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How to Applique with Whipstitch – a video tutorial

How to Applique with Whip Stitch - video tutorial. Sample shown of a green dot stitched to a square of turquoise felt with pink thread

There are a lot of different stitches to choose from when you applique felt – buttonhole stitch and running stitch are especially popular. But my very favorite stitch to use is whip stitch.

It’s fast.

It’s easy.

I love the way it looks.

Want to learn how? Here’s a video!

See how easy?

I stitched the whip stitch sample in the video with contrasting thread so you could really see the stitches, but usually I use thread that matches the applique pieces, so mistakes and uneven stitches won’t be very visible. (Sneaky.)

I sell embroidery thread that’s perfectly coordinated to the felt colors I carry. Easy peasy! You can find my felt here, the matching thread here, and a handy printable list of all my felt colors with their coordinating DMC numbers here.

I should note that applique with whip stitch is a little bit different than whip stitching the edges of felt pieces together. I have a separate video showing how to do that here.

Applique with wool felt is one of my very favorite things to do!

It’s all done by hand, so it’s work that’s easy to carry around with me for quick stitching in free moments here and there. And the wool felt and smooth embroidery thread feel so nice in my hands! Plus the colors are so rich and pretty!

Give it a try with this fancy felt coffee sleeve. It uses whip stitch to applique all the felt pieces, and blanket stitch to sew the edges of the sleeve.

Fancy Felt Coffee Sleeve - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Get the free pattern here.

I also used whip stitch to applique the polkadots on Rhonda Rhino‘s fabulous dress.

Rhonda Rhinoceros - a cute felt softie of a rhino wearing a polkadot dress and holding a balloon

And the fancy decorations on this felt Dala Horse Christmas Ornament.

felt dala horse Christmas ornament with embroidery and whip stitch applique decorations - made with a pattern from Shiny Happy World

You can use whip stitch to add decoration to so many different felt projects. I love it!

Happy stitching!

Play with some felt! Try the Oddballs – a fun pattern for silly monsters.


  1. Sobia Iqbal SAYS...

    Hi. Is there a technique similar to this that I can use on any fabric without the machine? Could I whipstitch around any fabric to applique it, if I were to fold the edges in so there’s no fraying?

  2. Abby SAYS...

    I’m not a big sewer, but I want to do this…how do you finish off the stitch?

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