Learn how now: blanket stitch for appliqué with Debbie Busby

If there’s one embroidery stitch that everyone who sews should know, we just might pick the blanket stitch as the big winner. It’s an easy way to conceal raw edges of appliqué pieces, it’s quick to learn, and it’s super cute too!

The blanket stitch
See what we mean?

Sew Many Notions author Debbie Busby has traveled across the United States and to Australia to share her wool-appliqué techniques, and the blanket stitch is one of her favorite stitches to teach. Her beautiful book is chock-full of them! Once you have this simple little stitch down, you can embellish every edge of your work with it.

We caught up with Debbie at Quilt Market, where she shared her method for the blanket stitch with us. Take a look!

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Adding the blanket stitch to your appliqué is like putting frosting on a cake: it makes your finished projects sparkle. Here are a few more of Debbie’s sewing-inspired projects from Sew Many Notions:

Sewing Day Wall Hanging
Sewing Day Wall Hanging

Cute as a Button Pincushions
Cute as a Button Pincushions


Sewing Stuff Pocketbook

Simple Tomato Pincushions
Simple Tomato Pincushions

See more projects from Sew Many Notions >>>

Debbie’s adorable tomato pincushions are so popular, they recently caused a commotion on Facebook—people were clamoring for the pattern when they saw this fun photo from a Facebook group member. Well, we’ve got the pattern. It’s in Sew Many Notions!


Maker: Delane Young Turner. Prairie Star Table-runner pattern is by Cheri Saffioti-Payne.

Along with the blanket stitch, we think Debbie may be the world’s #1 fan of wool appliqué. Here’s Debbie to tell you about her favorite type of sewing (but be warned, addictive-personality people!):

“If there’s anything you should know about wool appliqué, it’s this: it’s fun, easy, quick, and addicting! The projects in this book are meant to be quick and easy too. Make them for your home or sewing studio, or give them as gifts to your stitching friends and neighbors.

My hope is that you’ll enjoy the process, add your own touches, and change the colors to those you love. I also hope wool appliqué will find its way into your life and your heart. So jump in and find a project that will bring you joy. Once you start, you may not be able to stop!”

What’s the first embroidery stitch you ever learned: blanket, buttonhole, backstitch? Tell us in the comments!


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