The Blanket Stitch is the simplest of all the looped stitches, and, with its close cousin the Buttonhole Stitch, is one of the most versatile. It is traditionally used to finish the edges of blankets, but it has many other applications.

Work this stitch between two parallel lines. Start at the top line. Move over one stitch length (usually spaced so that the vertical and horizontal lengths of the stitch are the same) and stitch between the lines as shown in the drawing below, catching the thread under the needle to form a loop.
It is also quite common to use the Blanket Stitch as an edge binding stitch. The needle only pierces the fabric once, because the top line is really the edge of the fabric.
  • You can make this stitch with a fairly loose tension, and the stitch will be more rounded. Or you can pull the thread taut, so that the stitch looks like a "7". It's up to you, as long as you keep the tension consistent. However, make the stitch tighter if you're using it as an edge finish.


  • Edge Binding
  • Decorative Border
  • Attaching applique