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Tutorial: Easy Blanket Stitch Throw


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It’s winter and quite chilly outside. I’ve definitely felt that need to burrow under a warm blanket, how about you? Since we’ve moved into a new space and are getting to do so much fun decorating, Sarai and I decided to add a Pendelton wool throw to the mix. Now that we have a break area, a blanket is a must for our love seat. Maybe it’ll cover someone up as they take a little catnap, or just hang out looking pretty. Either way, a blanket is always handy to have around. We found this beautiful printed Melton wool and yarn at the local Pendelton outlet but you can easily use any type of wool you like. I thought it would fun to show you how to make a simple throw with only two materials and just a little time.

So many combinations of fabric and thread colors come to mind, but I settled on this pretty faded red yarn. What would you do?

Tools Needed

  • 2 yards wool
  • embroidery thread or thin yarn
  • embroidery needle

Knot the end of your thread and pull the needle through the fabric. Once you’ve pulled the thread through, push your needle in 1/4″ from the last insertion. Make sure the needle is on top of the thread. This will create a blanket stitch. Always insert your needle from the same side. This ensures a consistent blanket stitch.

Continue all the way around the blanket. When you’ve gotten to the end of the blanket, simply make a secure knot. Voila! A very easy throw to keep you warm!

Some related posts you may be interested in:

  • Winter Cowl: A winter cowl made from a little bit of wool to keep you warm
  • Understitching: Learn how and why to understitch your garment
  • Staystitch: Reinforce your necklines with staystitching

Caitlin Clark   —  

Caitlin is the Colette Patterns design assistant. You can follow Caitlin at her blog, the story girl.

Comments 13


I love this technique… I used on a boiled wool jacket…


Thankyou for your blog! With “The Colette Sewing book” and the sew- a -long,I am learning how to sew.Finally, I making a skirt that fits fits me!!! This is one of the most exciting things I have ever done .Making my own clothes opens up a whole new world .
That wool blanket looks so warm and cozy.


I used this technique on a commercial tank top and then used the edge of the blanket stitch as a base for a crocheted ruffle around the neckline. I also added more blanket stitch around the armholes. It looks really cut and it dressed up the top.


What a great idea! I’ve never thought of using handstitching as a base for crochet, but I bet it would work well with a tiny whipstitch and tiny crochet edging too!


sarai, I’ll post a picture of the top on my blog and try to link


Love this! So simple and it looks so good. I am thinking this would be a lovely project when enjoying a hot chocolate and some kind of crazy 80s movie!


Yes, and for maximum 80s hilarity, I recommend Tuff Turf starring young James Spader.

Maddie Flanigan

I love this as well! And the thought of doing a blanket stitch around a neckline or a armhole would be so delicate. It would add the perfect amount of detail! Thanks for the tutorial!


This is adorable. Is that stitch only good for fabrics that do not fray easily?


Hi Liz,

Actually, you can apply this finish to a finished edge. I once had a white J.Crew cotton blouse that had a binding finish at the armhole and neckline. I stitched on top of the binding with a blanket stitch using red thread and it looked fabulous!

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