Whip stitch

A whip stitch is a simple sewing stitch that is used in crocheting, knitting and sewing, and in which the needle is passed in and out of the fabric in a series of stitches that circle an edge of the fabric. In hand sewing, this stitch can be used to create a seam but can also be used for joining two felt pieces together. Whip stitching creates a nice edge and prevents the fabric from unraveling.[1]

whip stitch compared with the most common sewing stitches

It is similar to the blanket stitch as it is a form of hand sewing stitch that helps in finishing edges.

whip stitch

Other usesEdit

The whip stitch is often used in applique making, closing the sides of pillows and cushions, hemming jeans, attaching crocheted amigurumi toys together as it produces a neat seam, and in leather lacing[2] as a decorative stitch in leather garments and accessories.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Basic hand sewing stitches". Hellosewing. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  2. ^ "Leathercraft ABC's". Tandy Leather. Retrieved 2020-03-02.