Blanket Stitch Embroidery Crafts and Creations

A blanket stitch is a simple way to add a handmade touch to your sewing project. Use it to finish an edge, attach an appliqué or even as a decorative stitch all on its own. This basic stitch is a must-have in your hand-sewing tool box!

The blanket stitch began as a way to finish the edges of blankets — and other things like tea towels and pillowcases. There are many ways to use a blanket stitch in your sewing, and we will talk about three of them today.

It’s best to use embroidery thread or yarn for this stitch, since it is decorative and the thicker threads stand out more. Match the weight of your thread to the weight of your fabric: Use embroidery thread for linens and yarns for heavier wool’s and fleece. You can also use matching or contrasting thread to change the look of your stitches.

Stem stitch in stranded cotton with one to six strands of floss;

When embroidering with stranded cotton, you can choose to use any number of strands, from one to six. If you use one strand of cotton, the resulting embroidery will be quite fine. As you add strands, the resulting embroidery becomes heavier. If you stitch with all six strands, the stitches become chunky.

The number of strands you choose depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. If you want to add more texture and dimension to your stitching, you can do so simply by using more strands in the needle at one time.