Buttonhole wheel stitch

Buttonhole wheel

The Buttonhole wheel is a variation of the Blanket stitch, where the wheel shape is formed by placing blanket stitches in a circle. The Buttonhole wheel is also a base for Blanket stitch filling in circles

Applications of the stitch

The Buttonhole wheel is a very decorative motif you can add to your embroidery designs. It can become a flower or any circular part of the design. 

Besides that, you can use this stitch for mending projects. E.g., Instead of hiding a small hole, you can emphasize it and work a Buttonhole stitch around it, creating a structured and colorful outline for the hole.

Buttonhole wheel front and back view
Buttonhole wheel front and back view

Embroidery tips

  • The Buttonhole wheel stitch will form a small hole in the center of the stitch, where all the legs of the Balnket stitch meet. The less dense the fabric – the bigger will be the hole. Keep it in mind when choosing this stitch.
  • You can change the density of the stitches. The wheel can be formed by several stitches or by tens of stitches. It will create a different visual effect.
  • The hole of the wheel can be centered or off-center for a more interesting look.

Video tutorial

Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to embroider the Buttonhole wheel stitch.

What's next?

Looking for some other stitch? Head to this blog’s Stitches and Techniques part and choose the stitch you want to learn!

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