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Edited and updated July 2015

How to Sew a Whip Stitch



Welcome to Sewing With Kids! Today I'm going to explain how to sew a whip stitch.



If you sewed a whip stitch around the perimeter of a felt shape it would look like little, slanted lines of thread all the way around, like in the photo above. 

The thread loops around the edge of the fabric with each stitch. It's a strong stitch; strong enough to keep stuffing inside a stuffed toy.

This is how to sew a whip stitch.

Notice that there are dots on the sewing project. These show a beginner where to make each stitch until she has learned stitch spacing. Read about how to prepare projects for beginners.

1) Thread a needle.

2) Tie a knot. 

3) Line up two pieces of felt and pin them together. Start stitching on the first dot after the *2" gap in dots.

*Note to grown-ups: If you have prepared the project for a beginner as I show you, a 2" gap in the dots was left blank to let your beginner know where to begin and end her sewing. It is also an opening where the stuffing will go later. 

4) Hide the knot by poking the needle through one piece of fabric from the wrong side to the right side. (Read more about hiding the knot.)

5) Now you are ready to whip stitch. This is a rhyme I use to help kids remember how to start and sew a whip stitch. 

a) Come up through the dot. Pull all the way through.
Now, what is the next thing that you do?

b) Come up through the same dot. Pull all the way through.
Now, what is the next thing that you do?

c) Come up through the next dot. Pull all the way through.
Now, what is the next thing that you do? 

c) Come up through the next dot. Pull all the way through.
Now, what's the next thing that you do?

Now, let me explain the rhyme.


a) The first line says, "Come up through the dot". That means, please hide the knot. 


Hide the knot.
"Pull all the way through." reminds kids that they need to tug on the needle until the thread is pulled snug.

"What is the next thing that you do?" alerts the sewist to start the whip stitch. She needs to whip the thread around the outside edge of the fabric to get ready for the next step. 

b) Next, "Come up through the same dot." tells the child to whip the thread around the edge of the fabric as I just said, and poke the needle from the back of her project up through the exact dot where she just hid the knot. Poke the needle from underneath the project ... back to front. 


Come up through the same dot.
c) Then, "Come up through the next dot."  She whips the thread around the edge of the fabric and pokes the needle from the back of her project up through the next dot in the line of dots. She repeats line C until it's time to sew a lock stitch. It will begin to look like this.

Come up through the next dot.
She should get into the habit of checking under the fabric to make sure there are no twists or knots in the thread. And that is how to sew a whip stitch.

Happy stitching!

10 comments:

  1. thanks for share....

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks so much for visiting.

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  2. Oh this is a wonderful thing for kids.You teach so well via the internet I love the photos of those smiling faces. B

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    1. Seeing those smiling faces in person is even better. I hope you have a little loved one to sew with :-)

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  3. oh Sue - i will definitely pass your site on to friends with small children...but heck - i am going to spend a lot of time here learning how to sew better! this site is beautiful! i love it!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Thank you Kymber! I hope you find it helpful for both you and your friends. Thanks for visiting :-)

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  4. I love the rhyme that you came up with! I think I might find your blog useful as I don't really know how to sew so this would be a good way for me to learn! :)

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    1. I would like to take credit, but the rhyme is an oldie that I learned along the way. If you run into any questions feel free to ask. I'd like to help in any way I can. Thanks so much for visiting! :-)

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