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Stitch Yourself Up: Survival Skills

Knowing the skills to stitch yourself up is significant, as this can help you save a life. Learning how to stitch up a wound is a helpful skill, as this will prevent more fatal injuries when help is out of reach.

Stitching Yourself Up

Even though stitching a wound may seem hard, it really isn’t. As long as the injured part doesn’t have or connect to sensitive body parts or internal organs that could easily get damaged, you can stitch yourself up.

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Stop the Bleeding and Clean the Wound

Before you stitch your wound, you should make sure that the bleeding is controlled. After draining some blood to let out the foreign substance or stuff on the wound, put a clean dressing or any clean cloth on top of the wound, and apply firm pressure. You should apply pressure until the bleeding stops. Only then can you clean the wound and prepare it for stitching. You can use alcohol, if you have some, to clean the wound and make sure that infection is prevented. This will definitely sting at first, but this is a very necessary step. Whatever you do, don’t drink alcohol to stop the pain.

Prepare the Needle and Thread

Sterilize the needle by heating it up directly on a fire, then rub it with alcohol using a clean cloth or cotton, if you have any. Soak the thread, preferably white, in alcohol and insert it on the clean needle.

Stitching Up

Apply pressure on both sides of the wound to close it, then stitch up the wound. Tie a knot at the end of the needle then poke the needle on the skin on one side of the cut about 3 mm from the wound. Pull the string until it is stopped by the knot. Poke through the other side of the wound then pull until the skins are joined. Do a crossover stitch so that the skins are tightly and firmly joined together. When you’re done stitching, tie a knot at the end of the stitch and make sure that it is as close to the wound as possible. Cut the thread just on top of the knot.


  • You can use a bucket of ice to numb the wound before you stitch yourself up.
  • Make sure that the stitch is straight, to avoid messy looking scars. However, don’t waste time trying to make it look perfect, especially if the wound is big.
  • Never stitch a wound that is caused by an animal bite. Let the venom or rabies or other deadly fluid gush out of the wound before trying to control the bleeding, then look for help immediately.
  • Duct tape is another great remedy to stitch yourself up if there is no sewing kit or first aid kit available.