Baseball stitch

Now let’s look at how to sew two pieces of leather edge to edge. This is called the baseball stitch, because this is how the layers of a baseball cover are held together.

Start with your two edges and some punched holes.

holes

holes

This is a dart in my leather armor. I will talk about darts later. Sewing these two edges together will make the armor fit better. I laid out the holes with a ruler, and punched them with an ice pick.

laying out the holes

laying out the holes

For this I used sewing thread, but stronger waxed thread, or leather cording would have been preferable.

thread

thread

Pull off 3-4 times the length of the seam and thread one needle.

I have marked the holes

I have marked the holes

I have numbered the holes to help explain this stitch. Take the needle and go from the top of the leather, down through hole 1. Bring the needle up through the middle gap. Pull 1/2 of the thread through. Stop at the middle point of the total thread length.

stitch 1

stitch 1

This is what it looked like in real life.

real life

real life

The secret to this stitch is down through a hole, up through the middle gap.

Skip a hole, then go down from the top through hole 4.

stitch 2

stitch 2

Down through a hole, up through the gap, skip a hole. down 1, up through the gap, down through 4, up through gap, down through 5.

stitch 3

stitch 3

This is what it looks like in real life.

real life

real life

It will leave diagonal looking stitches.

finish

finish

Finish down to the end. Notice that you skip a hole. Always down through a hole, up through the middle gap.

other side

other side

Now, let’s do the other side. I colored the thread red to help you understand. This is the remaining half of the total thread length. Thread the needle on the end and go down through 2. This is just like lacing up your shoes.

stitch 6

stitch 6

Come up the middle gap like last time. Go down hole 3, up middle gap.

stitch 7

stitch 7

skip a hole like before, up middle gap, down through 6. Keep going. Down through a hole, up through the middle gap.

finish

finish

finish to the end. Pull tight, and knot red and blue threads together.

You can leave it like this. I chose to go back down the other way as well from this end all the way back to the beginning. That is why mine looks like x’s instead of v’s.

x's

x’s

Yours will not look the above photo. Yours will look more like v’s or like a baseball. When the thread is pulled tight it will pull the edges together but not really make it overlap. It really is like lacing up your shoes.

Go ahead, make a mess, sew some leather, have some fun.

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2 responses to “Baseball stitch

  1. Alicia DR Hankins

    Wow! Great visual! Thanks for the great stitching tutorial!

    Like

  2. Pingback: leather stitch on sword | Castlegardener's animated life

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