Blanket Stitch is a versatile stitch that is not only used in embroidery but also in sewing and quilting. It is generally used to stitch the edge of the blankets. Hence, the name is derived from it as the blanket stitch.
I will be posting more variations of this blanket stitch in the coming days. Blanket stitch is often confused with the buttonhole stitch. But there is a difference between the two. You will notice that blanket stitch is less sturdy than the buttonhole stitch and tailors generally prefer using the buttonhole stitch than this one to secure the edges.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
How many strands of floss do you need for making the blanket stitch?
This Stitch looks best with all 6 strands of floss. You can double the strands if you are working on bigger patterns or reduce them if you are working on smaller designs. I have used all 6 strands of floss for this tutorial
Step by Step pictorial process of working the blanket stitch
1. Start by inserting the needle from below the fabric at point A. Insert it back at desired length at point B. Without pushing down the needle, bring the needle up at point C that is beside point A.
2. Notice that the thread should be under the needle. Bring the thread up.
3. Again, insert at point D and bring up at point E. Bring the needle up.
4. Keep working in similar fashion till the end of your pattern and finally bring the needle down at the end of the pattern. Secure the end from the back and cut the floss.
TIPS FOR WORKING THE blanket stitch
- It can be worked either from left to right or the other way around.
- You can alternate the length of the stitches by making one short and one long to create a beautiful effect.
WHAT IS THIS STITCH USED FOR?
- Generally, this stitch is used to secure the edges of a blanket or quilt.
- In embroidery, this stitch can be used to make beautiful flowers.
- This stitch can also be used to fill any design like the one shown above.
Check out the video tutorial below
So until next time,
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