How to sew the Buttonhole Stitch


One of the most ingenious ways of joining two pieces is by using the buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch. This sewing technique allows us to make a decorative border that looks very nice on our projects 🙂

Buttonhole Stitch

Additionally, the buttonhole stitch is really very easy to make and once you have gotten the rhythm and the order of the stitches it will basically make itself!

Step 1: Buttonhole Stitch

In order to start, thread the sewing needle with a piece of fabric yarn or a normal thread. Place the two pieces you want to sew together on top of each other with the insides facing each other (inside out). We are going to start sewing at one of the extremes.

Step 2: Buttonhole Stitch

Tie a knot in your thread and insert the needle in the inner part of one of your pieces, just as you can see in the picture, so that the knot will be hidden once we have finished sewing.

The thread will be in the part behind the project, going from the inside out.

Step 3: Buttonhole Stitch

Now insert the needle through the following stitch of the front part, going also through the following stitch in the back part.

Step 4: Buttonhole Stitch

Pull on the thread and just before it becomes tight, make sure the needle passes through it again. As you can see in the picture, the fabric yarn or thread that you are working with has to be inside the loop we have just formed.

Now tighten the thread.

Step 5: Buttonhole Stitch

Repeat these steps with all the stitches in the part that you want to sew. It is important to tighten all the stitches in the same way so that the seam looks nice, but it is important to take care and not pull too much because that will only deform the project.

Step 6: Buttonhole Stitch

And that’s all! Choose a thread in colors that contrast each other in order to make the most of the buttonhole stitch and don’t forget that perfection comes with practice!

In our example we have used fabric yarn in light gray and turquoise, but you can of course use any color you like, and 15MM needles.

No matter whether you already dominate this technique or if you have just started to use it, we are always interested in seeing your own creations. You can share them with us on Instagram with the hashtag #weareknitters.



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