Whip stitch is a popular method of hand stitching seams which are attractive and durable. You will often find it in sewing patterns that use felt as it is great for hand appliqued designs.
HOW TO SEW WHIP STITCH TO JOIN SEAMS
Start by knotting the end of your thread and bringing the needle through the middle of the 2 layers and up to the top. This will hide the knot in your finished project.
I have used a contrast thread for this tutorial but if you wish to have invisible stitches then use a matching cotton and make your stitches as small as possible.
Bring the needle directly down and then push it up through both layers of fabric from the bottom to the top. The needle should exit at the same hole where you started. This is will give you your first stitch and secure the end of your row of stitching.
Once again bring the needle through the same hole at the bottom but this time bring it up at a diagonal next to your first stitch.
Next bring the needle up from the bottom in line right underneath your last stitch. Angle the needle so the thread comes up next to the last stitch. Try and keep the distance between the stitches nice and even.
Keep repeating this stitching method until you get to the end. Bring the needle up into the middle of the two fabrics so you can hide the knot.
Separate your layers and knot the thread off on the inside.
Gently open your fabric up and there you have a strong seam hand sewn with a whip stitch.
What are you planning on using your whip stitch for? Please share below if you have any extra tips.
Now you know how to whip stitch, try it on my free felt pincushion pattern.
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 Sew Whip Stitch
- PART 4 – How to Backstitch
- PART 5 – How to Sew Blanket Stitch
- PART 6 – How to Sew a Ladder Stitch for an Invisible Closure