Before you can sew your first toy, you need to learn the basic stitches. Even if your sewing machine will do majority of the work, these stitches you will need to know to make all details for your toys and to achieve professional look at the end:

The running stitch – the basic stitch No. 1

This is the most basic stitch you will use majority of the time. It can be used for sewing layers together as well as for decorating.

How to sew the running stitch

The runing stitch

The ladder stitch – the basic stitch No. 2

The ladder stitch is similar to running stitch. You will use this one for closing up a hole from the outside or to attach features like arms, legs, head to the surface of a plushie.

How to sew the ladder stitch

The ladder stitch

The whip stitch – the basic stitch No. 3

This is the stitch you’ll be using to attach details on top of another piece of fabric and for sewing together felt toys, especially when you will want seams to meet up flatly to create a shape. This is especially good for round shapes, like heads or bodies.

How to sew the whip stitch

The whip stitch

The blanket stitch – the basic stitch No. 4

The blanket stitch you’ll use for decorating the edges of thick materials or for sewing thick materials like felt together. The stitch can emphasize the edges and give the plushy more professional look, especially if it is done in contrasting color.

How to sew the blancket stitch

The blancket stitch

The stem stitch – the basic stitch No. 5

This stitch you will use for decorating your toys like stitching the mouth on the cute plushy face.

How to sew the stem stitch

The stem stitch

The back stitch – the basic stitch No. 6

This stitch will be used for decorative purposes, the same as the stem stitch. Although back stitch is more suitable for stitching smaller things, the final decision depends on the feel you wish to accomplish.

How to sew the back stitch

The back stitch

Don’t be afraid to play around with different stiches, see what works better in different situations, which you prefer to use. There are great tutorials on Youtube for all these stitches above, if you would need some additional explaining. Happy hand stitching!


12 Responses

  1. Yes, these are the best stitches to use when hand sewing an item you intend to turn inside out and work on further !

  2. I am very pleased with Bernie the Cat, and very anixous to make him, He is adorable, and will be the love \
    of some ones life. All of the little softies are really so cute and just wanting a new home.

    • Hi Rutha, happy to hear that and looking forward to seeing, how he will turn out too. Happy sewing & creating!

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