How to Sew the Blanket Stitch

embroidered hamsaThe blanket stitch comes in handy for several uses. As an embroidery stitch, you can use it to outline an object and give it a real folk art look. Or use it to hand-sew an applique onto background fabric, like the hamsa in the photo. You can also use it to finish a narrow hem by hand.

You can create endless decorative variations by varying the depth of the stitches.

How to Sew the Blanket Stitch

Work from left to right. Start by bringing the needle up on the line being embroidered (point A in the diagram).
blanket stitch buttonhole stitch

Insert the needle into the fabric below the line and one stitch distance to the right (B), and bring it up again on the line or edge of the applique (C). Continue stitching to the right.

Use your thumb to hold the embroidery floss above and to the left of the needle as you make each stitch.

embroidered hamsaBTW, the other stitches used for the folk hamsa in the photo are the backstitch for the lines and French knots at the ends of the lines.

Maria Bywater is the author of Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home. She teaches hands-on Judaica sewing workshops.