11.06.2006

Stitch School: Blanket Stitch

Stitch School has moved to it's very own blog and you can now find the Blanket Stitch post here.

69 comments:

atelier455 said...

I wanted to find out how to sew blanket stitch last week, to edge a scarf I'd knitted, and your guide is so much better than the info I managed to find online at the time. Great work!

lamplight designs said...

This series of tutorials is wonderful. Just wanted you to know how much I am enjoying them!

June said...

Thank you again for the tutorials. I'm enjoying embroidering and practicing the stitches.

Jessica said...

Thank you SO much for the lovely - and very understandable - embroidery tutorials. Yours is the best on the web and I really appreciate it!!

Kari said...

I have read... oh say maybe 10 differet instructions for this simple stich, some even had photo guides. I can honestly say I haven't unsderstood it until I read yours. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I never have sewn a thing in my life and now I'm working on sewing a Christmas stocking for my daughter. I have made it out of two pieces of felt and am wondering if I can use this stitch to hols them together. Or what would you recommend? I love how you have each step photographed. It looks very easy to follow...I think I could even do it!

janet said...

Hi anonymous! Go back and take a closer look at the round ornament with the bird on it—it's made with two pieces of felt back to back. So yes, this stitch would work perfectly for your stocking. I think I used all six strands of embroidery floss so it was nice and sturdy. You could also use wool (and a larger needle) for a chunkier look. Give it a try! The first few stitches may seem a bit awkward but you'll pick it up in no time at all. Good luck!

sarah said...

I found the link to your blog from a recent Turkey Feathers post and I have to say, this is the best explanation of embroidery stitches I've found in either books or online. You spell it out, both with words and pictures, breaking each stitch down to its basics. Thank you so much for this. It means the world to me, as I'm sure it does to many fledgling sewers!

Michele said...

This site is amazing! Before I couldn't do all these difficult stitches but now I'M showing my friends how to do them!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, just thought I'd say thank you very much for the brilliant tutorials... I'm a week away from my art exam, in which i stupidly decided I'd use lots of sewing... which I'm rubbish at. I spent ages looking for a website that illustrates how to do the stitches, then i came across this one. It is truly great, and has really helped me. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm a student who is learning stitches from a teacher but easily forgets. Thank you for the wonderful tutorials! Now, I can do these stitches even when I'm not at school. I'm 2 days behind on my project and this helps a lot! Thank you so much!

Carrie said...

This is so great!!! You have made it so easy to learn these stitches!! Love the pictures!! I was wondering though, How do you know how many threads of floss to use? Or is that just a matter of preference? Also, it looks like it is all sewn with the floss as a single strand tied at one end as opposed to doubled and tied together. Is that correct? Thank you!

Chloe said...

I am really enjoying learning all of these stitches! Thanks for makit so easy!! I want to use this stitch to finish a fleece blanket. What is the best way to start and finish with the floss when you have no where to hide loose ends? Because of the size of it blanket I cannot use one long piece to stitch all the way around. I have tried tying the new piece to the last one but found it difficult to get it just right. I don't want to end up with pieces of floss sticking out every time I have to start with the new piece. Any tricks to that?

janet said...

I often answer questions in new blog posts so they don't get lost in the comments. So, Carrie and Chloe, watch for answers to yours in the next week or so.

Ashley said...

Thanks this helps a bit. I'm embroidering a pig pillow for my JH FCS class. I was supposed to take it home over the weekend to finish the blanket stitch, and found that I didn't know how to start it. Thanks.

Shelley, Auckland NZ said...

Your instructions are fantastic and I can't wait now to blanket stitch some baby wraps and blankets for my newborn. Just thought I'd let you know these instructions will be used way down here in Auckland, New Zealand! Thanks for your great website.
Regards Shelley

Anonymous said...

While burning the midnight oil with needle in hand I had no one to call at 2 am to explain the blanket stitch. Went online and there you were.......very clear instructions ...thank you for being here with me lol
jo in michigan

LacciMacci said...

Thanks for all those tutorials on those stitches. They'll come in very handy when I start making plushies, clothes and other handmade goodies!

honeybunch said...

Beautiful. Just what I needed to finish paws on my Miyako Kanamori sock elephant. Thank you!

heirloomgarderner said...

Thank you so much. I am teaching myself and my daughter. Your pictures were perfect.

Leila - mommyof4 said...

Great post- I am linking this to a post on our homeschool crafts blog, if you don't care- I wanted to show how to do a blanket stitch and you give an excellent explanation. www.cmhandicrafts.blogspot.com

FortIrwinWife said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your careful instructions! I'm using these stitches to give my scrapbook pages some extra pizazz :)

Levi said...

thank you so much for posting pics on blanket stitching; i forgot how and now i rem. thank you again!!!

Anonymous said...

that was a great explanation, it helped remind me how to do blanket stitch- it's such a long time since i last did it! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This was very helpful for a school craftproject! thanks!

Stockton said...

Thanks for this tutorial ... I misplaced my stitch book and this really helped me out in a pinch!

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome site - I googled "blanket stitch" hoping for simple instructions with pictures that my visually impaired little girl could see. I feel like I struck gold. She's making her doll a blanket. She can actually see the stitches in the photos. Thanks so much.

laura said...

thanks fot the blanket stitch tutorial! i always need that visual reminder! :)

Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to learn the blanket stitch. I really am not crafty in any way, yet I am picking this up easily. Amazing site, thanks so much!

milkcan said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

A_Flama said...

Great!!! I was looking for it for a long time! :)
thanks

amy.gunson said...

I've just stumbled on your tutorials and wanted to say thank you. I'm a machine sewer, but often need to add a handsewn decoartion. These were perfect tutorials for me! Thank you.

Beth said...

wow, I found your blog by a search on yahoo. this is about the 5th exampl of a blanket stitch and yours finally made sense! It is like a light came back out that long burnt out in high school! thanks!

Linds said...

Thank you for these wonderful tutorials! I found your blog through a google search. I'm currently making my kids felt crowns for their birthdays and these tutorials helped me put on the finishing touches.

Alison C said...

I came across your blog while looking for a tut on blanket stitch (excellent tut by the way)but I've spent all afternoon looking through your blog. I've really enjoyed it your work is beautiful and tuts are great. Thanks!

foobella said...

Just wanted to thank you for your Stitch School blogs and to let you know I'm giving you props in my blog.

http://foobella.blogspot.com/2008/10/well-ill-be-funky-monkeys-uncle.html

Cala said...

What I am wondering is how to get the stitches the same length and how to get them perfectly far apart from each other.

janet said...

Cala, if you're embroidering on linen or a heavy cotton where you can see the threads clearly (like in my photos) you can count threads like you would for cross stitch. Otherwise you can do it by eye, or you could mark on the fabric with an air-soluble marker. A line of evenly-spaced dots will mark where your needle should go.

Anonymous said...

After searching the web for how to do this stitch I came across your tutorial, and I am so glad that I did. The pictures and description have made it so easy to understand! Now I'm off to try my hand at it. Thanks so much!

Kayla said...

I'm just beginning to really learn cross stitching, and these tutorials are far better than other examples I've found on the internet. This blanket stitch was especially helpful to the christmas presents I'm making for my friends. Thanks so much!

Heather, paperfollies.typepad.com said...

what a great tutorial...yeah! i plan to go back and look at the others too, as this is all new to me and i am so excited to get going! xo

fugitive247 said...

Thank you for posting this lovely and concise tutorial. I had wanted to hand down to my newborn a fleece blanket which had been enjoyed years ago by her two older brothers, but my heart sank when I discovered that part of the original machine serged edging had unraveled.

After removing the old binding I will be reworking the exterior using doubled strands of cotton crochet thread in a blanket stitch. This will provide a durable anchor for finishing with a pretty crocheted scalloped edge.

Laura said...

Thank you for the great photos and instructions! I went to Ehow.com first and I couldn't figure it out, but you are so clear and straightforward...success! I did it! Thank you a million times over, our Christmas stockings this year will be perfect.

Anonymous said...

lol- hopefully now my mother-in-law will view me as a saint! I doubt that but I AM sure that she will be greatful that I can now show her the stitch and save the day! Thanks!

Astrid said...

Hi there - just stumbled upon this tutorial which was just what I needed! Your blog is wonderful - just added you to my feed as well as my blogroll! :)

Nichole from PA said...

Thanks! I'll be using this to finish a Philadelphia Eagles fleece blanket for my father in law :) I thought about doing a no-sew tie blanket but figured a grown man wouldn't want that.

Anonymous said...

This is a great thing for me since I am doing stitching in tech and I need to write down the instructions for blanket stitch!!!!

Kasey said...

Thanks so much for your tutorial! I learned to blanket stitch when I was in girl scouts and I totally couldn't remember how to do it anymore! This was a big help : )

spookie said...

Hi Janet, Great site. I will use it often. The question I have relates to your response to Chloe's comment about blanket stitching a blanket. I cannot find the answer you said would show up. Of course I have never really blogged before so maybe I'm missing something. I just made a blanket for my Grandpa and have the same problem. How do you end and begin a bunch of times?

janet said...

Spookie, you'll find that post here:

http://primrosedesign.blogspot.com/2007/09/more-stitching-q.html

It's sometimes hard to find an answer to a comment because you don't know when the comment was posted. I couldn't remember myself so did a search for blanket stitch. I'll have to remember to post links in the comments :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, finally I found instructions that made it so clear. thanks so much

Jenny said...

Thank you so much! This was so easy to follow. The only other thing I have ever sewed was a button and because of your instructions I picked up the blanket stich in twenty minutes!

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Thanks so much for this post...I was trying to work out how to blanket stitch around a panda's ears...and I found your blog...Brilliant!

Tashano said...

Thanks for all those tutorials on those stitches.
;)

Vics said...

Thanks for the help! I'm making baby bibs and wanted to hem them with a funky coloured blanket stitch! I found your blog and I love it!! x

HazeWea said...

Oh my gosh!!! I've been searching for a tutorial on this stitch for so long! Thank you for posting this! =)

Anonymous said...

After 3 hrs. of trying to figure out a blanket stitch, your tutorial made it very clear - Thanks Much!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I know how to do the basic blanket stitch, but when I come to the end of the thread and begin again with a new thread, I can't figure out how to do it so it looks continuous.
Thanks.

janet said...

Anonymous, I answered a similar question from a comment above here: http://primrosedesign.blogspot.com/2007/09/more-stitching-q.html

If you're working on a piece with a folded over edge, then it's pretty simple to hide the knot inside that edge. Otherwise, you just have to be as neat as possible.

Anonymous said...

Very helpful! Pictures really helped! Thanks for the tutorial!

(((((HUGS))))) sandi said...

AWESOME! *THANK YOU!* I can DO this!!!! ~smile~ (((((HUGS))))) sandi

Meg said...

thank you so much for a fabulous tutorial! Very clear & easy instructions (which I totally appreciate as a non-sewer) THANKS! :)

Julie said...

Both my daughter and I are non-sewers but love to try new things so we downloaded some felt ornament kits to make and give as gifts only to realize we had no idea how to do blanket stitches, french knots, or satin stitching, that is until we stumbled onto your site. Voila! We got so confident we whipped out about 16 ornaments in two weeks. We looked at many places but yours was the very best to learn how to do these stitches and more. We'll be back!

Christy said...

Your instructions were so clear! Thank you so much! I needed a refresher on how to do this stitch and this took all the guesswork out!

Anonymous said...

I'm a college student. Started sewing to be able to sew my torn jeans or fallen buttons. I have pretty much no experience or knowledge about it, but i found myself in need of learning more. And ths blog is really really helpful. Thanks.. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

Benitta said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Lucy

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Quilt said...

This is quite an interesting and informative tutorial I must say. I am sure many beginners in stitching would find this posting quite helpful. :)

Helen C said...

Fantastic..the blanket stitch is so well explained. Thank you SO much.