The button hole stitch is a great stitch for finishing off your applique. Whether the applique has a raw edge or a finished edge– it doesn’t really matter.
This hand stitch is a great way to keep all the look edges together, and is easy to take with you and stitch on the go.
DMC floss (or your favorite applique thread) In this video I used 2 strands of floss
Button Hole Stitch Tutorial:
1- start with your needle and thread coming out along the outside edge of the applique shape
2- take your needle down inside the applique –this will determine your stitch depth, so make this consistent with each stitch
3- wrap your thread around to the back of your needle — if you don’t do this your stitch will not stay and disappear to the backside!
4- pull your thread to tighten the stitch
5- repeat stitches 2-4 keeping them consistent in length and depth
Here’s a Video to help you see it in action:
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