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You are! Sure to be a hit with all baseball fans, here’s a little baseball stitching to get you into the mood for the season. Celebrate Opening Day 2019, whether you’re a major league baseball fan or tee-ball devotee, by wearing this design. It doesn’t have to be on the back pocket of a pair of white jeans, it could adorn any pocket on a tote bag or polo shirt. Whatever your preference, show your baseball pride!  Here’s how to do it on a pair of jeans.  You’ll find the free downloadable baseball stitching design at the end of the article.

Open the design in software and print two templates – one as is and one in mirror image. Set them aside.

Baseball template

Decide if you can lose the use of the pocket – talk yourself into it because it makes adding the embroidery a whole lot easier. If you agree, separate a scrap of fusible web from its paper backing and insert it into the pocket.

Stabilizer

Press the pocket to fuse it shut. This will transform the jeans into one layer instead of a shifting layer (the pocket) on top of a base fabric (the jeans).

If you really want to use the pocket, then separate the pocket from the jeans. Leave the bartack stitches in place (at the pocket’s top corners) and pin the pocket to hooped cut-away stabilizer.

Separate pocket

Place the templates on the pocket. I opted to place and hoop each of the designs separately.  When merged to fit on my pocket, the designs measured 120mm x 124mm. Since I wanted to use a 130mm x 180mm hoop on a multi-needle machine, the merged design left little ‘wiggle room’ for placement. And since this design was landing well, you know where – I wanted make sure each segment of it was placed properly.

Template on pocket

Slide a target sticker under each template, aligning the crosshairs.

Target Sticker

On the mutli-needle machine, slide the pants over the metal frame of Quick Snap and place the magnetic frame on top.

Multi-needle machine

If you have it, use the machine’s camera to align the needle with the target sticker. Wow – I love that camera.

Machine Camera

But don’t fear, you don’t have to have a fancy machine to stitch this project because I stitched the second pocket on a single needle machine with a slightly different method.  For a single needle machine, hoop polymesh stabilizer in a 130mm x 180mm hoop.  After turning the pants inside out, place the pocket on the hoop, with the legs extending over the attachment (away from the head of the machine). Place the templates back on the target stickers so you can see the design.

In the hoop

Then, pin the pants onto the stabilizer, keeping the pins out of the design area. Use binder clips to hold the bulk of the pants out of the hoop.

Holding in hoop

Attach the hoop to the machine and stitch the first design.  Move the needle to the center of the second target sticker, mirror image the design and stitch.  Repeat for both pockets.

Wear with pride and I’ll look for you at the ballpark!

Baseball Stitched Pocket

Download your design here, you’ll find two sizes: 4” x 4” and 5” x 7”. I used the 5” x 7” designs on my jeans.

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97 COMMENTS

  • Wendee Grubbs

    88 stitches hand sewn

    • Carol

      There are a 108 double stitches for a total of 216 stitches. The first and last stitches are completely hidden. The stitches are sewn by hand using 88 inches of waxed red thread.

    • Duchess

      108 stitches doubled =216 stitches

    • Chloe

      216 hand sewn stitches.

    • Ceil

      There are 108 double stitches on today’s Major League baseball (which some people call 216 stitches). The first and last stitches are hidden. They are hand-sewn using waxed red thread.

  • Brigitte Cowan

    108 Double Stitches or 216 single and they are hand sewn with the first and last stitch being hidden

  • Pamela Wall

    108 stitches double sewn (216) which are hand stitched using two needles.

  • Roberta

    108 stitches and hand sewn with waxed thread

  • Sonya Durden

    There are 216 single stitches on a baseball, and 108 double stitches.
    Stitching is hand sewn with 108 double stitches (216 single stitches)

  • Nancy Drake

    Eileen there are 108 stitches done twice for a total of 216 sewn with re waxed thread. Sewn by hand.

  • Tammy

    108 stitches sewn twice for total of 216

  • Jackie Lane

    Hey Eileen, there are 108 double stitches and the stitches are sewn on! Great trivia question! I had three sons who all played ball! Geez had to do some real remembering in this older brain of mine! Ha ha

  • Leanna Chideste

    It takes about 10 minutes for a sewer to sew the 108 stitches on each baseball. The
    first and last stitches are perfectly hidden.

  • Julie

    Rawlings baseballs have 216 single stitches (108 double) that are all hand-sewn despite unsuccessfully trying to find machines to do the job as well… and thanks for the free embroidery download! Go Twins! 🙂

  • Klaziena

    108 double stitches, (216) First and last not seen.
    In Holland the game is not as in USA, but been once to a game in Williamsport……….and fel in love!

    (PS Is this book for sale in Holland?? Love it and need help by embroidery…..)

  • Clem

    108 double stitches. they do it so often it goes quickly for the person who does the sewing.

  • Sharon Goodrich

    Each MLB ball has 108 stitches (216 double), and each are hand sewn.

  • Michelle H

    216 single stiches on a baseball that are hand sewn. what an interesting bit of baseball trivia! Can’t wait for the season to start, I might put this desing on a pair of jeans for my grandson!

  • Leora

    There are 108 double stitches on a baseball (which some people call 216 single stitches). The first and last stitches are completely hidden. They are sewn by hand, using 88 inches of waxed red thread.

  • Sue Duisenberg

    216 hand sewn stitches

    • Tina Giovinazzo

      There are 216 stitches that are hand sewn.
      (108 double stitches)

  • Sandi Hagen

    There are 108 double stitches on a baseball (which some people call 216 stitches). These are all hand sewn.

  • kbo

    Play Ball! There are 108 double stitches on a baseball (which some people call 216 single stitches). The first and last stitches are completely hidden. They are sewn by hand, using 88 inches of waxed red thread. Thanks for download!

  • Kaye Windmiller

    108 double stitches which makes 216 single stitches. The first and last do not show. They are hand stitched in red.

  • Tina Giovinazzo

    There are 216 stitches that are hand sewn.
    (108 double stitches)

  • Sandy W

    Hand sewn, first & last stitch hidden. 108 double stitches, 216 single stitches.

  • Carla

    There 216 single stitches and they are all sewn by hand.

  • Maryhelen Bronson

    Ther are 108 double stitches. 216 single stitches.

  • Joy Corsaw

    2 threads 108 stitches each = 216. Hand sewn (out of the country) with the final stitches hidden under the cover layer.

  • Nancy

    either 108 doubles or 216 singles, the first and last are hidden, handsewn with red cotton thread

  • Nita

    Using two figure eight patterns, there are 108 individual stitches, using 88 inches of red waxed thread, which are sewn by hand twice (total is 216). The first and last stitches are completely hidden. It takes an average of 13 to 14 minutes to hand sew a baseball.

  • Linda Ladd

    There are 108 double stitches on a baseball (which some people call 216 single stitches). The first and last stitches are completely hidden. They are sewn by hand, using 88 inches of waxed red thread.

  • Carrie Burzan

    There are 108 double stitches for a total of 216. The figure 8 coverings are stapled to the wound ball and then sewn by hand with waxed red thread.

  • Sharon

    108 double stitches for a total of 216.

  • Kathy

    Thank you for the great design. Opening day is next week, but today we could have gone sledding with all the snow falling!! The stitches are hand sewn and there are 108 double stitches.

  • Lynn Edman

    There are a total of 216 stitches that are hand sewn with red wax thread.

  • Stella

    There are 108 hand sewn double stitches on a baseball. I was glad to see your baseball embroidery article and thank you for the baseball stitching design. The tutorial is an added plus.

  • Gail Beam

    There are 108 double stitches or 216 single stitches which are hand sewn on and takes the sewer about 10 minutes to sew them on.

  • Renata

    108 double stitches (216 singles), all hand sewn!

  • Mary

    There are 108 stitches on each ball and they are hand sewn.

  • Glenda Clark

    There are 216 single stitches on a baseball, and 108 double stitches.

  • Donna N.

    There are 216 single stitches on a baseball, and 108 double stitches. They are sewn by hand, using 88 inches of waxed red thread.
    Thank you.

  • Carolyn Delahoussaye

    108 double stitches (216 single stitches), first and last are completely hidden

    The two figure-8 coverings are hand-sewn together

  • Kristi D.

    108 stitches that are hand stitched

  • Patty Sack

    There are 216 stitches and they are sewn by hand!

  • Becky

    The two figure-8 coverings are stapled to the wound ball. Then they are hand-sewn together using 88 inches of waxed red thread. There are 108 double stitches for a total of 216 in the sewing process, with the first and last completely hidden. An average of 13 to 14 minutes is required to hand-sew a baseball.
    What a great pitch to sell your new book. I would consider it a homerun if I was lucky enough to win a copy.

  • Pam M

    Gosh I know absolutely nothing about baseball so no clue on the stitches, but I do love the look of the white jeans with red stitching on the pocket. Also, a big thank you – I was one of the lucky winners of a Zippy Designz voucher. I bought a fantastic Chevron set of designs with the voucher and also got one of their famous rik raks to try out. Thanks again.

  • Rita

    108 double stitches, or 216 single stitches.

  • Linda Seemann-Korte

    There are 108 handsewn stitches on a baseball sewn whith waxed red thread.

  • Fran Wiest

    There are 108 double stitches on a baseball (which some people call 216 stitches). The first and last stitches are completely hidden. They are sewn by hand, using 88 inches of waxed red thread.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Barbara Nicosia

    108 stitches, sewn with double needles by hand.

  • Maggie

    they are hand-sewn together using 88 inches (223.52 centimeters) of waxed red thread. There are 108 stitches in the sewing process, with the first and last completely hidden.

  • Joann

    108 stitches sewn by hand

  • Bethe R

    108 double stitches or 216 single stitches. Learned something new today!

  • Sandi Cunningham

    There are 108 double stitches on a baseball (which some people call 216 stitches). The first and last stitches are completely hidden. They are sewn by hand, using 88 inches of waxed red thread.
    There are 216 single stitches on a baseball, and 108 double stitches.

  • Pam

    216 single stitches and 108 double. Can’t wait for my granddaughter’s first T-ball game on April 20th.

  • Marilyn

    There are 108 double (216 single) stitches which are hand sewn.

  • Donna F

    I kenw that they are hand sewn and that it was twice around but I did not know it was 108 until I read some of the other comments. Looking forward to baseball season. “Batter up”.

  • Linda

    Thanks for the baseball stitches for the pocket! Love the neat tutorial too. There are 108 stitches that are hand sewn double for 216 stitches. Thanks again! Linda

  • Dale Fedor

    There are 216 stitches for 108 double stitches. Thanks for the baseball stitches. I plan on putting them on a shirt for my hubby.

  • Jacque

    216 stitches – 108 double stitches – hand sewn – first and last stitches are hidden – using waxed red thread of 88 inches – Love the free design – can’t wait to try it.

  • brigitte

    108/216

  • Cassandra Lancaster

    There are two pieces of leather shaped kind of like a peanut are sewn together by hand with exactly 108 stitches.The piecing of the leather reminds me kind of quilting an apple core block.

  • Kathy

    hand sewn stitches with waxed thread to total 216. First and last are hidden.

  • Kris Jacobson

    108 double stitches with the first and last hidden

  • BETTY SMITH

    216 single stitches and 108 double stitches sewn by hand with red waxed thread. the first and last stitches are hidden. Go Mariners!!

  • Tammy Olmstead

    108 stitches double sewn (216) which are hand stitched using two needles and red waxed thread.

  • Nancy

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    There are 108 stitches done twice for a total of 216 sewn

    Each MLB ball has 108 stitches (216 double), and each are hand sewn with wax thread

  • Vicki B

    There are 216 raised stitches according to Rawlings, the manufacturer of baseballs for MLB. Red cotton thread measuring 88 inches is used in the stitching.

  • Sherrie Lilly

    Hand sewn. 108 double stitches for a total of 216 single. 1st and last stitches are hidden.

  • Sharon Duffy

    There are 108 double stitches on a baseball (which some people call 216 stitches). The first and last stitches are completely hidden. They are sewn by hand, using 88 inches of waxed red thread.
    There are 216 single stitches on a baseball, and 108 double stitches.

    I certainly would love to win!!!!

  • Donna G.

    108 double, 216 single stitches hand sewn with wax thread.

  • Paule-Marie

    108 double stitches (or 216 single stithes)

  • Paule-Marie

    oops, hit the send button too soon, 108 double stitches (216 single stitches) sewn by hand with 88 inches of waxed thread in my second favorite color – red.

  • Doreen

    Hi

    108 Double stitches (216). They are hand sewn with waxed thread

  • Floretta

    There are 108 “double” stitches, thus a total of 216 stitches, that are hand-sewn with “beautiful” red thread.

  • obimom

    108

  • Calla Ferguson

    108 double stitches applied by hand with waxed red thread….everybody knows that!! lol lol

  • Rose

    There are a 108 double stitches for a total of 216 stitches. The first and last stitches are completely hidden. Sewn by hand using 88 inches of waxed red thread. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

  • Heather

    There are a 108 double stitches for a total of 216 stitches. The first and last stitches are completely hidden. The stitches are sewn by hand using 88 inches of waxed red thread.

  • Danny

    108 double stitches(which is a total of 216)

  • Mitzi

    Baseballs are hand-sewn with special waxed thread. 108 double stitches/total of 216, according to my resident baseball fan.

  • gayle hill

    Hand sewn with a wax thread. 216 single stitches

  • Dottie Green

    There are 108 double stitches and 216 single stitches, that are hand sewn with waxed thread.

  • Beverly

    total of 216 stitches

  • Mary Siemienski

    There are 88 double stitches for a total of 216 which are hand sewn.

  • Kristine

    108 stitches hand sewn.

  • lawana whaley

    108 stitches

  • Duchess

    Yea!Yankees!!! and I love the game regardless of who’s playing…
    108 double stitches

  • Karen

    There are 108 double stitches on a baseball – which some call 216 single stitches. The first and last stitches are completely hidden. They are sewn by hand, using 88 inches of red waxed thread.
    Thank you for the design!

  • Tonya

    108 double (216 total) hand sewn stitches with first and last hidden. Uses waxed thread.

  • Elizabeth Stephens

    108 double stiches (216 single) all sewn by hand

  • Jim M

    108 stitches

  • Lynn

    108 double stitches for a total of 216 The two figure-8 coverings are stapled to the wound ball. Then they are hand-sewn together using 88 inches of waxed red thread. There are 108 double stitches for a total of 216 in the sewing process, with the first and last completely hidden. An average of 13 to 14 minutes is required to hand-sew a baseball.

  • M101NWT2

    Hey! I recently noticed your site and I honestly like it. I like to chat about lcd monitors sometimes. Great to be around, thank you!

  • Mary Chevalier

    108 double stitches =

  • Vivian

    Just wondering why so many people keep saying the same thing over and over again. I think we get the idea of how many stitches are on a ball.

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