A blanket stitch is a popular stitch in embroidery and sewing projects. It is strong and firm and is often used with heavy fabrics such as wool. It is why it is used in blankets, and hence its name. It is used to join and to embellish sewing products. It is an easy to do stitch that can be learned in a short time by anyone who can stitch. You need embroidery thread and needle to do it.
How To Do Blanket Stitch Embroidery?
If you are using the blanket stitch to join two fabrics, hide your knot in between the fabrics. Start your blanket stitch from behind the back fabric and bring it forward at the knotted point. Make a loop and pass your needle through it and pull. Make your second stitch with your needle coming from behind. Make a loop and pass and pull your needle through it to close the stitch. Repeat to the end of the fabric.
You can also use the blanket stitch on a single fabric and for applique purposes. You can also use it around corners or use different colors of thread for decoration.
How To Join Fabrics With Blanket Stitch?
- Make your first stitch by hiding the knot in between the two fabrics that you want to join. You will do this by making the knot stitch behind the fabric in front.
- Bring the needle to the front from behind the back fabric. Pass it through the same point where you made your first stitch.
- Do not pull the thread all through. Leave a loop and pass your needle through it and pull tightly.
4.Make your second stitch by pushing your needle from the top to the bottom.
- When the needle comes out at the bottom, place thread underneath the needle and pull. This will form a tight blanket stitch.
- Repeat this step for the length you want to sew with a blanket stitch.
How To Sew The Blanket Stitch At Corners?
- Plan for the corner way before you get to it.
- Sew your blanket stitch normally until you are one stitch away from the corner.
- Start your corner stitch by passing the needle from the bottom of the last stitch you made.
- Insert your thread from behind and pull up the thread. Form the loop and let the needle pass through it to tighten the at the corner of the sewn length.
- You have made your blanket stitch at a corner now and fastened the length of two fabrics joined together through the blanket stitch.
How To Sew Along One Edge With Blanket Stitch?
- Thread and knot your needle, ready for sewing your blanket stitch.
- From behind your fabric, push your needle through to the front to hide your knot. You can do this again, at the same spot, to make sure that your thread is not going to loosen.
- Make a loop stitch over the edge of the fabric.
- Pass your needle through the loop and pull to close the loop firmly.
- With your needle now at the top, push your needle from a down position coming up to form the next loop stitch. Pass your needle through the top of this loop stitch and pull. You now have your second blanket stitch.
- Repeat this above step until you are at the end of the sewn length. Make a firm corner stitch and knot and complete your blanket stitch.
- You have successfully made the blanket stitch on one length of fabric.
How To Make Blanket Stitch For Applique?
- You will need an embroidery thread and needle. For applique, the blanket stitch you make is similar to joining two fabrics.
- Start by fastening the thread on the fabric. Make a knot on your sewing thread and hide it behind the additional decoration layer. From behind the top fabric layer, insert your needle and push outwards to hide the knot.
- Insert the needle at the same position it came from and push back. Make sure it comes out between the two layers of fabric.
- Pull gently to make a loop and put your needle through this loop and pull. You have made your first applique blanket stitch. Make sure that every stitch you make is pulled outward.
- Bring your needle a short gap after the first stitch at the bottom of the stitch and push it up. Make sure it touches both fabrics and comes out from between them.
- Repeat this stitch to the end of the applique layer. You will have successfully applied the blanket stitch in an embroidery project.
Tips To Successfully Use The Blanket Stitch For Embroidery
Vary The Depth Of The Stitches You Use
When embroidering with the blanket stitch, you don’t have to stick to the same size of the stitch. Depending on the length of the fabric you are embroidering, you can have different sizes of the stitches that you use. You will end up with different looking stitches on your embroidery.
Since you are doing it by hand, it will be easier to change the depth and style of your stitches every few inches.
You will then end up with different looking and shaped stitches. This will make your projects stand out for their creative finish and embroidery.
Embroider With Interlocking Blanket Stitches
Making interlocking blanket stitches is another way you can creatively decorate your sewing projects. When embroidering with the blanket stitch, you can make sure to have interlocking rows on your project. You will end up with beautifully decorated projects.
You can also use different color threads for the interlocking rows. This will clearly show the difference in the quality of embroidery that you have applied. It will also make decorating your projects easy to do.
Interlocking the rows gives a double blanket stitch. This will be effective for both sewing and decorating your work. It will make sure that the quality of your work is top-notch. It will not fray or break easily, while also being beautiful.
Create Different Patterns With Your Blanket Stitch
You can be creative with the blanket stitch when embroidering. You can do a variety of things with the stitch for your projects. If you are just learning how to make the blanket stitch, this will be good practice. You have the opportunity to make different patterns with it as you use it to embroider your projects.
Besides being a strong edge finishing stitch, the blanket stitch is a fine embroidery technique. It is easy to carry out, especially by hand. Different colors and patterns of the blanket stitch will make all your decorations unique and beautiful.
Creating Designs And Embroidering Them With The Blanket Stitch
There are different types of embroidery you can do by hand. If you can draw, or come up with your embroidery designs your projects will be unique and different. Create the drawings and designs on your fabric. Embroider them with the blanket stitch once you have drawn them on your sewing projects. Producing or enhancing your embroidery designs with the blanket stitch makes them more visible and more permanent.
Mix Up The Colors
With the blanket stitch, you can easily change the color of the thread you are using midway through your project. Prepare several colors of thread that you will be using for your embroidery project. Mixing up the colors on your project helps showcase your expertise and brings out your embroidery. It will be attractive to many people who love color and its effect on embroidery.
The blanket stitch is a firm and strong stitch that you can use for firm sewing and embroidery purposes. When you have mastered the blanket stitch you will never have to use any other decorative stitch.