How-To: Close a Seam With The Ladder Stitch


Recently, Becky shared a post from Stardust Shoes on how to close a softie with a baseball stitch. If you are looking for another way to close a softie or a pillow with hidden stitches, check out this video from my sewing mentor and good friend, Leslie Bonnell. When I gave my monsters demo at Maker Faire last year, I showed how to do this stitch that I’d learned from Leslie herself. Several people came up after the demo and asked me to show them again, up close, so they could see the magic stitch in action. Now anyone can learn from Leslie by watching this short video on using the ladder stitch to close a seam invisibly.

13 thoughts on “How-To: Close a Seam With The Ladder Stitch

  1. Ruth says:

    Hey, thanks for that video! I’m relatively new at sewing, so I have a lot to learn and I am glad to add that stitch to my repertoire. -Ruth

  2. Bernadette says:

    Thanks for that cool tutorial! I’ll give it a shot next time I’m stitching.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Freakin awesome, Thanks!!!

  4. Victoria says:

    I searched everywhere for this. Thanks a bunch.

  5. Linda Evans says:

    I’m trying to “Pin” this on Pinterest so I won’t lose it, but can’t because it can’t find an image. This taught me not just how to repair a toy, but clothing and household items! It’s a WONDERFUL stitch! THANK YOU fort posting your tutorial!

  6. Sue says:

    awesome tutorial, thanks. I’ve been doing it all wrong for 40 years. That was beautiful.

  7. flat bottom zippy pouch to make as gifts!! :) | gembobs crafts says:

    […] look good), then turn inside out again and trim the seams to 1/4″. Then turn it back through, sew up the turning hole with ladder stitch and then give the whole thing a thorough pressing. And you are all […]

  8. DIY Dapper Bunny Plushie | Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. says:

    […] 13. Take your needle and close the allowance using ladder stitch.  […]

  9. Welcome to CraftNasty, here’s a Hearthstone Pillow « CraftNasty says:

    […] 8) Stuff the polyfill, or your chosen filling, into the stone until it is as puffy as you like it. Sew the 2″ gap closed using a stitch that won’t show such as a ladder stitch. […]

  10. Customized Pillows as Gifts | Vita Pro Bono says:

    […] to do is to sew it shut.  I never learned how to ladder stitch back in 2012.  I highly suggest learning to hand stitch the bottom […]

  11. Pattern: Flat bottom straight(ish) sides zippy pouch (with a little zipper trick) | Very Berry Handmade says:

    […] look good), then turn inside out again and trim the seams to 1/4″. Then turn it back through, sew up the turning hole with ladder stitch and then give the whole thing a thorough pressing. And you are all […]

  12. DIY: Embroidered Throw Pillow | TEXTURES says:

    […] Step 4: Turn your pillow right side out, and press edges so they are crisp. I like to press up my seam allowance of my open edge so that it’s easy to hand sew shut. Now you can insert your pillow form and close your edge with a ladder stitch. […]

  13. Tutorial: Dead easy drawstring bag | Very Berry Handmade says:

    […] of the drawstring.  Now all you have left to do is to stitch up  the turning hole in the lining (use ladder stitch and you are all done. Tie the drawstring in an overhand knot to create hanging loop if you want […]

Comments are closed.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!