Sewing French Boutis technique applied to Classic Baby Clothing

Hey everyone, so this is an old French technique
called boutis… if I’m saying that correctly, which is highly doubtful. So the technique can be found in a lot of
old quilts, but I think it translates quite well into the world of classic clothing. I’m using some white nelona batiste and
all the materials along with time stamps are linked in the description box below. And the embroidery motif is available on my
etsy page. In order to do the technique, you’ll need
two layers of fabric. I have a lined collar here, but if your situation
wasn’t lined, then I suppose you could stitch another piece of fabric behind the area you
want to apply your boutis, but I think it’s better to have a lined situation… anywho
So the first step of the technique is to establish your boutis shape by going through both layers
of fabric… I’m not sure if you must use a certain stitch
for it to be considered boutis, but the concept will work with a variety of stitches – I’m
using the back stitch, but you could use the running stitch, or the stem or outline stitch…
the requirement is that your stitch goes around your shape between both layers of fabric. You are creating a little pouch. Alright so the next step, and sorry for the
harsh lightening, this is now after the kiddos’ bedtime and I’m finishing this up on the
couch. Anywho… so you’ll need to pick a yarn
color to fill this pouch with. It can be helpful to put your yarn under your
fabric to get an idea of what it’s going to look like. Or you could stick with white, which I think
is the traditional boutis route. Then I use a tapestry needle (and yarn needle
is too dull) and to get the yarn threaded, I wet it down like all get out and then kinda
pull it through the eye. If needed, I thread the yarn through in sections. And then I cut off that wet part. I am pulling the yarn down so the ends are
even, if that makes sense. So I’ll be putting two pieces of yarn into
the pouch with each round… you’ll see what I mean in a bit. And I make sure to pull plenty out since threading
is a bit of a pain. So then I thread the yarn just inside of my
stitches. And you can see that two pieces of yarn are
being inserted into the pouch… that’s what I was trying to explain earlier. So then I trim the ends up so they are about
1/8” away from the fabric. And to tuck those ends of the yarn into the
pouch, I take a regular hand sewing needle and use that to catch the yarn and drag it
into the pouch… if you will. It might sound difficult, but it’s pretty
easy. And from there, you repeat as many times as
you like. I went through the middle of my balloon a
few times and then went to the outside to fill that out some. Now the holes that are created by this big
tapestry needle will heal. You can run over them with a smaller needle
and that should close the hole quite a bit, and the hole will close further after it’s
washed. And there you go, a filled in balloon. This would be gorgeous with a flower motif
and kinda a shadow, puffy effect.. there are so many applications, seriously, take the
concept and run with it. I hope this video was helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them
in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them. As always, I appreciate y’all for watching
and I hope to catch ya next time.


  1. I love this. It's kind of reminds me of "tarpunto" which was done in quilting. The collar is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Peace and blessings.

  2. Is there anything sweeter than a little face surrounded by a bonnet made with time-honored techniques? (Answer: No.)

  3. Lovely, as usual. It would make really pretty little coats and jackets too….hmmm. (fwiw, it’s boot-iss, means ‘stuffed’).

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