Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blanket Stitch Tutorial For My Left Handed Friends

First, if you are right handed this might confuse you so please don't read this! LOL. After stating in my last post I am left handed I had a request from a friend to please show how a left hander blanket stitches. I LOVE all of you right handed people, but when you do tutorials on some of this the south paws scratch their heads and wonder how to go about doing it. Of course we do all of this backwards and have messed up projects because we can't figure it out. So.... my south paws get a piece of practice fabric and lets do this.

If my pics are too blurry please let me know and I will take new ones!!!!

First, knot your thread and bring it to the front of your material at the bottom of where you want your stitch to start. I happened to have a piece with a seam so I could show if you had a penny rug and had two different colors.

Then take your needle above the seam or edge about 1/4 inch diagonal from your initial stitch.

Next bring your needle up through the fabric directly below where you just went in beside your initial stitch. (the extra thread is on the left so I could show you more clearly, but you will want the extra thread looped on your right hand side)

Now as you pull the thread through the fabric make sure you have the thread under the needle laying on the fabric at all times.

When the thread is pulled all the way through the loop. It should resemble a backwards L if done correctly. The needle should be on the left of the loop.

This next picture shows you in one step how to do the next stitch in one step. See how the thread is always under the needle.

Pull through...

So on and so forth. Note, as left handers we tend to get a slant to our stitches as well as our writing LOL. You will need to take extra care to try to keep them straight up and down. When you complete a "row" or are ready to tie off take a tiny stitch over the backwards L to again "lock" it off and take your needle to the back of the fabric and tie a knot.

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Kimberly said...

Yay for lefties!

You know, Mary, we're the only ones in our right minds!


Wendy/TheCozyYellowHouse said...

I am a lefty too Mary!!:0)

Chris said...

Great tutorial Mary...even though I'm not a "leftie"...odd one out I'd say judging by the previous

Leftie or not...would have loved to come to your craft day but shame is I live half a world away and the lamingtons I was going to bring would have gone soggy on the way over...tee hee x

Chatty Kathy~Palmetto Prims said...

Yes, there are some lefties who often scratch their heads as the mostly rightie instructions!! LOL!! Thank you very much for posting this!!

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country cottage said...

OH Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been trying to learn the blanket stitch. I even watched a video on You-tube. But was having a hard time with it.
Prim Blessings,

GramaBug said...

I'm diggity for lefties! I do NOT slant my writing; just turn your paper with the bottom slanted to the left. Works for me. Anyway, I have to do the blanket stitch around some crochet that will be a patchwork bag. These pictures are very helpful! Thanks...