How to Do a Blanket Stitch
The blanket stitch is an age-old decorative stitching method that is still used today. It is ideal for adding a unique, attractive and unique look to a variety of projects, from quilts and blankets to home décor. With a few basic tools and a bit of patience, you can master the blanket stitch in no time.
Tools and Materials
Before you can start stitching, you need to have the right tools and materials. You will need the following items:
- Embroidery hoop
Step 1: Prepare the Fabric
The first step in doing a blanket stitch is to prepare the fabric. Begin by cutting the fabric to the desired size and shape. If you are using a pattern, make sure to also trace the pattern onto the fabric and mark for placement. You may also want to finish the edges of the fabric to prevent fraying.
Step 2: Secure the Fabric in the Hoop
Once the fabric is cut and prepared, you will need to secure it in your embroidery hoop. To do this, place the inner hoop with the fabric on top of the outer hoop. Then, use your fingers to secure the edges of the fabric to the outer hoop.
Step 3: Thread the Needle
Next, you will thread your needle. Start by cutting a length of thread that is twice as long as the distance you plan to sew. Next, thread one end of the thread through the eye of the needle. Then, tie a knot at the end that is on the needle.
Step 4: Begin the Stitch
Now you’re ready to start stitching. Begin by pushing the needle through the fabric from the wrong side to the right side. Pull the thread through the fabric until the knot reaches the fabric.
Step 5: Complete the Stitch
To complete the stitch, bring the needle back through the fabric from the right side to the wrong side. As you do this, make sure to leave a small gap between the stitch you just made and the next one. Then, pull the thread through the fabric and repeat.
Step 6: Finish the Stitching
Continue stitching in this manner until you have reached the end of the pattern or the desired length. Once you have finished the stitching, tie off the thread on the wrong side of the fabric.
Step 7: Remove the Fabric from the Hoop
Finally, you will need to remove the fabric from the embroidery hoop. To do this, gently loosen the screws on the outer hoop. Then, carefully remove the inner hoop and fabric.
Now that you know how to do a blanket stitch, you can use this method to create beautiful and unique pieces of art. The possibilities are endless! With a bit of practice, you can use this stitch to make anything from quilts to home décor.