Monday, July 11, 2016

How-to: Add New Thread to the Blanket Stitch, for Kids

Have you been practising the blanket stitch we learned? And have you noticed that sewing the blanket stitch uses a lot of thread? The bigger the sewing project, the more thread you will use and the more often you will have to lock the stitches to re-thread the needle!

Can't figure out how to make a smooth thread-join? Read these directions. They will help you. This is an easy way for kids to add new thread to the blanket stitch. You will see little lumps of thread where the threads connect in this beginner method, but with practice they will be tidy lumps

If you are ready to learn how to blanket stitch with no knots at all, just skip on down to the video at the bottom of this post.

Firstly, when you are sewing a line of stitching do you remember how to tell if there is enough thread on the needle to make a lock stitch? Compare the length of the thread to that of the thread snippers. When the two are the same, it is time to lock the stitches and add new thread. 

Let's look at the steps to adding new thread. 

Thread Tip: I use Cébélia crochet cotton size 30 by DMC with my students because it is smoother and thicker than regular thread. That means it is easier for small hands to use. It also twists and tangles less than embroidery floss or sewing thread, which is also helpful to beginners. 

Look at your thumb and pointer finger. See how they work together to make pincher fingers?

Make pincher fingers with one hand. Find the cut end of the thread on the spool and pinch the tip. Hold the spool loosely in the other hand.

While holding the thread in your two hands like this, follow these steps...

Hold your arms out, from side to side.
Pull the thread as your arms reach wide.
Put the spool down while holding the tip.
Pick up the snippers and make a small snip.

Use your pinchers again, lick them and pinch a point on one end of the thread. (Or touch the end of the thread to your tongue, close your lips and pull it out.) Put the wet tip of the thread through the needle’s eye. Even-up the two thread ends and tie them together in a knot.

Poke the needle into the same spot where the lock stitch is, up through 1 piece of fabric (photo A).

Step 4

Push the knot between the two pieces of fabric with your finger or the tip of the needle to hide it (photo B). The knot will be between 2 pieces of fabric … in my sewing classes we call this a knot sandwich. J

Step 5

Anchor with a whip stitch. Whip the thread over both fabric edges (C-1), and come up through the same spot, through 2 pieces of fabric this time (C-2). The thread is anchored, but do not pull it too tight.

Step 6

In one movement, poke the needle underneath all of the threads in the anchor stitch you just made AND under the lock stitch threads. 

Straighten the threads with your finger nail.

Pull it snug.

Repeat the steps in the next photo to continue sewing blanket stitches.

See each place where the new thread has been joined in the photo below? Each of the thicker spots is where the old thread has been lock stitched and the new thread has been anchored.

Now, are you ready to learn how to blanket stitch with no knots at all? Watch this super helpful video by Wendy Gratz of Shiny Happy World.

Happy stitching!

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  1. Very nicely done! I love your tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing them at the DIY Crush craft party on Thursday! I just pinned your entries!! Hope to see more of your posts next week!

  2. Can you share the pattern for the animals? I would like to use this with my JH Family and Consumer Science class.

    1. Hello! Unfortunately, the patterns are subject to copy-write laws and I can't share them, but what I can do is tell you that they come with the book & kit 'My First Sewing Book' by Winky Cherry. I got mine here...

      I have seen the kit on Ebay and Amazon, too. If you have any more questions I'd be happy to answer them. Best of luck with your class!


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