Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How to Sew a Blanket Stitch

How would you like to learn one of the coolest looking stitches I know? It's called the blanket stitch.  If you were to sew a blanket stitch around the edge of a shape, it would look like the pink stitches in the picture.

Imagine that you want to sew two pieces of fabric together to make a stuffie. Maybe it’s a stuffie shaped like a Minecraft creeper or maybe a golden unicorn. Are you picturing it? A blanket stitch will hold the front and the back of the stuffie together, hold the stuffing inside and look really awesome.

If you are following the *Winky Cherry sewing method with me, a grown-up has prepared the stuffie project for you, and there are dots to follow all around the edge. These dots will help you place the blanket stitches. 

*Notice to grown-ups: The dots on the red heart in the photos were made by a grown-up to show new sewers where to make each stitch. If you would like to read more about preparing projects for beginners this link will take you to a post about it.

How to Sew a Blanket Stitch

Step 1 Hide the knot. If you need to see how, follow this link. Your blanket stitch will look neater if you add one more step. After you've hidden the knot do not pull the thread all the way through. Leave a little loop.

Poke the needle though the loop and you are ready to make your blanket stitches!

Step 2 Choose what direction you want to sew the blanket stitch. It does not matter if you sew toward the left or right as long as you keep going the same way for the whole project.

For this lesson I am sewing clock-wise.

Do you know the direction the hands of an old fashioned clock move? Like that.

If you are stitching in a straight line … sew from left to right ... the same direction that you would print on a page.

Here is a little rhyme to help you remember each step of the blanket stitch. Repeat the rhyme until you automatically know what to do next.

The blanket stitch makes a line of thread that lies along the edge like this.

 And it makes little lines of thread that go from the dots outward to the edge like this. Very cool.

Once you've tried sewing this stitch, here are some other stitches you can learn with me: Whip Stitch, Running Stitch and How to Add New Thread to the Blanket Stitch.

Happy Stitching!

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  1. Thanks for sharing over at the DIY Crush Craft Party. I've featured this great tutorial for how to blanket stitch over at Easy Sewing for Beginners! Such clear photos! We've also added this to our Pinterest board. Don't forget to stop by next Thursday to add your tutorials to our next DIY Crush Craft Party!

    1. Thank-you for hosting a great craft party, Domenica! I'm so pleased that this post has been featured. :)


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