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You all liked this adorable little Oddball with his bunny slippers, his teddy bear, and his blankie. But you have to blanket stitch around the edge of the blankie and several of you reminded me that I haven’t done a video for that yet (even though you’ve been asking very nicely).
Not only do I show you how to blanket stitch – I show you how to do it without any knots. No knots! So it looks perfectly perfect everywhere! And for those who are really obsessed with perfection, I show you how to mark the fabric before stitching so all your stitches are perfectly spaced.
Here’s the video. . .
I show this on felt because I’m currently obsessed with felt, but you can use the same technique on fleece if you like.
Ready? Go blanket stitch something! Here’s the Floyd pattern if you want to start with his blankie. 🙂 And here’s some felt if you have a different project in mind.
Play with some felt! Try the Oddballs – a fun pattern for silly monsters.
Thank you this helped alot. BJ in Idaho
I’m glad it was helpful! 🙂
I think you are the best teacher! I appreciate how thorough you are in each of your videos. You make learning easy and fun! I always come to your site for instructions! Thank you so much!
Thanks so much! 🙂
Great video, thanks!! How would you finish the stitch though if going all the way around the felt?
* When only using 1 layer of felt. (I found a tutorial about how to end it on a double layer of felt)
That’s what I show at about 4:50. Just imagine that you’re doing that after going all the way around – you’ll be right back where you started and the mthod is the same no matter where you end. 🙂
Your tutorials are always so well done and extremely helpful! You are a PRO! Thank you always for your in-depth instructions. I know I can come to your website and learn all kinds of neat things! Thank you!!
Thanks so much! 🙂
I have a question. I am making a baby fleece jacket (age newborn to 3 mo.) for my new great niece and in the pattern it tells you to blanket stitch all the way around the bottom, collar and cuffs. I have used a light brown fleece. I am discouraged because I don’t know what to use to mark the dots. What would you use? Also, would you use a matching or a bit darker color for the blanket stitch? Thank you!
Most of the time I don’t even mark the dots – I only do it when I want to be extra precise. 🙂 Fleece can be tough to mark on – I’d probably try a fine-tipped black sharpie and just make tiny dots. Then instead of stitching into the center of each dot I’d stitch just to the top of it – so my thread covers the dot and hides it. As far as what color thread to use – the sky’s the limit! I usually use a contrasting color so that the nice detail work really shows.
Thank you so much for adding this video link to your newsletter this week! I teach young children to hand sew. We sew on felt all the time … and I prepare the projects with dots for the children to follow. It was so interesting to see you use dots in the video. 🙂 … I’ve been thinking of ways to teach the blanket stitch and watching this has been very helpful!
Good luck! That first stitch will be tricky with kids – it’s easy to pull it right through when there’s no knot – but after that it should be fine!
In a sewing or quilting shop, you can find a tape (not aticky) that is marked at equal distance to use as a guide just hold it close to the fleece). You can make your own marker and slide it along as you stitch.
I never knew this existed! I found what I think you described on Amazon, a PeelnStick Removable Ruler Tape. Thank you Anonymous!
I just watched this video…Thank you! It was simple and easy to follow (wish I would’ve seen it before :).
Since there are no knots to secure it, couldn’t someone just pull at one of the threads and start unraveling it? If this is a project for a child, I want to make sure it’s secure.
Just wondering….again, thank you.
Yes – if they pull just the right stitch they could pull it loose.
These are great tips! I love the heart design. I’m excited to make a garland.
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