How to Whipstitch Felt – video

How to Whipstitch Felt Edges - video

I’ve already got a video showing the basics of how to whipstitch. It’s a great way to sew up a stuffing opening in a softie, and that’s what I demonstrate in the original.

When you’re working with felt, the basic mechanics of how to whipstitch are the same. But felt is a little different than regular fabric – it’s thicker and you don’t have to turn the edges under. These make it a delightful fabric to work with (especially wool felt) but they also mean that there are a couple of new things to think about when you whipstitch on it. That’s what I show you in this video.

 

Happy sewing!

Best,
Wendi
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9 COMMENTS

  1. You have the BEST videos! The pop-up links to additional information are a really nice touch- you cover everything! Thanks so much for another fantastic how-to.

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  3. Linda SAYS...

    Hi Wendy, This is a great video. Thanks for the tips! I was wondering, when you put your needle straight through the felt, the stitches appear diagonal on the edge as the stitch moves along. Is it wrong to put the needle through purposefully on an angle, so that the stitches appear straight and perpendicular on the edge, and the “move through” happens on the inside? I’ve always done it like that, but I’m thinking I may need to change my way. Hmmm….

    • No need to change what you’re doing! If it works for you – keep doing it! It sounds like you’re already super aware of where your needle is going in and coming out. This video really corrects the problem of people who are watching very carefully on the front – but don’t realize the needle is coming out all over the place on the back. You have to be aware of BOTH sides when the layers are this thick. 🙂

      • Linda SAYS...

        Awesome! Thanks, again!

  4. Kinda SAYS...

    Love your videos! They are so informative and easy to follow. My daughters first birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and I would love to make her a birthday party hat out of felt. But I’m really struggling with stabilizing it AND adding appliqués to it. I am definitely an amateur, do you have any suggestions? Could you make a video on that sort of project? Thanks for your help!!

    • Thanks so much! For stabilizing a birthday hat made of felt, I would probably fuse an interfacing to the back side. Any big box fabric store will have lots of options and they can help you choose the best one. Another option would be to fuse or sew two layers of felt together – that should make it stiff enough to work well as a birthday hat. Either option will be one you can sew through so adding appliques after stabilizing wouldn’t be a problem – especially if you’re planning to stitch the appliques on by machine. Good luck! 🙂

  5. Janell SAYS...

    Thanks!

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