Use blanket stitch to edge fabrics and create pretty patterns on sewing projects, we show you how

Whether you are an experienced sewer or fancy beginning a project for the very first time, checking you are doing the stitch correctly means your work will look more professional and you’ll feel confident to try tricker makes in the future. In this simple, picture-led guide we show you how to do the perfect blanket stitch.

As the name suggests, blanket stitch is an ideal stitch to finish off blanket with, minimising wearing and fraying along edges. You can use it on any other fabric too, just altering your yarn, wool or thread accordingly.

Because of the large space between each stitch you’ll make quick progress, which is really encouraging as a beginner. We love the idea of using blanket stitch as a decorative embroidery stitch, like on Daisy cow toy, above. Pick bold, contrasting colours to ensure your fancy newly-learned skill stands out and gets noticed!

Don’t be afraid to just get stuck straight in with blanket stitch. It can be unpicked ever so easily, leaving only a few pin prick holes along the way, so you can always untangle yourself and start again if you make a mistake.

You’re basically catching your thread with your next stitch all the time, to keep it up in a straight line, along the edge you want to stitch.

This is a really simple stitch and would make a great starting point if you’re teaching little ones to sew.

How to do blanket stitch

To work blanket stitch, first bring the thread up just below the edge of the fabric and take a diagonal stitch to the right, about 3mm in from fabric edge.

Bring the needle out directly below again, just below the edge of the fabric. Loop the thread around the needle where it emerges and pull the thread taut.

To form the next stitch, re-insert the needle to make a diagonal stitch to the right, about 3mm in from the edge. Again loop the thread round the needle. Repeat to form a line of stitching. Keep the stitches nice and even and work with an even tension.

How to do blanket stitch.

You can easily work blanket stitch around a curve too, like this

This versatile stitch can be used for edging appliqué shapes like the fabric patches on our Little Daisy toy, just try to keep the length of each stitch the same, while altering where you put the needle in, to create the curve.

Linda’s Tip: Always work from left to right with the tip of the needle and the working edge facing towards you.