How to End and Tie a Knot in Handmade Quilts

by Colby Stream
Handmade quilts provide a blanket kids can keep with them as they grow up.

Handmade quilts provide a blanket kids can keep with them as they grow up.

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Handmade quilts are a labor of love passed from one person to another. Ideally, the quilt travels from generation to generation, first as a warming blanket and later as a family heirloom. Help your homemade quilt last over time by ending and tying off knots correctly. If you don't, the knot may come apart, snag and rip on something or look like a loose thread and get cut off, causing the whole quilt to unravel.

Step 1

Complete your final stitch and pull it tight but not tight enough to scrunch the quilt. Grasp the thread 3 inches from the stitch while holding the needle in your other hand. Pull this piece of thread so that it points toward your body.

Step 2

Place half your needle over the thread, close to the stitch. Wrap the thread around the needle and away from your body two full revolutions. Pull your needle the rest of the way through the thread.

Step 3

Slide the knot as close to the last stitch as possible, usually within about 1/4 inch. Thread your needle 1 inch through the batting, or just under the top layer of the quilt. Do not thread your needle under or through the final stitch.

Step 4

Pull the thread tight, until the knot disappears under the batting. Cut the thread where it exits the batting, effectively hiding your knot.

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