This is part six and the final piece of a series designed to walk you through the process of hand sewing a pillow. You can visit this link to find a list of all the steps in order.
Today, you’re going to finish hand-stitching your pillow. To do so, you’re going to perform a new hand-stitch to close the section that you pinned yesterday after turning and stuffing your pillow.
The reason I didn’t include this into the previous lesson is because it is a more difficult stitch than what has been introduced before. I’ll also be including a video at the end, if the still pictures don’t properly explain the concepts.
The stitch is what I’ve decided to call a “hidden slip stitch.” When I read my sewing books, there are two types of slip stitch, and I don’t like the confusion. Therefore, it is a “hidden stitch” or a “hidden slip stitch” for my purposes.
For this stitch, you’ll be using only one thread instead of two. As a rule, double threaded stitches are bulkier and perfect for structural integrity. However, as you’re going to want this stitch to appear as invisible as possible, you’ll use a single thread. To begin, thread your needle as usual and tie a knot in the end of one of the threads.
Insert your needle into the seam allowance behind the fold. This will allow the knot to become hidden. Then, slip the needle between the two layers of fabric until the needle exits the edge of the fold.
Pull your needle slowly and gently until the knot catches and your thread becomes taut.
Insert the needle into the fold directly across from where your needle exited.
Slide the needle down the fold, between the fabric for approximately one-quarter inch. The needle will then exit the fabric through the same fold.
Once again, pull the thread taut. This allows your stitch to remain inside the fabric and, might I say again, hidden.
Again, insert the needle into the thread directly across from where your needle exited and repeat the stitch.
Continue in this way until you get to the corner and tie a knot like you were completing a typical stitch.
Now, if you can’t follow along in pictures, I’ve also made a video showing you the motions. Remember that, if you mess up, you can always cut your thread and start again.