Blanket stitch embroidery is one of the stitches beginners learn which is very useful for various kinds of embroidery. It can be used (as the name says) in blanket border stitching, surface embroidery, to attach different parts of fabric together, outlines, etc.
The blanket stitch has long been an application by hand, in cultures of various tribes and communities around the World. Indeed when done by hand, it is sometimes considered a crochet stitch. Used to join pieces together to make a blanket or other larger item.
The blanket stitch when used in embroidery, it can be used as very pretty borders. The process to do that is the same, unlike doing it in a real blanket, stitching at the edges just mind the end points of the stitches and make sure to do it clean.
It is also used in sewing leather pieces together, as traditionally done by indigenous American cultures, and even for weaving basket rims. This stitch is also a type of surgical suturing stitch.
BLANKET STITCH EMBROIDERY REQUIRED TOOLS AND MATERIALS
- An embroidery hoop
- Sewing needles of different sizes (as per need)
- Small scissors
- Small pieces of cotton fabric
- Normal cotton thread
Since it is one of the simplest stitching methods, we have got you this short step by step guide to get you started right away.
For beginners it is recommended to draw two parallel lines on the practice fabric with erasable pencil for visual cue, and so that the stitch is well aligned. At first, pull the needle up through the fabric putting the needle from the behind.
Make a round journey of the needle all the way through the parallel lines, reach the other side and stab the place a stitch above the previous hole but in the opposite line, and bring it up from the opposite.
Now pull the needle above the back side thread of the needle. This should hook the first loop. Now continue the same process to get the loop of blanket stitches.
The blanket stitch is commonly used as a decorative stitch on an array of garments. Besides blankets, it is used on sweaters, outerwear, swimsuits, home furnishings, pillows, and much more.
- As projects with this stitch, you can make a circular loop kind of design with the Blanket stitch as embroidery.
- To make it more attractive, use different colours, and even different kinds of yarns to add to the pattern.
- The blanket stitching produces a slanting stitch style, so you can use a different colour thread and do another layer above the previous with the other side slant.