Ah, happy Monday! Here we are again.
Today we will be taking a look at a fun and useful stitch- the blanket stitch.
Before we start, I want to clarify that the blanket stitch and the buttonhole stitch are NOT the same stitch. Some makers will use this term interchangeably, but in reality the buttonhole stitch is completed a bit differently; a knot is used along the edge in order to provide better thread endurance due to the button rubbing frequently against these threads.
You will see this stitch used most often as a decorative edging on pieces, i.e. on the edges of fleece blankets. However, I encourage you to think outside the box. The blanket stitch can be used in making flowers, lettering, line work, and even as texture filler (see below). Mary Corbet has some great examples on her website.
Blanket Stitch Tutorial
For the purpose of the tutorial you will see that I have marked two lines on my fabric. If you are using a pattern these may already be in place (such as the outline of a flower) or you may choose to use a vanishing pen to mark these. If you are doing this stitch along the edge of piece you will only need one line and the edge will be your second guide.
1. Bring your needle from the back through to the front along your bottom line.
2. Insert your needle through the front of your piece along your top line leaving about 1/4 inch of space between. This distance is negotiable dependent upon the look you want. The closer the stitches are the more full coverage you will have (such as the flowers pictured above). DO NOT PULL THREAD THROUGH!
3. Bring your needle back through the to the front of your piece along the bottom line passing it OVER your thread coming out of your first hole.
4. Pull thread snug. You should see a reverse ‘L’ formed.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 along length of piece ending on step 3. After pulling your thread snug go through to the back to lock that last reverse ‘L’ in place and tie off thread as usual.
And there you have it. Pretty easy, right?