Buttonhole stitch is a very popular stitch all across the stitching world. This is pretty similar to the blanket stitch yet is different in it’s working. It uses a slightly different technique than the blanket stitch.
This stitch is generally used to secure the edges of the buttonhole in shirts and hence it’s named. The buttonholes are secured more tightly with this stitch. But, generally, people confuse this stitch with the blanket stitch. If you work both the stitches, you will understand the difference.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
How many strands of floss do you need for making the buttonhole stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 2 strands of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the buttonhole stitch
1. I have worked this on two horizontal lines, you can work in any direction. Bring the thread up at point A. Insert the needle from point B to point C as shown above.
2. Pass the loose end of the thread under the needle as displayed in the picture above.
3. Pull the thread up gently. You will notice that a knot will form as you pull the thread up. Pull it till the end of point B. Work in a similar fashion for the rest of the pattern. Take the thread down at the end of the design and secure it with a knot.
Tips for working the buttonhole stitch
- I have used the lines for a better understanding of the stitch. But you can either avoid it or use a water-soluble ink.
- This stitch can be done in any direction.
- Gently pull the thread to secure the knot. If you pull too tightly, you will end up tightening the stitch.
What is this stitch used for?
- This stitch is generally used for securing the edges of the buttonhole.
- It can also be used for securing the edges of any fabric.
- Flowers can also be made with this stitch.
- It can be used as a border design too.
- Applique work can be secured with this stitch too.
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More stitches tutorials:
- Stem Stitch
- Chain Stitch
- Running Stitch
- French Knot
- Lazy Daisy
- Back Stitch
- Cable Chain Stitch
- Fly Stitch
- Bullion Knot
- Woven Trellis Stitch
- Long And Short Stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
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