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How to Blanket Stitch by Hand

Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick

The blanket stitch is an overcast style of stitch. It is frequently used as a decorative finish for blankets. It is also a popular finish on felt items. Blanket stitch can be sewn by hand or machine using various weights of thread, floss and yarn. Be sure to match the weight of thread to the fabric you are stitching so that it doesn't overwhelm the fabric or cause the fabric edge to curl over.

Below is a photo tutorial showing how to blanket stitch by hand step-by-step. To practice this tutorial, you will need several pieces of felt. The first tutorial will show the process of sewing two pieces of fabric together and the second tutorial shows how to applique with a blanket stitch.

I used both of these techniques on this Thanksgiving Turkey pin, part of my free felt holiday pin series.
free turkey felt pin

Blanket Stitching Two Pieces Together

Thread your needle and make a knot near the end of your thread or yarn. Align the edges of the two pieces that you are sewing together. Insert your needle between the two layers and come up through the top piece of fabric at the desired distance from the edge. Pull thread through until knot is resting against the wrong side of the fabric.
starting the blanket stitch

Put the layers back together so that the edges match up. The thread will be coming up through to the right side of the fabric as shown in the photo to the right.
how to blanket stitch tutorial

Insert the needle down through both layers at the desired distance from the edge.
how to blanket stitch tutorial

Pull the thread through until there is a small loop; insert the needle through the loop from underneath.
how to blanket stitch tutorial

Pull on the thread until the loop closes up, but is still slightly loose - you need the slack for closing the loop at the end. You want the loop to look like a "U" - if it looks like a "V", you have pulled the stitch too tightly.
how to blanket stitch tutorial

To continue stitching, insert the needle down from the top again. The distance between the stitches should be about the same as the length of the stitch so that the stitch looks closer to a square than a rectangle.
how to blanket stitch tutorial

Pull floss through until a small loop remains. Bring the needle up through the loop from below. Pull floss through until the edge of the loop is resting snugly against the edge of the fabrics. If the edge starts to buckle, you have pulled the floss too tightly.
how to blanket stitch tutorial

Click to read the next part: Blanket Stitch Tutorial - Turning the Corner

Interested in learning more about hand stitching? The books below are wonderful references!

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Blanket Stitch Tutorial - Turning the Corner
Blanket Stitch Tutorial - Finishing
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