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.

Embroidery Tips

  • The Buttonhole wheel stitch will form a small hole in the center of the stitch, where all the legs of the Blanket 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.
Buttonhole wheel embroidery stitch on white fabric with blue floss
Buttonhole wheel back side

More Variations Of The Blanket Stitch:

Video tutorial

If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel. In this video, you’ll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will have you creating the Buttonhole wheel like a pro in no time.

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

Need More Guidance?

The top 10 hand embroidery stitches to learn is a free online course created for beginners.

White sashiko stitches on purple fabric