Running Stitch | Ultimate Stitch Guide

Today's post is going to be the first of my Ultimate Stitch Guide (or USG, cause that takes way too long to type!) If you read my 2015 intro post then you already know what this series is about, if not I'll fill you in now. The series is going to be monthly and will feature one hand sewing stitch each month. The post will include a how-to, uses, ideas such as making the stitch stand out more and examples of the stitch with things I've made. Hopefully that makes sense! 

Today's stitch is running stitch and it's probably the easiest one there is. It's ridiculously easy and quick to do, as well as pretty self-explanatory! Here's what it looks like-
Like I mentioned before, it's really basic you just go "in and out" with the needle. If you're working with fairly thin fabric and looking to speed things up you can do multiple stitches at once-
If your fabric is thick then the stitches don't really stand out using the shortcut, so that's something to be aware of. Running stitch can be used for a bunch of different things but is most commonly used to hold things together, to tack/baste things or to gather. If you're looking for a way to hold two pieces of fabric together (presuming it won't fray!) then running stitch is a great option. This is especially true if you want both sides to look good as running stitch looks the same on both sides. If you're sewing something fiddly (let's presume you can't use pins) and you want to tack it quickly, but your sewing machine isn't really coping without pins, then running stitch is your go to. 

If you're looking to spice up the stitches then you can go back and thread another colour through like so- 
This can look quite nice and you can alter the look by threading over, under, under then over etc. 
So moving onto some examples of things I've made using running stitch, please bare in mind that these were made quite a while ago as in, maybe, 5 years so, there might be the odd stitch out of place!
Around the outside

Around the edge of the dolphin, it actually just the back of the next photo :) As you can see, like I mentioned before the stitches still look good on both sides

Around the edge of the dolphin and the blue and pink stitches
Let me know what you think of this series and if you have any ideas for it! Also you might've noticed my sticky, drop down navigation menu, complete with social media icons that took ages to put in! As well as the fact that I got a domain name! My blog URL is now instead of the whole .blogspot :) Anyway, thanks for reading!