Hand embroidered Christmas tree made with multicolor blanket stitches

Blanket Stitch Filling

Blanket stitch filling is a variation of the Blanket stitch used for filling the areas in hand embroidery.

The method of this embroidery stitch is straightforward. We start with a row of blanket stitches. Then, we add one more row of stitches above the first one. The legs of the new row overlap the top part of the stitches in the previous row.

Blanket stitch filling with red threads on white fabric
Christmas tree embroidered with colorful threads and blanket stitches

Applications Of The Blanket Stitch Filling

  • I use this stitch to create shapes, like simple triangular Christmas trees. If you want to try out this technique – check out “Christmas Card Tutorial“, download a free pattern and create your own card with a tree embroidery.
  • This stitch is excellent for mending projects. You can choose to embroider blanket stitch filling in circles or lines. It allows working around different shapes of the mending areas with ease.

This type of filling stitch is very versatile. For example, you space the stitches further away from each other. In that case, you can create a net-like pattern to make the background material visible. If, instead, you place the stitches very close to each other, the fabric will be covered, and the stitches will look like satin stitches with additional horizontal lines.

Other Stitches From The Blanket Stitch Family:

Video tutorial

If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel. In this video, you’ll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will have you creating the Blanket stitch filling like a pro in no time.

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

Need More Guidance?

The top 10 hand embroidery stitches to learn is a free online course created for beginners.

White sashiko stitches on purple fabric