Satin Stitch Tutorial

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The Satin Stitch is a Super Easy Stitch for Filling Spaces!

If you want to create a simple fill for a shape there’s the satin stitch which is essentially rows of thread stitched closely together. They can be laid out vertically, horizontally, or diagonally and used for all sorts of shapes.

There are a few different ways to do this. There’s the common method which uses the most thread. There’s a way that uses less thread, in case you’re low on thread. Then there’s a method that allows you to add more padding. I’ll quickly touch on those as we go.

The satin stitch can also have different starting points. There’s really no right or wrong way to start and it’s really a preference thing.

To fill in your shape you could simply fill it in from one end to the other. Or, you can also approach it by starting at the middle of your shape and filling one side, then the other. This is my preferred way and how I’ll be doing it in this tutorial.

Step-by-step Satin Stitch Tutorial

To begin, draw a simple shape to fill in such as a leaf or cup shape like the receptacle of a flower.

Starting at the middle, come up on one side of your shape and return to the back at the opposite end.

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You now have one straight stitch. And yes, the satin stitch is essentially rows of straight stitches that fill up space.

Come up next to the starting point of your previous stitch then return to the back on the other side.

Remember when I said there’s a way to use less thread? Here’s how you do it…

Rather than coming up next to the starting point of your previous stitch, come up directly next to the end point instead. Be sure you don’t go through the same hole or you just might undo the last stitch. Not a big deal, but it can be a little annoying 😉

Continue filling in one end of your shape until you’ve reached the end.

half of a flower receptacle filled in with a green satin stitch

Then fill in the other side to finish it off.

Variations

You just learned how to create a satin stitch with a closed fill. That just means you are covering the fabric below it. You can spread your stitches out so bits of your fabric show through to create an open fill. The spread can be even between each stitch you add or they can be varied.

If you want extra padding just add other stitches inside of your shape, then add the satin stitch on top of it. It can be random seed stitches or another satin stitch running in a perpendicular direction. You can also outline your shape with the chain stitch first.

Tips

  • If you’re filling in a large shape starting in center and dividing your shape into a few sections will help you keep the lines nice and parallel to each other as you fill them in.
  • From time to time, your thread might start twisting so every so often straighten it out. I try to remember to do this but once in awhile I miss one and if I don’t notice it until much later it makes me feel so o.c.d.!
  • The satin stitch uses a lot of thread so make sure you have plenty before you start.

Video Tutorial

floral and butterfly hooped embroidery made with 5 basic embroidery stitches

You can practice this stitch with your own patterns or grab my pattern I used for this tutorial when you join my newsletter. You’ll be able to practice not only the satin stitch but other basic embroidery stitches too.

❤️ Thanks & happy stitching!