Stitch Guide

Whether you are new to sewing or just looking for a little refresher, take a look at the following Stitch Guide before you begin your Wee Things sewing kit. You can find below some of the basic stitches that are referenced in our kits, as well as helpful step-by-step instructions (videos coming soon!) Questions? You can always reach out to Rachel at rachel@wee-things.com. Happy sewing!

WORKING WITH THREAD BASICS

Embroidery Floss

Cotton floss is made up of six strands of thread, but it’s best to sew with less bulk. Cut your floss to the length directed in each pattern step and then gently divide it into sections, pulling it apart starting at one end. It can be helpful to hold the floss taught while dividing by holding the other end gently between or lips or squeezed between your knees. Use two or three strands of thread while sewing, as specified in the project.

Threading Your Needle

Hold the end of your thread between the thumb and index finger of your non-dominant hand (sometimes it helps to dampen it first). Pass the eye of your needle over the tip of the thread. Pull it through, leaving a 3-4 inch tail. Keep the tail pinched between your fingers as you sew.
 

SEWING WITH KIDS: Keeping track of a dangling thread tail can be tricky for children. Instead, help kids prepare a double strand of thread. Measure out twice the desired length and pull the thread through the needle until the two ends meet. Knot the ends together. This double-strand technique is also useful when you want to work with a strong piece of thread.

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Knotting your Thread

"Granny Knot:" Whether you have threaded your needle with a double or single strand, you'll want to tie off the end. Form a loop in the end of the thread and pass the tail through the loop to form a knot. Repeat for extra strength.

"Needle Trick:" Wrap the end of the thread around your needle three or four times (more times makes a bigger knot). Pinch the knots between your thumb and index finger of your dominant hand. Grasp the needle tip between the thumb and index fingers of your non-dominant hand and slide the pinched knots down the needle towards the eye. Keep sliding the knots all the way down the thread until the knots are at the end! Video coming soon :)

Right or Left?

Sewing techniques can vary greatly, and in most cases, there is no one “right” way. The following directions give just one approach. You might find it easier to work left-to-right or right-to-left. Do what feels best to you!

COMMON STITCHES

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Running Stitch/Basting Stitch

A line of even stitches poking in and out of the fabric used to quickly attach layers, temporarily hold layers, draw a line, or gather a pucker.

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Back Stitch

A secure stitch for attaching two layers or making a solid embroidered line.

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Whip Stitch/Overcast Stitch

If you’re new to sewing, use this basic stitch for all assembly, applique, and edging needs.

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Blanket Stitch

A more challenging, but beautiful, decorative edge stitch or method for applique or assembly.

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Fly Stitch/"V" Stitch

A mountain-shaped or “V”-shaped decorative embroidery stitch, also useful for making animal noses.

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French Knot

A decorative flower or eye-shaped knot.

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