Buttonhole Stitch

The buttonhole stitch is visually similar to the blanket stitch but uses a different method of sewing.

Traditionally, this stitch is used to secure the edges of buttonholes as it gives a much sturdier stitch due to the knots it makes. But, over time, it came to be confused with the blanket stitch as these two stitches are used for the same purpose, that is, securing fabric edges.

A buttonhole stitch is best done with a slightly thicker thread.

I have illustrated this stitch between two horizontal parallel lines. This stitch can be done in any direction.

Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A. Now, loop the thread around from left to right. Take the needle in through B and bring it out from C, as shown. Keep the thread below the needle always. Fig 2: Pull out the needle towards the top. This creates a small knot near the point B.
DO NOT pull the needle downwards as it will not give the desired results.
Fig 3: A finished portion of the buttonhole stitch would look like this. A thicker thread would have revealed the knots better.
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  1. christine kay Australia Mozilla Windows says:

    You know your fantastic with & teaching craft! I live in Australia. Are you able to send an embroidery book to me???
    I once had one but we moved and you know what happens. I can’t buy another book like it. Would appreciate your reply.

    • sarah India Google Chrome Windows says:

      Hi Christine,
      Sorry for a late response. We are right now in the process of making an E-book, which we hope to make available my mid 2018. I don’t have a paper back book yet. I hope you will be interested in the E-book. 🙂

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