Blanket stitch is typically thought of as a border stitch. It’s common uses are for stitching around the edge of a single piece of fabric as a decoration or to sew two pieces of fabric together. It can also be used as a stitch in embroidery on the surface of the fabric. This post will cover how to do blanket stitch around the edge of two pieces of felt to sew them together.
Before we start learning how to do the blanket stitch, we need to do a little prep work. First, you need to cute your felt shapes and make sure that the edges match. Making an even blanket stitch on uneven edges is difficult. Check out THIS POST to learn how to easily cut felt. Next, perp your needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss. I like to work with 28-34″ of floss at a time, about the length of your arm give or take.
When stuffing small shapes with Poly-fil, its best to stuff as you go. I can be incredibly difficult to get the stuffing into all the nooks and corners from one small hole. This is why I recommend stuffing as you go.
In the example I stitched a heart. I stitched the top half of the heart first. Then stopped and added stuffing to the top half of the heart. Next, I stitched down the side just past the tip of the heart leaving a small hole to finish stuffing. Then I stitched the heart closed. Depending on the shape you choose to work with, you might have to stop several times to add stuffing before moving on. For example, when I stitched the letter “O,” I started by stitching the middle of the circle together. Then I stitched 2 or 3 inches together along the outside and added stuffing. I would go other couple inches and stuff again. Take a min and plan out how you want to stuff your shape before you have stitched yourself into a corner and need to unpick stitches to get the stuffing in.
Check out the video version of how to do blanket stitch where I walk you through each step in real time.