The Chinese Frog closures bring glamour to the hard world of fasteners. Other than the decorative element, this is a very quick and easy to apply fastener.
Quilted jackets, satin gowns, cute dresses for girls, tote bags, decorative boxes -You can use them to fasten n number of things. A cape can be beautifully fastened with this closure. A kimono jacket is another garment which could use this fastener. So you needn’t make those bright oriental dresses yourself to sew the frog clasps. You can make them in complimentary colours matching your clothes and sew them on to your bags or clothes for just that oriental touch or decorative element.
The Frog closures have a decorative loop design with one loop and one knot for closing it together . They are mostly made of rayon, polyester and cotton blend cording. The commercially available ones that is . But the commercially available ones are almost always way too expensive and too big for me. When you are making this fastener you can make it with any string, cord or rouleau loops ( checkout this tutorial to make thin fabric tubes to make the frog loops) .The tutorial given is for a simple frog loop.
Frog closures usually measure 3 inch in length and about 1.5 inch width. But I like the look of small loops and hence the tutorial is for small ones. But this can be adjusted as per your preference.
I used a 50 cm ( 20 inch) long string to make the one side loop, for bigger ones obviously you need more length. Just follow the pictures for instructions. I drew a cross of 2 inch length and 1.5 inch width. You can make this any size you want. Just manipulate the string around this cross and use pins to keep in place. I did this on my ironing table but even on a hard surface the pin will stay till the end when you hand stitch the whole thing securely together
How to Make the second loop with button
For the other loop you need a button knot. For that take a cord of 50 cms or more ( 20 inches) . Fold by half and start with the loop formed at the fold, left end under the right end . Follow this tutorial to make the turk’s head knot which will give you the button you need.
At the end of the knot when you tighten the knot into a ball, you will be having a long tail. Manipulate the string to another three loops. Secure with hand stitches.
Manipulate the tail end of the button knot to make three knots the same way you made the earlier loop. Then push the tail ends of cord to the back and cut off extra. Hand stitch everything in place.
How to attach the frog closure to your clothes
You need to hand sew it with some anchor stitches with a matching thread. First pin it correctly on to the garment. Then hand stitch all the loop to the garment, making sure that it is straight, not skewed. Also do not sew the closure loop ( into which you will insert the button ) to the garment
Found this beautiful photo tutorial for another frog closure in pinterest. I couldn’t find the original contributor