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Sewing Blanket Stitch (Stitch Lessons) | @laurenfairwx

October 23, 2019


Hi! It’s Lauren and today on Stitch Lessons,
I’m going to show you how to sew a blanket stitch. Blanket stitch is a decorative stitch that
looks like a series of short, parallel lines with a border of thread running along the
seam that connects them. I typically use it to sew two fabric edges
together, but you can also modify it slightly to use it to attach an applique to another
piece of fabric. Here’s how it’s done! I’m starting out with some embroidery floss
threaded onto a needle and I tied a knot at the end to keep it from coming undone. Here, I have two pieces of felt and I’m
going to use blanket stitch to sew them together along the edges. You can also use this technique around the
edge of a blanket. To hide the knot, start your needle between
the two pieces of felt. Poke your needle up relatively close to the
edge and pull it through until the knot catches on the back. Tuck it in so it won’t stick out. Here’s where the fun starts. Choose a spot next to where your thread is
coming out, the same distance from the edge, and push your needle through both layers of
fabric right there. Gently pull your thread through, but leave
a loop at the end instead of pulling it tight. Now, reach your needle around the side of
the fabric and back up to the front. Put your needle up through that loop, then
tighten the thread. That’s your first stitch! To start the next one, push your needle down
through the front of your work right here, the same distance from your last stitch and
from the edge of the fabric. And again, don’t pull it all the way through;
leave a loop, bring your needle around the side and up through that loop before you tug
on it. Repeat those steps along the edge. To make it a little easier, you can pull on
the loop and hold it open with your other hand like this! Remember that your needle always goes down
through the front and wraps up around the side; your needle shouldn’t ever be coming
back up through the fabric. After a few stitches, your project should
start looking something like this. If your work has a corner, here’s how to
sew around that! Insert the needle down into the same spot
where your last stitch was. Once you put your needle around the side and
through the loop, try to tighten it so it lands right on the corner like this. Then, put your needle down through that same
spot in the fabric one more time. This time, when you tug on your stitch, tighten
it on the other edge around the corner. Then, you can continue from there as usual! And blanket stitch gives you a nice border around the edges of whatever it is that you’re making. To use blanket stitch to attach an appliqué
to a piece of fabric, the steps are pretty similar. Start your thread up from the back like this,
slightly in from the edge of the appliqué. Then, push your needle down through both pieces
of fabric in the next spot. Now, push your needle up just off of the appliqué
in the spot where you would normally be wrapping the thread around the side, like this. Put your needle through the loop, then pull
it tight. It’s pretty much the same, but you have
to imagine your needle wrapping around the edge of the appliqué in order to know where
to push your needle up from the back. If your project has curved edges like this
circle, I find that it helps to imagine that all of the stitches are pointing in towards
the center of the shape. The approach is a little different than if
you were stitching on straight lines and corners like we did earlier. When you’ve stitched all the way around
your blanket stitch project or appliqué, there’s one more thing to note. To connect the border of your last stitch
to your first one, hook your needle into that first stitch and tug on it to straighten that
diagonal line. Then, I like to push the needle back down
and through to the back to hold that stitch in place and tie off my thread somewhere hidden. And that is how I sew a blanket stitch! Thanks so much for watching this tutorial! I hope that you make something lovely with
what you learned. If you’d like to see more of the hand sewing
and embroidery tutorials in this series, be sure to watch the rest of my Stitch Lessons
playlist. Click the ‘Stitch Lessons’ logo on the screen
or check the video description for links if you’re interested. Happy stitching!

25 Comments

  • Reply Raffaello Nardin August 25, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    May I ask you something? Is not related for this video but… how did you developed an unique style for your plushie? I tryied, after saw your video about copying, to create original design for my plushie and not follow a tutorial, but they always turn out just like other plushie I've seen on the internet…

  • Reply Leila Lopes August 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I love your stitch lessons! 😘

  • Reply Courtney Y August 25, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you for making these! I don't sew often, but I do little crafty projects here and there as gifts (I've made two from your plushie tutorials!). I don't have a sewing machine, so these are super helpful and really easy to follow.

  • Reply Ashley Lynne August 25, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Thx a bunch! I really love your stitch lessons! This helped me a lot, since blanket stitch was difficult for me! Stay awesome!(〃^βˆ‡^)οΎ‰

  • Reply Dilara Uysal August 25, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I learned how to sew from you πŸ™‚ not from stitch lessons but plushies videos and the other ones. These are really helpful for someone who doesnt know how to sew

  • Reply Mj Buchanan August 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial!!!

  • Reply Whitney Sews August 25, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Very cool I've never been very good at the blanket stitch…guess I need to practice it more. Really like how you used it for the applique.

  • Reply PumpkinMozie August 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    cute!!

  • Reply JustRosieStorm August 25, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    So helpful! Thanks for the great explanation πŸ™‚

  • Reply Francesca Galanti August 26, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Very informative! Good job, Lauren!

  • Reply Bobobottle2 August 26, 2016 at 1:57 am

    I love these videos so much! There's very helpful!

  • Reply Lhouse810 August 26, 2016 at 3:12 am

    ok I have a needle joke πŸ™‚ there's a guy in therapy, he says "doc you gotta help me! I think I'm a needle!" doctor says "I don't see your point"

  • Reply Chiara R August 26, 2016 at 6:59 am

    your stitch lessons are so good!!β€οΈπŸ’—πŸ’—

  • Reply Marie's Kawaii World August 27, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Lauren, you have wonderfully clear stitch lessons! I am linking your videos to my tutorials !

  • Reply Prisilla Cope August 27, 2016 at 4:03 am

    I know this stitch….but thanks for the refresher on corners. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Camila Monreal August 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    How did you make your Hufflepuff scarf

  • Reply Lady Sugarquill August 29, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I always use this stitch to sew things because I can pull and it doesn't wrinkle the fabric πŸ˜€

  • Reply Constance Wang September 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Lauren I love your videos you are so lucky to have this talent. The only reason I can sew and knit is because of you. You're my favorite you're so enthusiastic and that's one of the reasons I like you.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Šβ€οΈβ€οΈ

  • Reply Sushi PlushieTM October 9, 2016 at 6:20 am

    cool!!! i never used that stitch before!! but i learned how to do it!!! your stitch lessons are very helpful!!! πŸ˜„

  • Reply Nicole Cunningham October 18, 2016 at 7:00 am

    How do you add on to the stitch if you don't have enough thread?

  • Reply Melique Xavier December 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I love your videos because they help me with my schoolwork!!!Next video you should do the satin stitch.

  • Reply Devil babe April 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I loved it such a easy way to stitch it helped me a lot thank u soooo muchπŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜˜

  • Reply Linda Daly May 12, 2017 at 3:20 am

    love it!!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  • Reply Pam H July 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Could you use this stitch to join the top of a handbag which is knitted and has a polyester fleece lining?

  • Reply Bren Doug September 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I am looking for classes for beginners to make letters ELD I need to embroider on my mother's shirts I've been watching some videos on YouTube for beginners embroidery and you are the one that shows each detail that I can follow

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