Seed stitch - embroidery how-to, quick video, and step by step guide

What is the seed stitch and how do I use it?

The seed stitch consists of a series of straight stitches and is typically used as a fill stitch in embroidery. It can also be seen as a base layer under the satin stitch to give a little more "poof." Typically, seed stitches are stitched in all different directions, making a random pattern. However, in the Stitching Raccoon Sampler, we've put our seed stitches going the same direction to represent the Raccoon's fur.Seed stitch in the Stitching Raccoon Sampler

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Seed stitch diagram

Below is what a typical diagram for the seed stitch may look like in an embroidery pattern or on other how-to pages. 

Seed stitch diagram

See the seed stitch in action

Follow along with this quick video to see how each step of the seed stitch comes together.

Step-by-step instructions

Now, let's walk through each step in the seed stitch together.

Step 1From the backside of the fabric, bring your needle up at your starting point.

Image of stitching the seed stitch

Step 2Insert the needle down a stitch length from your starting point. This stitch can go in whatever direction you would like.

Image of stitching the seed stitch

Step 3: Now, come back up a short distance from the last stitch and make another stitch. Continue making your seed stitches until you have filled in your desired area.  

Image of stitching the seed stitchImage of stitching the seed stitch

Save it for later

Want to remember how to do the seed stitch? Pin the image below to Pinterest as a quick reference for later!

Seed stitch diagram for Pinterest

Give it a try, you can do it!

Now it's your turn to grab a needle, some embroidery floss, and give it a go! Practice the seed stitch, along with other basic embroidery stitches, in the Stitching Raccoon Sampler. Get the embroidery pattern for FREE by signing up below!

Image of finished Stitching Raccoon Sampler

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