Closed blanket stitch

Closed Blanket Stitch

This border stitch is another beautiful variation of the Blanket stitch. The closed blanket stitch takes the basic stitch and turns it into a row of triangles connected by a shared line.

Applications Of The Stitch

This is the closed form of the Blanket stitch, and you will find them mostly stitched across the edges of the quilts. This stitch gives a very clean finish to the edges. Because blanket stitch creates a thread outline along the edges of your piece, it can mask uneven edges and wonky cutting.

Closed blanket stitch embroidered with light blue thread on white fabric
Closed blanket stitch back side

How To Embroider Closed Blanket Stitch

Closed blanket stitch embroidery step 1
Closed blanket stitch embroidery step 2
  • Mark two parallel rows.
  • Take the needle up at the top left corner and make a diagonal stitch down. Leave a loop of the working thread and come up on the upper line, forming a triangle.
  • Make one more stitch down to the right and come up in between on the upper line, creating a left side of the triangle.
  • Stitch down to the same hole and come up on the upper line right to form a right side of the triangle.
  • Repeat the steps to finish the row.

More 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 Closed Blanket stitch 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