Learn how to blanket stitch and you can use it in a variety of ways in your projects. Blanket stitch was first used, unsurprisingly, along the edges of blankets. Because there is thread running along the edge of the fabric, it is a useful stitch to help fraying which makes it a good choice to sew around the edge of applique. It is also great for embroidery to embellish your project.
How to blanket stitch
Begin by bringing your needle up through the fabric from behind. I usually tie a knot in the end to secure it, although that can make it bulky if you are using a fairly thick embroidery thread.
Put your needle back into the fabric about 1/4″ below where the thread comes out. Bring the needle out again where the thread comes out so that you have one vertical stitch. Now put the tip of the needle in slightly to the left of the bottom of the stitch and bring it out again slightly to the left of the top of the stitch.
Make sure that the needle comes out above the thread by holding the thread down against the fabric. Pull the thread gently (not too tight) and the thread will loop around the stitch you have just made. It makes a shape like an upside down U.
Continue sewing blanket stitch in the same way across the fabric.
Using blanket stitch
As an example, I used blanket stitch around the edge of the stag’s head applique – with running stitch to mark out the individual points of the antlers.
I used blanket stitch for the seams of this clutch bag and again for the edging of the golf ball applique on the borders of a quilt that I made for my golf loving son.
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