The humble and often overlooked blanket stitch, is really not so humble. Blanket stitch has quite a variety of uses- from decorative stitching to functional sewing- it’s a beginner’s stitch that every embroiderer should know and is extremely versatile.
Blanket stitch originally was a reinforcement stitch used to prevent fraying of edges on blankets, sheeting, tablecloths, teatowels and to make an edge look neat and pretty- hence the name…blanket stitch. Blanket stitch is often confused with buttonhole stitch- a sturdier, hand sewn stitch traditionally used by tailor’s to secure buttonholes.
But, have you ever considered using blanket stitch as more than just an edging to a teatowel? Blanket stitch can also be used in applique as a decorative edging or it’s a pretty stitch to use when joining 2 pieces of fabric or felt together.
You can keep the stitch fairly simple, but it actually has quite a few variety of uses and can become quite intricate. For instance you can stitch 2 rows so the stitches interlock (called a double blanket stitch), you can vary the length of the thread of each stitch and create a “hill” or “scallop” effect, or vary the stitch to create a triangle effect (closed blanket stitch).
Would you like to get started?
It’s a good idea to fuse light, woven, interfacing to the back of the fabric before starting.
Blanket stitch can be sewn from left to right or right to left, depending on your preference. Our preference is from right to left.
1. Bring the needle from the back of the fabric through to the front at point A.
2. Push the needle back into the fabric at point B.
3. The needle and thread will now be at the back of your fabric. There should be a loop at the front.
4. Bring the needle up and thread it under and through your loop.
5. Push the needle back through to the back of the fabric at point C. Make a loop again and thread your needle under and through your loop.
6. Continue along until you reach the end of the fabric.
The only difficult part of this stitch is to keep your stitches evenly spaced and even lengths.
If you would like to add some beading, before you push the needle through to the back at point C, thread a bead onto your needle. Remember to use a straw or milliner’s needle for easy beading. (Size 9 is a good size).
Tell us how you use blanket stitch or share with us any of your blanket stitch tips? Happy stitching.