Today we have a sweet little tutorial featuring arrowhead tacks inspired by McCall’s Sewing Book. Tacks are decorative reinforcements used on the right side of the fabric at the ends of the pockets, seams, or pleats. Of course, arrowhead tacks are super cute and can simply be added to a garment just for looks, if you’re so inclined. Here’s some arrowhead inspiration via Etsy…
You will need:
- embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- scrap of bottom weight fabric like wool or denim
- tailor’s chalk
Sometimes diagrams are easier to understand than pictures, so here’s a glimpse at the steps in McCall’s Sewing Book.
Step 1: Using a ruler and tailor’s chalk, draw the outline of a triangle on your scrap fabric.
Step 2: Thread your embroidery needle with embroidery floss. Don’t knot the end of your floss, just allow a few inches of floss to peak out the eye of your needle.
Step 3: From the wrong side of the fabric, insert the needle into the lower left-hand corner of the triangle. Then, make a small stitch at the upper corner from right to left.
Step 4: Pull thread taut. Then, insert needle in lower right-hand corner.
Step 5: Re-insert tip of the needle through the wrong side of the fabric at the lower left-hand corner.
Step 6: Repeat steps until the entire area is filled in, moving downward from the top point of the arrow. Tie off your thread and your arrowhead is complete!
We’ve made ours extra large to show you the stitches, but you can make small, close stitches like the vintage tacks above. Once you’ve mastered an arrowhead tack on scrap fabric, try incorporating it into a garment’s design or use it to reinforce delicate seams.