Essential Stitches


The idea of stitches getting you all in knots? It's easy, we promise! Here are the essential stitches used to make the pouch from our Spring Stitches event. Master these three and there won't be anything to hold you back from hemming those too long pants, or tackling a sewing DIY from Pinterest. Our directions below show how to do each stitch, and when to use them. Whatever you end up deciding to make, we promise you one thing: there's nothing better than looking at something and knowing YOU made it with your own two paws!


Backstitch

1. Tie a knot at the end of a length of thread.


2. Begin the backstitch by poking the needle up through the fabric (1), and then back down to make a single straight stitch (2). In the diagram, “1” is where the needle comes up through the fabric, and “2” is where is goes down again.


3. You’ll want to keep your stitch lengths as even as possible.

We make ours about 1/4”-1/8” long.

4. Continue straight, but come up a space ahead (3) and bring your needle down into the same hole at the end of the last stitch you made (4). You’re bringing your stitch

back to the end of the last one...a backstitch! Get it? Knew you would!


5. Keep going! Remember not to pull your stitches to tight. Smaller stitches will be more secure, but if you’re in a rush, make those bad boys a little longer! Make that thread your stitch!


USED FOR:

The backstitch is one of the strongest, most adaptable, and

permanent hand stitches. Use this stitch for a hem where the stitch is visible, seams, or

anywhere you’d like to attach 2 pieces of fabric together.


Whipstitch

1. Tie a knot in the end of your thread.


2. You are going to reinforce the backstitch you made along the side of the pouch with the whipstitch. Start along one side of the pouch and poke the needle up through the

fabric.


3. Poke the needle 1/8” away at a jaunty angle. It is important to pull the stitches so they are snug, but not too tight.


4. Continue to work from the one end to the other until the two edges are joined. Slanted

stitches will be produced, which can be short or long depending on how close together

your stitches are. Whip(stitch) it good!


USED FOR:

The whip stitch is used for joining two pieces of fabric together or to prevent fraying on the

edge of a seam. Use this stitch for small rips or tears, appliqués, or decorative stitching.


Blanket stitch

1. Tie a knot at the end of the thread. Work from one end to the other.


2. Just below the edge of the fabric, bring the needle up at A, down at B and up at C, pulling it taut. The trick here is to loop the thread behind the needle in C, to catch the thread.


3. To form the next stitch, re-insert the needle to make a diagonal stitch to the right, just below the edge of the fabric. Again loop the thread behind the needle. Repeat to form a line of stitching. Keep the stitches nice and even and work with an even tension.This will keep your buttonhole from

fraying.


USED FOR:

Think of the blanket stitch as the slightly more refined version of the whipstitch. It’s used for joining 2 pieces of fabric together, to prevent fraying on the edge of a seam, to reinforce unfinished hems, button holes, or decorative stitching. Use this stitch for hems, small rips or tears, appliqués, or a slightly more niche use - combining two wigs together!


Button

1. Tie a knot at the end of the thread. Position the button on the fabric.


2. Push the threaded needle up through the fabric and through one hole in the button, and then down through the hole across. Pull the thread all the way through with each stitch.


3. Repeat through these holes twice, then switch to the other holes.


4. On the last stitch, push the needle through the material, but not through a hole in the button.

5. Wrap the thread four times around the thread between the button and the material to reinforce the shank you have created. Excuse me, who are you calling a shank?


6. Push the needle back down through the material.


7. Make a few stitches below the button, going back and forth to make them strong. Tie this thread off and snip!


Finishing Knot

1. Nick the back of the fabric with the needle very close to your last stitch, catching about 1/8" of fabric.


2. Next, grab the thread close to the last stitch, and wrap it 3-6 times around the end of the needle.


3. Finally, while holding your knot of thread around the needle in place, pull the needle through. Push the loops down the thread towards the fabric, making as tight and small a knot as possible. You can now cut your thread about 1/8" from the knot, and you won't have to worry about it unraveling.

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