Hand Sewing Tips and Info

Even though I have some sewing experience (years of hubby’s socks, cycling jerseys, trousers and shirts can attest to that) I still consider myself a beginner in the art of the sewing.

I don’t own a sewing machine and I swear my eyes are a bit wonky when it comes to straight lines so I try to use little techniques to help make things look more presentable (The problem I have is that whatever I make is practical but chances are it does NOT look pretty).

Types of stitch – the basics

I predominantly use two types of stitch currently (these are the ones I feel most confident with, I will upload others when I feel happier with the end results). These are;

A Running Stitch – This is the neater of the two stitches as it looks the same from both sides – it requires a bit of concentration to make sure you’re joining up the right places

Running stitch 2

A Backstitch – This is the sturdier stitch that if I want to make sure something stays the same this is what I am going for!
Backstitch front (2)

the downside is it looks a little messier at the back, here is a comparison;

Backstitch left and running stitch right on the overleaf
Backstitch left and running stitch right on the overleaf

Tips for beginners

  • Practice sewing on a material with lines to get used to the feel of sewing in a straight line (see above – the material is an old work shirt)
  • To begin with use dark thread on dark colours and lighter thread on light colours so that if you make a wrong stitch it isn’t glaringly obvious.
  • Start with sturdier fabrics that don’t easily tare such as; denim and thicker cottons or linen
  • Keep old clothes to practice!
  • I like to draw doodles on the fabric and then stitch them on to practice stitching and accuracy before trying a difficult project.
  • I like to experiment by sewing different materials together and making little pouches (which then hold more material off-cuts to practice with)My First experiment that now holds my other swatches

My First experiment that now holds my other swatches

*Note: Hand sewing requires concentration and patience because it takes a hell of a lot longer to hand sew than with a machine BUT it is very rewarding when you’ve made a creation and know you did it all by hand (Aren’t you clever). *

I think you’re ready to take a look at some of my sewing tutorials to make gifts or just have some fun personalising/jazzing up your old stuff 🙂

Why not try the “Wine Bottle Gift Pouch” project next.

For more projects follow our “Sewing Projects” Pinterest Board

Do you have any beginner sewing tips or questions? leave them in the comments. If you found this helpful then pin or share it 🙂

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox


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