Buttonhole Stitch Eyelets

Whilst normally worked with a single strand of stranded cotton or silk, the sample in the video is worked with perle #5 thread, for the sake of clarity.  There is a second sample worked with perle #12 thread.  Neither of them uses the threads that you would use to work on a project but with these threads, you should be able to see what to do.

In the video clip on the tuition page, the small samples were worked with perle no. 5 thread on straight lines.   If you wish to experiment with the stitch before you work it onto your project, work on similar lines with similar thread.

  • With a heat erasable pen, draw small circles between 5 and 10 mm in diameter.

The stitch instructions and diagrams appear below, with the video clip at the bottom of the page. If you would like a printable version, click here.

Working the stitch:

  • In the middle of the circle that you have drawn, pierce the fabric with a tailor’s awl, pushing it all the way down to the handle. 
  • Come up on the line that depicts the outside circle of the eyelet. 
  • Go through the hole that you created with the awl, coming up a little further along the outside line (in either direction), catching the loop of the thread and pulling through to create a buttonhole stitch. 
  • Keep working buttonhole stitches in this way and when you get back to where you started.
  • Catch the last buttonhole stitch with a small couching stitch.

And now for the video clip that covers all of the above.

(Don’t forget to click the icon in the bottom right-hand corner to get it to full screen).