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Buttonhole Stitch


The buttonhole stitch is a versatile embroidery stitch that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as creating borders, finishing edges, and making decorative shapes. It is an easy stitch to learn, even for beginners, and can be used with a variety of different thread types and fabric materials.

How to do the Buttonhole Stitch

  1. Start the stitch: Bring the needle up through the fabric from the backside. Hold the thread down with your left thumb and insert the needle right next to where it came up through the fabric, leaving a small loop.
  2. Stitch forward: Take the needle over the loop and through the fabric, then pull the thread tight. This creates the first stitch.
  3. Stitch backward: Bring the needle up through the fabric again, this time inside the loop you just made. Hold the thread down with your thumb and bring the needle back through the same hole you went through in step 2.
  4. Repeat: Continue stitching in the same way, making each new stitch right next to the previous one, until you have the desired length of stitching.
  5. End the stitch: To finish the stitch, bring the needle up through the fabric next to the last stitch, and then take it back down through the loop of the last stitch. Pull the thread tight and cut it close to the fabric.


  • Practice on a scrap piece of fabric before working on your final project.
  • Keep your stitches consistent in size and spacing for a neater finish.
  • Use a hoop to keep your fabric taut and make it easier to stitch.
  • Experiment with different thread types and colors to create different effects.