How to Sew a Blanket Stitch

The blanket stitch is one of the most simple sewing techniques to create a beautifully finished edge, and I use it for a number of my craft projects. Today I'll be showing you the easy steps so you can add this to your sewing basket of skills!

One of the reasons I love this stitch for craft projects is that it finishes the edges of fabric in such a pretty way with so little effort. The supplies are minimal, and the results speak for themselves. Let's dive in...

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You only need four supplies to complete a project with a blanket stitch. For this tutorial, I'll be using a piece of scrap felt, and I think it's the best way to learn this technique. This stitch is truly ideal for thicker fabric, like felt, and you'll see it used on many felt projects.

Gather these items to begin:
  • A scrap of felt
  • Embroidery floss (For most projects, I use floss that is the same color as my fabric, but for this demonstration, I'm using a contrasting color so that the stitch is easily visible)
  • Embroidery needle (This is different from a regular sewing needle because it has a longer eye for threading larger materials)
  • Scissors


1. Begin your project by cutting a length of embroidery floss that is approximately the same distance as from your elbow to your fingertips. You can certain use other lengths, but this is generally the way to gauge thread length for hand-sewing projects because that length is the easiest to work with at one time.

2. Thread your needle, and put a knot at one end of the thread.

3. Fold your piece of felt in half so that the edges meet each other evenly. Every single stitch of the blanket stitch will have your needle coming from the bottom, up toward the top. Begin by anchoring your thread between the layers so that the tail is hidden.

Start your first stitch between the two layers of fabric

Tuck the tail between the layers to keep it hidden

4. Lock that stitch in place by making a full stitch through the same hole. But don't pull the stitch tight! Leave a little loose loop, and push your needle through that loop to create the first blanket stitch.

Lock the first stitch by pushing the needle through the same point in the fabric

The needle should emerge from the same point where you started

Leave a small loop, then push the needle up through it to create the first blanket stitch

5. The key to a beautiful blanket stitch is to make sure each stitch is evenly spaced--both over from the stitch before it, and along a straight line from the edge. As you're practicing this skill, it might be helpful to use a piece of washi tape to maintain spacing.

6. To make the second stitch, move your needle over by your desired stitch length, and insert the needle, again, from the back toward the front.

Keep your stitches evenly spaced throughout

7. What defines a blanket stitch is always this next step. Just like in step 4, insert the needle through the loop, then pull tight. Make sure you maintain the same tension for each stitch so that the spacing stays even throughout your project.

Create each blanket stitch by locking the thread through a tiny loop

Keep the tension even for each stitch

8. Continue this stitch, pushing your needle from back to front, leaving a loop, then locking the stitch by pushing the needle through the loop and pulling to tighten. You'll start to see the pattern emerge as you accumulate more stitches.
With more stitches, you'll begin to see the pattern

9. When you come to the end, reinsert the needle through your last stitch to secure the thread. Then, push the needle down between the layers to hide the tail. Trim your excess thread, and you're finished!

Lock the final stitch by pushing the needle back through the previous stitch

Insert your needle downward between the pieces of fabric

Trim the excess thread

This keeps your thread ends hidden inside

The blanket stitch

This stitch is such a simple one to learn, and it's a truly great skill to add to your crafting know-how. Soon, I'll be sharing some DIY projects that will incorporate this stitch, so I thought it would be smart to begin with a demo. Stay tuned for more!

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