Chevron stitch embroidery
made with red and yellow thread

Chevron stitch

A Chevron stitch embroidery is a zig-zag-shaped stitch done between two parallel lines. The lines can be straight and curved. 

Tiny horizontal straight stitches are connected with diagonal lines to make this beautiful stitch.

Other names of the stitch

Also known as Point de Chevron or Punto de Chevron, this stitch has various names reflecting its global journey. It has been adapted and renamed in different cultures. Still, the essence of the Chevron remains constant: a series of interconnected V’s forming a zigzag pattern.

Chevron stitch with yellow and red thread on white fabric

Applications of the Chevron stitch

The Chevron stitch is an embroidery technique often used for lines and borders.

Besides its decorative purpose, the Chevron stitch is excellent for sewing and mending. It is slightly elastic. Therefore, you can use it for the borders of the garments. This stitch is a practical choice for reinforcing seams or adding decorative edges to the fabric. Its robust structure makes it ideal for durable items like table linens or denim.

The distance between parallel lines and the diagonal stitches’ angle will define the stitches’ size and density.

More stitches from the Chevron stitch family

  • Chevron filling
  • Half Chevron stitch
  • Threaded Chevron stitch

Learn how to embroider Chevron Stitch

Follow the step-by-step tutorial with detailed photos below, and you will learn the Chevron Stitch quickly. If you are a visual learner, watch a video lesson in the tutorial or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel to learn this hand embroidery stitch faster.

Chevron stitch embroidery - three rows of stitches in red and yellow

How to embroider Chevron Stitch

Step-by-step hand embroidery tutorial


  1. First, mark two parallel lines on the fabric.
  2. Make a small locking stitch and come up with a needle under it.
  3. Move up in a diagonal. Pass the needle to the back of the fabric and come up to the left of the diagonal stitch.
  4. Keep the loop of the working thread open. Pass the needle down on the right and reach the starting point.
  5. Close the loop and make a diagonal stitch down.
  6. Repeat the steps to make a small horizontal stitch.
  7. Continue this way until you finish your design.

Video tutorial

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Tools and materials I used for this sampler

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Embroidery fabric cotton linen neutral colors Etsy
Embroidery fabric
DMC Pearl Cotton #8 thread on Etsy
DMC Pearl Cotton #8
Beechwood embroidery hoops Etsy
Embroidery hoop
Bohin Embroidery Needles Etsy
Bohin Embroidery Needles
Embroidery Scissors Etsy
Embroidery Scissors

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!

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