catch-stitch

Catch-stitching isn’t the most straightforward stitch in the book
but it’s worth the extra effort!
Keep an eye on the photos and take it a step at a time
and you’ll do just fine.

Begin with:

— a threaded needle and knotted thread
{click here to learn how to get that far}

— a 6” by 12” piece of light, crisp fabric
{the same one you used to learn the running stitch and whip stitch}

— a feeling of confident anticipation
{because by the end of today, you’ll know how to work catch-stitching!}

Fold over the short edges of the fabric 1/2” toward the “wrong side” of the fabric (the inside of your bag)
and press with a hot iron. (This will be easy because your running stitches make for a nice guide.)

Take a tiny stitch from right to left, beginning at the left-hand edge -
the opposite of where you began for the running and whip stitches.

About 1/2” to the right of your first stitch,
take a small right-to-left stitch through only the top layer of folded fabric.

Be sure to keep your thread out of the way as you pull your stitch taut!
In this case, keep the thread below your needle.

About 1/2” to the right of your last stitch,
take a small right-to-left stitch through only the main fabric.

This time, in order to keep your thread out of the way,
keep it above your needle.

Continue in this way,
alternating between the main fabric and the folded layer.

When you look at the “right side” (or outside of your bag)
you should see a single line of small stitches.

You can stop stitching, tie a knot, and begin again when you reach the halfway point,
or you can keep right on stitching - do what works for you!

In any case, when you come back to where you started,
tie a knot the way you always do when you get to the end of your work.

Many people who know how to sew have never learned this stitch.
You can be proud of yourself, now that you know it!

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