How to Use the Mattress Stitch

Mattress Stitch

Mattress Stitch (2)

Hold two squares together so that the loops are offset, matching a “bump” with a “dimple” so that they will be nested together when joined.

Thread seaming yarn on a tapestry needle. Pass the threaded needle through the corner loop of both layers from front to back, then pass through again to secure.


Pass from the wrong side (inside) to the right side (outside) of one square through one half of an edge loop, then pass back to the wrong side through the second half of the loop. Repeat with the other square, moving back and forth between the squares in a zigzag.

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About Christina Garton

I'm Associatet Editor for Handwoven where I get to interact daily with all sorts of wonderfully creative people. I'm obsessed with twill and weaving dishtowels, although I'm also in love with deflected doubleweave. When I'm not weaving twill towels, I love to try out new fibers and structures and blog about it as I go!