Add beads to a simple blanket stitch and provide your latest project with a decorative finish. Watch the corresponding video on YouTube for an easy sew-along: How To: Beaded Blanket Stitch.
For a detailed post on how to sew a standard blanket stitch, follow the link to our YouTube tutorial: How To: Sewing Blanket Stitch.
We are going to be working with two layers of felt, however the same rules will apply with 1 layer. We will be sewing the stitch using embroidery floss (divided in half, 3 threads). With the addition of seed beads, introducing 3 seed beads to every stitch. The number and size of beads can vary and will change the look of the stitch.
Start the blanket stitch by tying a knot at the end of the thread. Position the needle through the fabric, from the WRONG side of the felt, in-between the 2 layers of felt. This will hide the knot.
Sewing the first stitch in a blanket stitch is slightly different, you will need take the needle and thread and position it in the fabric from the BACK of BOTH layers of felt, coming back out through the FRONT where the previous thread exits the fabric.
Pull the thread to leave a small loop remaining. Position the needle from the front to the back through the loop. If you twist the loop slightly this will create a small knot to secure the start of the stitching.
Add the beads onto the needle and thread BEFORE sewing each of the stitches. Add as many beads as required, you may need a finer needles to fit through some beads.
Start sewing the blanket stitch. Start sewing from the back of the two layers of fabric to the front. Pull the thread to leave a small loop and position the needle through the loop from the FRONT to the BACK. Keep the thread taught to create the stitch.
In this example we are sewing 1/8″ (3mm) away from the edge of the felt, and the stitch length is approximately 1/4″ (5mm). However you are welcome to change the distance from the edge of the fabric and the stitch length. This will depend on the project you are working on, the thickness of the fabric and how secure you require the stitch to be. Why not test out the size of your stitch on a scrap of fabric before sewing.
Position the needle from the back to the front of the fabric. Move forward from the last stitch the required length (we used 1/4″ (5mm)) and the same depth from the edge of the fabric (we used 1/8″ (3mm)).
Pull the needle through the fabric to create a loop of thread.
Take the needle through the loop from the front towards the back.
To finish the stitch, you will need to sew from the BACK of the two layers of fabric to the FRONT, coming out of the fabric at the front in the same position as the last stitch. This is the same technique we used to start the stitch. Leaving a loop of thread, take the needle from the front to the back through the loop. If you can twist the loop slightly you will create a knot to secure the stitching.
Finish the stitching by securing the thread with a knot, or loose the thread in the fabric. To loose the thread in the fabric, position the needle between the two layers of fabric and come out at a random position in the fabric. Pull the thread taught and cut off the thread where it exited the fabric. By pulling the thread tight and cutting at the edge of the fabric the thread should ‘jump’ back into the fabric to loose the thread.