Blanket stitch - embroidery how-to, quick video, and step by step guide

What is the blanket stitch and how do I use it?

The blanket stitch is a decorative stitch used primarily for edging. It is often seen as the border on a blanket, but it can also be used on the surface of an embroidery design or in hand applique. Pair it with other decorative stitches like the lazy daisy stitch or the French knot to add depth and texture to your embroidery. In the Stitching Raccoon Sampler, the blanket stitch is used around the edge of the blanket that the Raccoon is stitching.

Blanket stitch in the Stitching Raccoon Sampler

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Blanket stitch diagram

Below is what a typical diagram for the blanket stitch may look like in an embroidery pattern or on other how-to pages. 

Blanket stitch diagram for Pinterest

See the blanket stitch in action

Follow along with this quick video to see how each step of the blanket stitch comes together.

Step-by-step instructions

Now, let's walk through each step in the blanket stitch together.

Step 1: To start the blanket stitch, bring your needle up from the back at your starting point, along what will be the edge.

Image of stitching the blanket stitch

Step 2: From the front, insert your needle about a quarter of an inch down from the edge and a stitch length over from where you started. Do not pull the thread tight yet. 

Image of stitching the blanket stitch

Step 3: Now, bring your needle back up along the edge, directly above where you just went down. Be sure that your needle is on the inside of the floss, creating a 90-degree angle. Pull the stitch taut. 

Image of stitching the blanket stitch
Image of stitching the blanket stitch

Step 4: Repeat this stitch as you work along the edge, going about a stitch length over, and a quarter of an inch down each time.

Image of stitching the blanket stitch
Image of stitching the blanket stitch
Image of stitching the blanket stitch

Step 5: To stitch a 90-degree corner with the blanket stitch, stop about a stitch length away from the corner. Instead of inserting the needle ahead a stitch, put it down through the last stitch you made, about a quarter of an inch down from the edge. 

Image of stitching the blanket stitch

Step 6: Then, bring your needle up at the corner, still keeping the needle inside of your floss. This will create a diagonal, 45-degree angle. 

Image of stitching the blanket stitch
Image of stitching the blanket stitch

Step 7: Send your needle back down through the same hole again (this will be the third time through this hole) and come up a stitch length away from the corner, finishing your corner stitch. You can now continue with the blanket stitch along this side.

Image of stitching the blanket stitch
Image of stitching the blanket stitch

Step 8: To finish the blanket stitch, make a small anchor stitch on the other side of the loop to hold it in place.

Image of stitching the blanket stitch
Image of stitching the blanket stitch

Save it for later

Want to remember how to do the blanket stitch? Pin the image below to Pinterest as a quick reference for later!

Blanket stitch diagram for Pinterest

Give it a try, you can do it!

Now it's your turn to grab a needle, some embroidery floss, and give it a go! Practice the blanket stitch, along with other basic embroidery stitches, in the Stitching Raccoon Sampler. Get the embroidery pattern for FREE by signing up below!

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