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How to Blanket Stitch (Embroidery)

Whether you’re learning the blanket stitch to embroider, applique, or sew the edge of a blanket you’re in the right place.  My blanket stitch video has been viewed over 350,000 times and helped so many people learn the technique. Just watch this quick, two minute video, and you’ll be ready to finish your blanket stitch project today.

What is a Blanket Stitch?

It adds a nice, decorative border and is great for hiding the raw edge of your fabric.  See my post on how to appliqué by hand, if you are curious about that.  It’s also a wonderful stitch for adding an edge to a blanket, hence the name “blanket stitch.”

How to do a Blanket Stitch

Supplies Needed for Embroidery Blanket Stitch

  • embroidery hoop
  • fabric
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle

How to Blanket Stitch

  1. Bring needle up at 1. 
  2. Bring needle down at 2 and up at 3, keeping needle over your thread. 
  3. Pull to create an “L” shape.
How to do a Blanket Stitch

Watch This Blanket Stitch Tutorial

Learn how to blanket stitch by watching my video below or over on my YouTube channel. It’s pretty easy to do, but it’s definitely easier to learn with a video tutorial.  On an appliqué, the stitches that go along the line would not be going through the fabric you are applying.  The stitches at the top are what hold the fabric on.

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More Embroidery Stitches

Learn all of these other embroidery stitches by making this stitch guide sampler with me. It’s a great way to practice and a nice reference to have while you are reading other embroidery patterns.

embroidery stitches

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To watch all of the videos in this series, including some basic embroidery tips, go to my YouTube channel here. I’ll walk you through the entire process and make it super easy for you.

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