The ladder stitch (also called slip stitch and invisible stitch) is an important technique to learn to create invisible closures for stuffed toy sewing patterns and closing gaps before topstitching. Even if you aren’t sewing a toy pattern from scratch you may have ended up here looking for a way to mend your child’s beloved teddy or bunny rabbit toy which has been loved to the point it is falling apart. The ladder stitch is also a great invisible stitch to close a pillow.
HOW TO DO LADDER STITCH (INVISIBLE STITCH/Slip Stitch)
Now before you start, make sure you have great lighting and your best pair of reading glasses for a truly invisible stitch.
Start by threading the needle with either a single or double thread and knot the end. I have used a contrast thread for this tutorial but you will want to use a matching one to create an invisible closure.
Poke the needle through the center opening, up through the fold to the top. This will hide the knot inside your project.
Now take a tiny stitch along the fold of the fabric. This is point 2 to 3 in the diagram below. The smaller your stitches the more it will blend into your seam.
Pass the needle across to the other side and along the fold again from point 4 to 5.
Continue in the same pattern. You can pull each stitch tight as you go or pull the stitches closed after you get to the end.
When you get to the end, knot the thread off.
Pass the thread through the opening and into the item and cut off the thread. If you pull a little before you cut, the thread will pull back inside when released hiding the evidence of the end knot.
Here I have used a ladder stitch to close the legs on the Rachel Toy Pattern. See how it is almost invisible.
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READ MORE IN MY HAND STITCHING SERIES
- PART 1 – 6 Basic Hand Stitches
- PART 2 – How to Sew a Seam by Hand – Running Stitch and Backstitch
- PART 3 – How to Whip Stitch
- PART 4 – How to Back stitch
- PART 5 – How to do Blanket Stitch
- PART 6 – How to do Ladder Stitch (Slip Stitch) for an Invisible Closure