Sunday, May 15, 2016

How to Anchor Thread and Begin a Line of Stitching

Hi, I'm Sue. I use the Winky Cherry System to teach kids how to hand sew in my home studio and I like to write about it here. I've written previously about how to prep sewing projects for beginning sewers the Winky Cherry way, and how to anchor thread using a whip stitch. Today, I'd like to show you another way to anchor the thread at the beginning of a sewing project.

Let’s get started!

For the purpose of this tutorial I am sewing two pieces of felt together to make a little felt bird. But, you can apply this thread anchoring method to other hand stitched projects such as sewing a hem. If you like to have options, you can also check out How to Anchor Thread Using Technique #1

1) Begin by hiding the knot. In class, we call this making a knot sandwich because the knot is like the filling between two pieces of bread.

Decide where you want the first stitch placed and poke the needle up through only one piece of fabric at that spot. Pull the thread all the way through until the knot is snug against the fabric. Now, sandwich the knot. Tuck it between the 2 pieces of fabric that are going to be sewn together.

2) Next, poke the needle through both pieces of fabric very close to the spot where you hid the knot. Pull the thread all the way through.

3) Finally, once more poke the needle up very close to the same spot. Pull all the way through. 

All you will see is one little stitch on each side of the fabric, and with practice you can make those stitches very small, almost invisible.

Now you are ready to sew!

Happy stitching!


  1. This was explained so well, even I can follow it! I need to stitch up a few of these critters for practice. Thank you for taking the time to share your craft.

    1. You are welcome, Daisy. Thank you for your comment!


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