For years I have struggled with the blanket stitch as a left-handed person. FINALLY, I figured out how to master this stitch! Read on if you’re left-handed and you have wrestled as I have. 😉
How the blanket stitch works from a left-handed perspective.
The traditional blanket stitch starts at the left side of the project, and runs left to right. For a left-handed person, this is awkward, and I think, speaking for myself only, my brain doesn’t work that way. Sooo….I reversed the instructions for a right-handed blanket stitch set of instructions, and voila! It worked!
Here, we’ll be stitching two pieces of fabric together using the left-handed blanket stitch. I used wool for the fabric to sew, and a full six strand piece of embroidery floss. Cut yourself a length of about 12 inches for this practice piece, and knot the end.
Separate the two layers of fabric. Starting on the right top side of the fabric, bring the needle up through the fabric that is closest to you, so the knot is in between the two layers. See the photo below.
Sandwich the knot between the two layers of fabric, bring the needle behind the back piece of fabric, and stitch through the two layers, coming out through the front. Like this, below.
Pull the floss snuggly, and going from right to left, slip your needle under the floss on the front. See the below photo.
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Holding the floss to the back, slide your needle in from the front of the fabric, all the way through the back, and lay it on top of the floss. Pull the stitch tight, but not too tight. See the photo below.
Keep holding the floss to the back, putting your needle in through the front, and laying it on the floss. Creating each new blanket stitch like the below photo.
And there you have it, the blanket stitch for left-handed crafters!
I really hope this helps you master another stitch technique. Being left-handed can be a little bit challenging when it comes to embroidery, so happy stitching!
See my other left-handed embroidery post. How to do a French knot left-handed.