Sailor Knot Embellishment Tutorial

I know I promised this when I shared the Sailor Knot Skirt on Monday, but somehow last week just slipped right by me!
No one got sick, we didn’t have any appointments, or anything like that. It just seemed like the entire week *poof* disappeared. Has that ever happened to you? It was very odd, but at least I managed to have dinner ready and on the table every night when Ant got home from work. Nobody tell him that only happened because I wasn’t blogging…He might get ideas!
Anyway, here’s the tutorial for the sailor knot embellishment. 
Step 1 – You’ll need two pieces of cord. I’ve used a few different kinds, but don’t choose one that’s so thick you can’t sew through it easily. The lengths are entirely up to you depending on the size of your project. Also, you don’t have to fold them in half, but I like the chunkiness of the double strand. Single would work just as well.

Step 2 – Lay the first piece out in the shape you see above. Let’s call it a fish.

Step 3 – Lay the second piece over the fish’s tail in a U shape opening towards its body.

Step 4 – Bring the upper leg of your U under both sides of the fish’s body. Bring the lower leg of the U under
the lower part of the tail and up over the fishes body, crossing the upper leg in the center.

Step 5 – Weave the leg on top under the leg on the bottom, keeping it on top of the fish on the other side.

Step 6 – Pull the four ends equally until the knot reaches your desired tightness.

Step 7 – Pin the knot in place on your fabric.

Step 8 – Starting on either side, choose one strand of the cord and stitch along it’s length until you reach the knot. Back-stitch, lift the presser foot and “jump” over the coils, replace your presser foot, back-stitch, and continue along the same path. Back-stitch and “jump” at each crossing until you reach the other end of the cord. Then repeat on the remaining pieces. It’s easier to do both on the right before moving to the left (or vice versa). That way you can make adjustments if any piece needs to be tightened.
Step 9 – Trim away all of your “jump” tails. 
Do this after each piece of cord to prevent stitching them down by accident.

Step 10 – Repeat on random totes, towels, coffee cup cozies, pillowcases, skirts, etc.
What would you add it to?
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21 thoughts on “Sailor Knot Embellishment Tutorial

  1. Sparkles….that's the only thing I'd add to this knot. Oh, I mis read, I thought you said what would you add to it, not what would you add it to. Sometimes I wonder where my brain is!

  2. Thank you for great tutorial! What did you use for the sailor knot on the red skirt? It looks thinner than cords.. I want to try this on my girl's skirt and thinking cord must be too heavy:)

    1. Hi Shino! I actually used cording for the red skirt as well, but it was a slightly smaller size. If you take a look at the ends of the different cords available at your local fabric store, you should be able to see that some of them have cores and others are hollow inside. The red cording was one with a core, and the white was a hallow one so it kinda flattened as I stitched it. I'll try to remember to look for a size for you the next time I'm at the shop!

  3. I've been wanting to learn how to make a sailor's knot for a LONG time! Thanks for your great tutorial. The photos are very helpful! I actually did it! 😀

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