Three basic stitches for felt projects.

New to felt crafts? Learn these three basic stitches

All you need to get started with felt crafting is some felt, scissors, a needle and some thread. It’s that simple. 🙂 Learn a few common felt stitches and you’ll be able to create all sorts of projects – from kids’ toys to stylish home décor.

Introduction to common stitches for felt crafts

The best thing about crafting with felt is how versatile it is! You can use needle and thread, sew the felt with your sewing machine or even just glue the bits together. This makes it a great craft for kids and adults alike. It’s easy to pack away in your handbag if you need to fill in some time or you want to throw together some holiday decorations without too much fuss.

How to sew felt by hand

Today we are going to look at three basic hand stitches that will not only get you started, but take you a long way with almost anything you want to create. All you need is a needle and thread and your felt project. These can be used for joining pieces of felt together along a seam as well as appliqué (sewing smaller shapes onto a larger piece of felt).

#1 The whip stitch

The whip stitch is super easy and a great place to start when learning to craft with felt. It’s about as basic as you can get – pull the needle from front to back, move over a little and repeat.

Here I’ve shown the whip switch with a slant. I find this stitch quick and easy, but still has a bit of style. You can, however, create a whip stitch without the diagonal slant by pushing the needle through at an angle each time, rather than straight through at a 90° angle. To get a straight whip stitch you can push the needle from front to back at more of an angle so you come out a little further a long, but start your next stitch directly in front on where the thread came out at the back.

#2 The running stitch

The running stitch is a great one to use when you are using an appliqué design, as you can use the same stitch on the appliqué as you do on the edge. On its own it can look a bit plain – which still has its place in crafts such as for kid’s room decorations. It reminds me a little of the font ‘comic sans’ – it has its place but just don’t use it everywhere!

It’s an easy stitch and uses less thread than the others shown here. That might be a consideration if you are running low on thread.

Although I show it here as a sewing stitch (where you are picking up a bit of fabric each time but keeping the needle on the top of your work), if you find it easier to push the needle right through and then come up from the back a little further along, that’s fine too. It doesn’t matter which way you do it and you may need to do that if you are working with thicker felt. The key to this stitch is consistency – a consistent length of stitch and a consistent interval. You can also have a play around with longer stitches and shorter intervals, or vice versa. The stitch and interval don’t have to be the same size as each other. Just keep the stitches the same as each other, and the intervals the same as each other.

#3 The blanket stitch

The blanket stitch is my favourite stitch for this sort of felt craft – it just suits the craft really well! It’s only a little harder than our previous two stitches, but adds a little more decoration.

Once you have mastered these three felt stitches you can mix and match to your heart’s content! There are, of course, other stitches that you can learn to add more detail to your felt crafts like stitching face details onto toys with a back stitch, but these will be more than enough to get you started.

Stitching not your thing? Check out these easy felt flowers that can be made quick and easy with just a glue gun in hand:

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