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How to do Backstitch Embroidery? An Awesome Beginners’ Tutorial

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Discover how you can use backstitch embroidery to sew a patch on your favorite pair of denims. We’ll walk you through each step and simplify the process for you. So, don’t worry!

Any clothing or accessory made from denim is made to last. Sometimes they can still tear or get damaged. In which case, knowing how to do backstitch embroidery can help you repair your denim clothing. We use such hardy clothes with little to no care, making it very easy to completely destroy them.

If your favorite jeans, jacket, or bag is beyond repair, then don’t worry. This tutorial will help solve all your problems. A quick backstitched patch can make your jeans not only look good as new but also add a bit more flavor to your fashion piece.

We teach you how to backstitch up your denim and cover it up with an extra bit of finesse. Read further to know how to sew a patch to transform your pair of denims into something totally different.

What You’ll Need

Requirement: we’ll need to do backstitch embroidery for this project. And try to use a hand quilting thread or denim thread for better durability. These threads work can handle stress better than polyester or regular cotton.

Materials Needed: 

  • Sewing Pins 
  • Sewing Needle
  • Scissors
  • Patch
  • Piece of clothing or denim
  • Thread

Here’s how to do backstitch embroidery:

Decide Where To Patch It: 

Before starting stitching, you want to figure out where to apply the patch. Are you looking to cover up the knee, elbow, or any other place? You might even wish to cover up a tear, and now is a good time to do so. So, start chalking out the area you want repair.

Tidy Up The Torn Area: 

Before starting to sew your patch on, you will need to cut off any white threads and fluff that surround the tear. This will help clean the area and make it easier to stitch the patch.

Pin Down the Patch: 

To keep the patch stable, you want to use sewing pins to keep it in place. Also, use fewer pins to pin down the patch. It is the correct method for pinning heavy and thick fabrics.

Time to try backstitch embroidery on your patch:

Start your Backstitch: 

Push up your needle through the fabric upwards and bring it back. And you can start sewing anywhere, keep pushing the pin backward. Then, start pulling it out from underneath the fabric. And make sure you stitch the patch. You may run out of thread while stitching your patch, so knot it off. Carry on from where you left off.

Continue Stitching: 

Keep stitching by bringing the needle underneath the fabric from where you started. Note that you have to start stitching by pushing the pin in the upward direction. It means you have to bring the needle to the starting point and continue stitching up the patch along the boundaries. Repeat this circular motion till the patch is secured.

Pro Tip: 

Make sure your sewing pins are in secured in place when stitching the patch.

Finish It Up: 

After you have stitched up the patch, knot it off under the fabric. It is so that you cannot see the knot. You may even use a triple knot for extra security. And in case you aren’t satisfied with the stitch, you can keep stitching over it to keep it in place.


A strawberry themed pouch over a background of red cloth.

Now just cut the threads, and we guarantee it will not come off after many washes. The backstitch embroidery should be secure, and keep your patch securely held on your denim. Have fun stitching, and do engage in the comments below.

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