How to Hand Blind Stitch on a Pillow


Making your own decorator pillows is a way to create exactly the pillows you desire in the colors that match your decor. Whether you make fancy or simple pillows for your bedrooms or living room, the final step in sewing involves closing up the gap you left to turn and stuff the pillow. Hand blind-stitch this gap to finish the pillow flawlessly. When sewn correctly, the hand blind stitch creates almost invisible stitches on your pillow's seam.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand sewing needle
  • Thread (matching pillow fabric)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Press under the fabric along both edges of the gap with the iron so the fabric edges match the stitched edge of the fabric surrounding the gap. If you sewed the pillow seams with a ½-inch seam allowance, you should press under this fabric ½-inch. Ideally, you should perform this pressing before you place the pillow covering over the pillow form. Insert the pillow form (or insert stuffing) into the pillow covering after you press the fabric.

  • Cut a length of thread approximately 15 inches long. Thread the needle with the thread and pull the thread through the needle's eye so you have a double length of thread with even ends. Tie the ends in a small double knot.

  • Hold the pillow on your lap with the gap at the top. Insert the needle through the fabric on one side of the gap by inserting the needle up through the gap so the needle comes out at exactly the point where you pressed the fabric at the right edge of the gap to start stitching. This will conceal the thread knot.

  • Sew a tiny stitch with the needle on the other side of the fabric, just under the press line. Make this stitch directly across the gap so the fabric lines up and make the stitch approximately 1/8 inch long.

  • Take a stitch back on the first side of the fabric at exactly the point where you pressed. Make this stitch directly across the gap again and make the stitch approximately 1/4 inch long.

  • Continue stitching both sides of the fabric across the gap, alternating back and forth in the same fashion until you stitch the gap closed and reach the other side of the gap.

  • Tie a knot in the end of the thread so the knot rests just above the fabric. Insert the needle into the pillow, take a large stitch (at least 1 inch long) and bring the needle back up again. Cut the thread carefully just above the fabric. This buries the knot invisibly within the pillow.

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