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Blanket stitch is a great decorative stitch on its own for various fabric projects. And when you add beads into the equation, you can create something even more beautiful! I used beaded blanket stitch for the edging on one of my recent projects, a bead embroidery statement necklace, so I thought I’d put together a tutorial in photos so you can see how it’s done!
For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m sewing a beaded edging to join two pieces of felt, using black beading thread and bright pink size 8/0 seed beads (similar to these) so you can see the steps clearly.
Thread a beading needle with beading thread and double it, tying a knot in the end. Go up through the inside of your fabric, in between the two pieces as this is how you can hide your knot.
Before you pull the thread tight, pass the needle the through loop that you’ve made to secure this first stitch into place.
And your first stitch should look like this!
Now for the exciting part! It’s time to start sewing on the beads. Pick up a seed bead onto your needle and go through the back of the fabric, through both pieces again as shown in this photo. Leave around a 4mm gap (this is for a size 8/0 seed bead, if you’re using size 11/0 seed beads, your gap will need to be smaller).
Push the seed bead into place so that it’s sitting on the edge of the fabric and before you pull the thread tight, pass your needle through the loop that you’ve made to secure this stitch.
Ta da! Your first bead should be sitting nicely on the edge of the fabric.
Pick up your second bead and repeat steps 5 to 7, remembering to leave the same amount of space for an even gap in between the stitches.
Your thread should sit to the right of that second bead as you begin to sew more beads into place.
Repeat all of the steps until you’ve sewn on as many beads as you can handle!
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