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How to Embroider the Button Hole Stitch


Texture Terrarium Stitch Along Day 12: Button Hole Stitch

Now that we've stitch a variation of the button hole stitch, why not create the button hole stitch as well? This time we'll be using the button hole stitch to add a floral bloom to our center cactus terrarium.


The Stitch:

The button hole stitch is traditionally used to reinforce the area around a button hole. I love using this stitch as a decorative design on top of another stitch or to let the fabric show through on my embroidery.


Watch the video below for how to embroider the button hole stitch and scroll down for a step-by-step guide + information on how to join the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along with Pattern Club.


How To Video:


Step By Step Guide:


1. The button hole stitch can be used to create a fan-like shape or fill in a space. Start at the point you would like the inside of the button hole design to begin.


2. Hold the thread off to the side of the fabric and bring the needle back down in the same hole. This should make a loop of thread on the front of the fabric.


3. Next bring your needle up through the loop of thread on the front of the fabric, where you would like to outer edge of the button hole to be.


4. Hold the thread off to the side again and bring the needle back down through the fabric at the bottom point of the button hole. If you are creating an arc, this will be in the same place as the previous inner stitch. If you are filling in a shape, this will be slightly further along the inner edge of the shape.


5. Continue adding segments of the button hole until reaching the desired shape/size.


6. To end the button hole stitch, bring the needle back down through the fabric just to the right of the top of the last thread loop.



Want to join in the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along? During July 2021 you can join Pattern Club and stitch this design along with us for only $10! If clubs aren't your thing or it's not July, you can purchase the digital pattern here. Then follow along with each blog post to learn how to create each embroidery stitch used in this Textural Terrarium. You can also find more colorful and beginner-friendly embroidery patterns and kits in the MCreativeJ shop.

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