Vintage Sewing

chinese frog closures

December 4, 2009

Greetings Sew Retro-ers! 

A couple months I made this dress, and I tied the frog buttons to boot. I know I can’t be the only one out there who finds the available closures limiting. Too big, too small, wrong color, cheap shiny look, it makes sense to learn to knot them yourself. I put together a tutorial so anyone wanting to perfectly finish their Mandarin collar, cheongsam, or qipau, can do so with out going crazy trying to figure out how to tie them. 

My mom says she had a book that explained how to tie them. Where are those books now? I searched everywhere and had difficulty finding decent instructions. I don’t know how many test frogs I made before I got them sorted out, but hopefully these instructions will save others that frustration. Happy Frogging!
  1. You are awesome! I've been so disgusted with the limited selection of closures at my local stores and have often thought about making my own but was never brave enough to sit and try. Your tutorial is very easy to figure out. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Thank you for that information on how to make frogs. Wish I'd had it when I was making a little chinese dress for my youngest. As echoed by others here, the choice at my local store was very limited and I ended up with something ridiculously big (and not the colour I wanted) for a tiny dress. And what a beautiful blog you have! Have been going through your archive posts and can't wait to explore it at length.

  3. Thanks so much for this! Now I just want to find a project that involves frog closures just so I can try making them using your very useful and well laid out tutorial!

  4. The dress is absolutley gorgeous, and thank you so much for posting the instructions–I will definitely be using them!

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