, please check out this post on gathering your supplies.

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

Before you start you’re going to want to lay down some paper to work on top of. Believe me you do not want to super glue anything to your nice table. Okay. You can start by tracing your toggle pattern piece onto heavier paper or just glue it on like I did. This isn’t a necessary step but I find it much easier to trace the toggles onto leather when they’re on thicker paper than the tissue.

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

Trace your toggle onto the leather. You’ll need three closures so cut 6 tab shapes out of the leather. I used a sharpie to trace mine on, then just made sure to cut away any markings.

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

You’ll then need to cut your leather lace into the proper length for your closures. To some extent this will depend on the type of toggle button you’re using, how far apart the holes are and how thick the button is, but for mine I found approximately 7″ worked well. When marking how long to make your lacing you’ll want both ends to fall towards the center of the toggle closure with the button hitting in the center of the front band.

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

For the toggle button side of the closure, thread the lacing through the buttons making sure that nothing is twisted.

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

Place a dab of your glue in the center of the toggle tab and stick your lacing down. You’ll want to give it a good press to make sure it’s held in place properly but don’t use your finger! Take an old pencil or something you don’t mind super gluing and use that to press it in place.

Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures | Grainline Studio

Repeat the same steps, minus threading the button, for the other side of the toggle closure. Make sure your toggles are completely dry before you attempt to attach them to the coat. I like to let mine dry overnight because better safe than stuck to your coat!

Up next, attaching the front zippers, bands, and the beautiful toggle closures you just made. Stay tuned!

8 replies on “Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures

  • ipires

    Hi, do you think the pattern would still work without the toggles, since it has the zip?

    Also, due to annoying fabric issues, I am thinking of omitting the outside pockets. Would you think it would work if I did some in-seam pockets on the side seams? I have this amazing mustard yellow wool in my stash but it is just short of being able to fit all pieces for view A, namely the pocket pieces…

    Thank you for any input!

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    • Jen

      Hahaha as soon as I finished photographing this post I glued mine together as well! Also heads up, don’t tape across the suede side of your leather, it will take you FOREVER to get the tape off. Trust me, I did that shortly after I glued my fingers together and there was some definite silent yelling happening while trying to peel the tape from that suede 😉

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  • Lauren

    Thank you for this tutorial! Where’d you get that leather cord, or what exactly should I search for? I’m having trouble knowing what to buy online.

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