Popular for its ability to seam and add finishing touches to the edges, Blanket Stitch is one of the most versatile stitches to use in sewing up pieces of felt together to make little dolls and ornaments.
This stitch is simple and easy, and it is used to stitch the edges of blankets (thus the name). It not only gives the blanket edges a nice look but also secures them. This stitch is now used in many other crafting projects as well. This is one of the most sought-after stitches.
The Blanket Stitch is often confused with the Buttonhole Stitch. Or, rather, it should be said that Blanket Stitch and Buttonhole Stitch are often considered to be the same. While some extensive research would logically explain that they are not.
While both stitches are used to secure edges, a buttonhole stitch is a sturdier stitch to secure the edges of buttonholes. So, traditionally, tailors would use the buttonhole stitch to hand sew the edges of buttonholes.
In this blanket stitch video tutorial, you will see the following helpful tips too:
1. How to start from the beginning to sew the stitch in each seam style
2. How to sew a blanket stitch around in each seam style
3. How to sew blanket stitch at the corner
4. How to continue with new floss in the middle of the sewing
5. How to knot and hide floss into the felt
The 3 types of blanket stitch seaming are:
- Sewing 2 pieces of felt together and seam on the edge.
2. Sewing a felt layered at the top of a bigger felt, usually used on appliques.
3. Sewing a felt that is sandwiched at the edges of 2-piece felts, usually used on tabs, wings, or flaps.
I have used this popular stitch in the following projects and tutorials:
and many more in other sewing patterns.