How to End the Blanket Stitch

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How to End the Blanket Stitch
Finish off a blanket with a blanket stitch. (needle and thread image by gajatz from

Blanket stitches are typically used on blankets to finish off the edges. You don't have to hem the blanket or attach binding along the edges if you use the blanket stitch. This stitch works well with felt or fleece materials that do not unravel very much. The blanket stitch may take a few minutes to master, but by the time you have finished the blanket, this stitch will be easy. Finishing the stitch is easier than starting the stitch, so you can finish stitching the blanket quickly. The blanket stitch is done by hand using only a needle and thread.

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Things you need

  • Blanket
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Sew around the blanket using the blanket stitch.

  2. 2

    Complete the last stitch to meet up with where you began stitching.

  3. 3

    Pull the needle all the way through on the last stitch, so it is on the front of the blanket.

  4. 4

    Push the needle through the fabric directly next to the threaded loop, instead of going up diagonally to the right like you normally would.

  5. 5

    Push the needle underneath a few stitches on the back side of the blanket to catch the thread.

  6. 6

    Cut the thread short just past the few stitches you ran under.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a blanket stitch on other items besides blankets, such as felt crafts or fleece baby items.

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