A little tutorial today on how to blind stitch by hand.

I am in the process of piecing together the quilt-as-you-go blocks for the second version of my Sewcial Bee Sampler quilt as mentioned earlier and now I am at the stage of hand stitching the tiny sashing on the back of the quilt. 

Before I piece the sashing together, I took a photo of the layout so I can refer to the blocks as I sew them in rows.

join quilt as you go blocks how to blind stitch tutorial video

After piecing them in rows. The front is ready, the back still needs to be finished. And this is where I need to sit down and hand stitch the blind stitch.

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If you are interested to learn how I join the blocks together, you can visit this post HERE> for a more detailed tutorial. 

join quilt as you go blocks how to blind stitch tutorial

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join quilt as you go blocks how to blind stitch tutorial

In this post, I’ll focus on how to blind stitch.

Blind Stitch for quilting

Blind stitch is an invisible stitch closure that can be used in many occasion, but in quilting, this stitch technique is often used for

  • finishing up the binding
  • appliqué
  • joining together the quilt blocks using the quilt-as-you-go technique

It is indeed a neat way for a good finish and if done well, it will be invisible and gives a very clean final look.

It does take a little more time just with any other hand-sewing techniques, but it is certainly worth it. 

Before we go into the tutorial, here are some list of my

Favourite Hand Sewing Notions

Video tutorial on how to blind stitch

I am so happy so far with the look of the tiny stripy sashing. The fabric matches so well with the whole quilt don’t you think so?

I find that taking the time to do the closure this way is great for the final look of the quilt as the sashing for the front and the back of the quilt will be very similar. However, if you are short of time, machine stitching in the ditch of the front sashing while catching the sashing on the back is an option too. 

You can whip stitch the closure too. However, it wouldn’t be as neat and as invisible as the blind stitch. Just an additional information if you’re looking for other options.


Here is the link to the fabric if you are interested to get some too. 

Anyway, I am off to get all of the hand stitching down for the rows before I attach the rows together. 


If you want to see more detail of the quilt I am working on here, you can find the archive for each of the block quilting HERE>. Each of the blocks were custom quilted with feather designs quilting.

A quilt-as-you-go technique is a great way to practice free motion quilting especially custom quilting designs. It is all about the practice 🙂

Till next time, Have fun quilting!

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1 Comment

  1. Rose Zapel Reply

    This is such a nice post, with links to prior posts to make it easier. I really do enjoy reading your posts; you are so thoughtful in your approach to teaching. I can’t do that much hand sewing due to arthritis but you have given me very good ideas about QAYG and I am going to get some of that striped fabric you showed; it will be nice sashing for a project and I had not seen it before. Thanks so much for all your work on this.

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