When stitching by hand, use these knots to secure your thread neatly.

Two-Loop Backstitch Knot

To make a two-loop backstitch knot, take a small backstitch close to where your last stitch ended, then rather than pulling it through, make a loop.

Draw the needle through the loop and make a second loop.

Draw the needle through the second loop.

Pull gently on the needle to form the loops into a figure eight.

Pull the thread through tightly to close the figure eight and make a knot. Clip the thread.

One-Loop Backstitch Knot

To make a one-loop backstitch knot, take a small backstitch on top of your last stitch, then rather than pulling it through, make a small loop.

Draw the needle through the loop.

Pull the thread through tightly to close the loop and make a knot.

Make a second one-loop knot for extra security if desired. Clip the thread.

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