How To Hand Quilt: A Crash Course From An Expert


Professor Pincushion / YouTube


Hand quilting is a skill every sewing fanatic should know. It’s not nearly as hard as it looks, and it can help with a wide variety of projects.

Recently I stumbled on a tutorial by YouTuber Professor Pincushion and I knew I had to learn alongside her. It looked so hard, but now I’m an expert!


Here’s how you do it.

What you’ll need to do this well is:

  • Hand quilting thread
  • A between needle
  • A thimble
  • Embroidery hoop (if you’re using this technique for embroidery)
  • Layers of fabric


You’ll want to use cotton hand quilting thread. The hand quilting thread has a coating on it that makes it a bit more wiry than other cotton threads. This makes it more difficult for the thread to get knotted up.

As for your needle, you’ll want a between needle, which works great for going in between multiple layers. Since you’re working with so many layers, a thimble is also a necessity here.

You’re going to take your thread and create a quilter’s knot. When you work it into your fabric, you’ll want to “pop” the knot so it lays under the first layer of fabric.

After that, it’s as simple as creating identical stitches all the way around!

Watch Professor Pincushion‘s video below to get the hang of this. It’s super easy!