Blanket stitch edging ~
A sporty way to finish a fleece blanket!

You've no doubt seen the blanket stitch edging on lots of off-the-shelves throws during your shopping forays. But do you know how easy it is to do yourself?

This edging is ideal for baby blankets, no matter if they are fleece, flannel, cotton, or wool fabric. However, it can also be your finish of choice for cozy throws for your “older” babies, those away at college or recently moved out.

As you can see, the baby in mind for this afghan-size blanket went to Florida State. So you might be wondering why in blue blazes did I make it double sided?! Well, babies don't often stay in one place for very long, no matter how old they get! This one can get some pretty unpleasant weather these days!


Materials for this blanket stitch fleece

  • 2 pieces of polar-type fleece (the kind that does NOT unravel! May be the same or contrasting)
  • spool of matching thread
  • worsted weight polyester yarn for edging (your preference of color to match your fabric)
  • canvas needle size 3 (like a yarn needle but with a sharper point)
  • scissors and marker (or rotary cutter and board – I love mine!)
  • saucer
  • sewing machine
  • applique (totally optional)
  • Spray N Bond (only if using applique)


Step 1


Cut the selvedges off the fleece. With right sides facing out, cut the 2 pieces of fleece the same size. As you can see, I used identical fabric for both sides of this fleece blanket.




Step 2

For each corner, place the saucer to make a rounded corner. Use a rotary cutter and mat to cut. (If you are using scissors, then use a pen or marker to draw the rounded corner with the saucer first. Then cut with scissors.)


If you're using an applique, now is the time


If you have an applique that you want to add to the blanket, separate the two fabric pieces. Use a spray adhesive (I used Spray N Bond) on the back of the applique, then position it on the right side of one piece of fabric. This will keep the applique in place while you sew around it on the sewing machine. It will also ensure that the backside of this stitching will be hidden inside of the finished blanket.

Now match the two pieces of fabric back together, and pin it all around. Pinning is always a good thing!

Step 3

The seam should be almost as deep as you want your blanket stitch to be.The seam should be almost as deep as you want your blanket stitch to be.

Using your sewing machine on a long stitch, sew all the way around the blanket about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the edge. This will secure the pieces together so that when you blanket-stitch the edge, the pieces won't shift or move around.

Step 4

Using the needle and yarn, blanket stitch all the way around the blanket. See here for blanket stitch instructions. It's a really easy stitch but I had 3 main questions about it:

  1. How do you start the stitch?
  2. How do you join another thread when one runs out?
  3. How do you join with the beginning when finishing up?
Always hide the yarn tail in between the layers of fabric.Always hide the yarn tail in between the layers of fabric.
If the tail shimmies up, tuck it back in and stitch it shut.If the tail shimmies up, tuck it back in and stitch it shut.
Here's a tip: Pull the needle through until the yarn hits the fabric. Then, joggle the needle back and forth a couple times to make a hole big enough for the yarn to go through easily.Here's a tip: Pull the needle through until the yarn hits the fabric. Then, joggle the needle back and forth a couple times to make a hole big enough for the yarn to go through easily.
Then, gently tug with the needle. The yarn should come right through!Then, gently tug with the needle. The yarn should come right through!

These instructions at Holiday Crafts and Creations helped me a lot with this. Fortunately, fleece is so forgiving, and you can always anchor the ends of your yarn in between the layers of fabric.

Yay! Fleecy goodness for your  older "baby"!

Now you're done! You have personally made a professional-looking blanket stitch edge on a soft, fleecy throw for your bigger baby! This sporty border is not only attractive but keeps fleece blankets from stretching too much.


And that's how you send your grown-up baby a cozy hug from home!

  

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