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.
Now here are a few examples so you can see it in use. . .
See that teddy bear that Bean is snuggling? He’s made entirely by hand with whipstitch – including the applique for his belly and nose.
That’s Freddie the tiny teddy bear and you can get his pattern here. It’s super simple – really easy for beginners to make and a great first felt project.
Want a fancier bear? This guy is also made almost entirely with whipstitch.
The only place I used different stitches are the flowers on his hat and the grid on his coat.
His name is Benedict and you can get his pattern here. He looks really complicated, but he’s also really easy to make. Once you’ve made Freddie, you can easily move on to Benedict.
You can see lots more felt patterns here – all hand sewing and almost all made with easy peasy whipstitch.
Play with some felt! Try the Oddballs – a fun pattern for silly monsters.