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Hand Stitches for Hand Sewing

Blanket Stitch

Blanket Stitch was traditionally used to finish blankets, hence it's name. It is a good finishing stitch for folk art projects.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament using Blanket Stitch

Blanket Stitch to was used to finish the edges on this Heart Shaped Christmas Tree Ornament.

Start of Blanket Stitch

Come up from the back at the start of your line.

Leave a nice long thread end for finishing. I often use Blanket Stitch in situations where it will be seen from both sides.

Blanket Stitch

Stitch down just over from where you started making sure that you catch the end from the start of the stitch line.

This is where you determine the spaces between the stitches for this line of stitching because you will want the stitches to look even and you will need to match this distance for all the stitches in the rest of the line.

Blanket Stitch

Make sure that the needle is above the thread from the previous stitch so that it is caught on each stitch.

Repeat the stitches making each one the same size as the first until you've finished the line of stitches.

Catch the loop from the last stitch, go between the 2 layers of fabric and create the finishin knot.Clip.

Thread the tail from the start of the stitch line catching the loop,go between the 2 layers of fabric and create another finishing knot.

Finished Blanket Stitch

Finished Front of Piece.

Finished Back of Blanket Stitch

Finished Back of Piece.

 

 

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