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Cheongsam Button Making Workshop by Ai Geok


2-Session Workshop | Total of 4 hours

In the olden days, the Chinese Button knot was mainly used on traditional cheong-sam dresses as a button, hence its name. It is very useful as a starting or ending knot as it retains its shape well, so it is also referred to as a stopper or knob. The Shanghai version is call Pan-kou 盘扣, and the patterns are usually made by quilling fabric strips.

In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn to make the Pan-kou from scratch. You will learn how to make fabric tubes that are the basis of the Pan-kou. From there, we will proceed to learn the steps of making a Button knot, which will be used as the knob for all your fasteners. You will then learn to make a basic straight Pan-kou, a Pipa knot Pan-kou, and a twirl Pan-kou.


Knotting and other tools will provided for on-site use.

Participants must have hand and finger dexterity, and basic ability to use sewing machine.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Make fabric tubes
  • Make a basic straight Button fastener set
  • Make the Pipa knot Button fastener set
  • Make the twirl Button fastener set


Things to bring:

Binding tape, bias tape or fabric strips. 5 pre-cut strips, 2cm x 70cm. Advisable to bring spares. Student will bring their own fabric to make fabric tubes using sewing machine and tools. Tools provided for on-site use only.

Classes start on time, please arrive 5 minutes earlier if possible. 


  • Minimum 2 student signups.
  • This course is not SkillsFuture claimable
  • Please inform us as soon as possible if you are not able to attend your booked class.
  • If you would like a refund, our policy is:
    14 calendar days or more: Full workshop fee refund
    Less than 14 calendar days before / Day of the workshop / After the workshop: Full workshop fee forfeited

Individual & group workshops are available to book on request, please enquire. We also offer workshops not listed & can tailor them to suit your needs.

Kindly refer to our class policies before signing up.


Hi, my name is Ai Geok, and I am the hands behind the knots.

I first came into contact with Chinese knots in my teens, and have been fascinated by the art for the past 30 odd years. I hope to preserve the traditional methods of making Chinese knots. I want to find innovative ways of presenting them. I want to change the way people view them.

Knotting is an ancient technique used in many cultures around the world. The threads of a knot are like threads of life. So come, join me to add beauty to the world as I bring simple threads together in a knot.

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