Handsewn Ellies – Whip vs Blanket Stitch

I decided to do things slightly differently from the regular Ellie, mainly because I didn’t have the right fabric to use and I thought I’ll challenge myself with this simple project. I decided to use felt and handsew the entire project.

Sky Ellie
After two nights, Sky Ellie was born. I used mostly blanket stitch to seam the pieces together and satin stitched the details. The instructions then told me to whip stitch the ear onto Ellie and I stopped in my tracks. I didn’t know what a whip stitch was!

After a little hunting around the internet, I came across Futuregirl’s article on Choosing A Stitch for Handsewing. I then realised that I should have used whip stitch for seaming my softie instead of the blanket stitch! So I decided to make another Ellie using whip stitch to test Futuregirl’s theory.

Earth Ellie
Earth Ellie was born very soon after. He is a lot rounder than his sister, Sky. Using a different stitch made a world of difference! Compare for yourself:

Blanket stitches on Sky gave a flat seam around the edges.
Sky Ellie's Stitches

Whip stitches on Earth made him much more rounded.
Earth Ellie's Stitches

I highly recommend reading Futuregirl’s article before handsewing your next softie and she has tutorials on how to do both stitches in her blog too. The two Ellies are nonetheless happy to be part of a very useful experiment so that all future softies are sewn just a little bit nicer. Now they live happily together, never to be alone again.
Earth & Sky Ellies
Pattern from Softies book


7 Responses to “Handsewn Ellies – Whip vs Blanket Stitch”

  1. futuregirl says:

    I love your cute little Ellies! I’m glad you helped me prove that picking the right stitch for what you’re doing makes all the difference. 🙂

  2. dustydawn555 says:

    Thanks for the info.Can you tell me where you get patterns for your cute little ones.

  3. Salihan says:

    The pattern is from a book called Softies.

  4. Teesa says:

    Your ellies are adorable! ^_^

  5. Fiona Karas says:

    Hi, I was reading your comment on Mel Goodsell blog and thought I would come and visit. Mel’s blog has also inspired me, she is great. I love your little Ellies, they look so cute in the grass. Just new to the world of blogging, please feel free to visit.

  6. Melisa Sriwulandari says:

    Hi, those certainly show the difference really well. Very cute too!

  7. vanessa says:

    I love this elefant! Would love to try this out! great work!
    .-= vanessa´s last blog ..Baileys Coffee – proef het! =-.

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