The Ladder Stitch is a great technique to have in your arsenal! It is perfect for sewing closed pillows (like this Indiana one) and stuffed animals with a nearly invisible seam. It is a very easy stitch once you get the rhythm!
First, pin the opening shut, with the raw edges tucked to the inside:
Then, thread your needle and tie off one end of the thread. Here is a quick tutorial on how to tie your thread using a French Knot
This method of tying has changed my hand sewing forever. so easy. so quick.
Also, apparently I was whispering into the camera, so you may have to turn it up.
Bury the knot inside your pillow by starting the needle on the inside of your seam and bringing it through to the outside right on the fold.
Then, insert your needle into the opposite side of the opening, and run it along the fold for about 1/8 of an inch.
For the next stitch once again insert the needle into the opposite side of the opening, directly across from where the thread is coming out, and take another 1/8" bite along the fold.
Keep repeating this process! After a few more stitches, your sewing will look like this:
Every couple of stitches, pull your thread taut and your stitches will disappear!
Once you get to the end of your opening, tie off your thread, and cut off the extra! Ta-Done.
Here's an oversimplified graphic of the Ladder Stitch:
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