How to make a Thread Chain (with video!) - The Willa Wrap Coat Sew Along

Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Learning how to make a thread chain is a handy little skill to add to your sewing repertoire.  In this post, I'm using it in place of the included belt loops in the Willa Wrap Coat pattern. My fabric is very thick and my sewing machine was not even entertaining the thought of sewing through that many layers of thick fabric. 

Choosing a Thread Chain Material...

There are lots of options available to choose from when making a thread chain. You can use normal sewing machine thread, and double or quadruple it to make it a bit thicker and sturdier. You can use embroidery thread - either use as is for a thick chain, or separate some strands out for a thinner chain.

I used the thread that was third from the left, it's a mystery vintage thread that was a bit thicker than the thread I used for sewing (second from the left). I would have used the vintage crochet thread on the right, but the colour was just a little too leafy green for my dark forest green wool.

You could also use wool or linen threads, or even add a little sparkle by using a thread with metalic woven through. How thick you want your thread chain to end up being will dictate what you choose to use.

How much thread do you need on your needle? 

Well, this all really depends! It depends how thick your thread material is to start with and how long your thread chain needs to be.  

I opted for a straight 'belt loop' style thread chain on my coat, but you could use a looped belt loop (which would mean you'd need double the length of your thread chain) or you may not even be making a belt loop! Thread chains are also great for keeping the insides of coats and pockets together.  

I made my doubled thread as long as my arm, and had plenty left over after the first thread chain belt loop.  

Sewing a Thread Chain

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make a thread chain. They are great in place of belt loops or for keeping the insides of lined garments together. They're strong and sturdy but also delicate and look great whether you can see them or not.


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