Basic Sewing by Hand Tutorial




Introduction: Basic Sewing by Hand Tutorial

This is a basic tutorial on how to sew.

Before you sew, make sure you have the right basic materials.

Spool of thread.
Sewing needle. Of course.
And the fabric that you are sewing together.

I'm using a bit of fabric for this demonstration so hopefully its enough to learn from. The two pieces of fabric are different colours because it won't cause confusion that way. 

This is for a project  in my film class. It deals with filming and sewing deals a lot with filming. Many props and costumes are sewn so its a valuable asset to anyone who wants to make a movie.

Step 1: Unravel and Cut

Start with unraveling the thread from the spool. Make sure you pull out a lot but not too much. After that, cut it from the spool with the scissors.

Step 2: Weave

Weave the thread through the loop on the one end of the sewing needle.

Weave it until it's half way through the thread and fold the thread in half. Make sure the two ends of the thread are close together.

Step 3: Starting to Sew

Before sewing, you need to tie the end of the thread. Tie at least 2-3 times so it's nice and secure.

Now to start sewing.

Push the needle through where you want to start sewing, but not right on the edge, at least a centimetre away.

Pull it all the way through until the knot that you had tied on the end hits the fabric.

Step 4: Continue to Sew

Now take the sewing needle and put it back through the fabric beside the other spot you went through. Keep it at least half a centimetre apart and pull it all the way until you can't anymore.

With the the needle being on the other side now, go back through beside the spot that you came out of.

*If you're running out of thread on the needle, make sure you leave enough to tie 2-3 knots and cut it from the thread but not too close to the knot. Repeat steps 1-3.*

Step 5: Tying the Final Knot

Keep sewing, almost like a back and forth motion. Most important thing is to keep each little about the same length apart. (Use first picture on this step for reference.)

Once you get to the end, tie a secure knot about 2-3 times.

Step 6: Final Cut

After tying the knot, cut it but not too close to the knot.

Now you have finished sewing and to see how well the sewing went, flip the fabric to see how well it looks. There should be no threads showing so it could look professional.

I have one tip about sewing: When picking the thread, try to keep it as close to the same colour as the fabric so if it does show through, it wouldn't be as noticeable.

Even though this tutorial was just about basic sewing by hand, you can make many things from just sewing by hand. Sewing simple stuffed animals, simple pillows, and even costumes. Sewing by hand though takes much longer to do but its useful for anyone who has no access to a sewing machine.

Here's some links to examples of things you could sew. Depending on how well you can sew will determine on how the end product will look:

Stuffed Animals:

So that's the end of my tutorial and hopefully it has helped you to do basic sewing.



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16 Discussions

thank you for this post. I created my first post for Instructables, and it requires some basic sewing skills. Since I didn't want to do a write-up on the sewing itself, I took advantage of your post and referenced it! :) thank you! my post is here instructables[dot]com/id/Ita-Bag-Without-a-Sewing-Machine-but-Not-No-sew/

If you are struggling to thread a needle, it could be useful to buy either "embroidery". "beading" or "darning" needles as they all have larger "eyes".
It also helps to ensure the thread has a clean, un-fluffy end, by cutting it off with sharp scissors.

SamS294, how you get the right needle is if you are a beginner: smallest; advance: medium; pro: largest.

Great tutorial... One question. How di I choose the right needle?

Thanks again!

Really enjoyed reading this step by step guide. So many instructions skip things they think are obvious, like how to thread the needle.

I just blogged about the best hand technique for sewing, which helps a lot to master right from the start:

I honestly can't sew to save my life but I really want to learn!

Thank you so much. I really needed this for my Gambeson.

helped me stitch up my gloves after they got torn and they're good as new!

This was very simple to do , thanks

Thanks. I found the first part very useful.

You've helped a cheap college kid not look like a bum, thanks bro!


4 years ago

This gave me some extra tips I didn't realize I was missing out on haha thanks!!

Thank you this is really helpful ^^