The blanket stitch is used decoratively as an edge stitch-an overcast stitch for a beautiful seam finish-or an appliqué stitch to apply one layer flat against another. You can vary the stitch depth and length according your taste and the thickness of thread used. This stitch can be worked edge-side up (demonstrated here) or with the edge-side down.
Secure the thread at the edge of the fabric. Bring your needle one stitch length to the left, insert it through the fabric, and hook the thread behind the needle point.
Pull the needle directly up (or down), to close the stitch. The thread should lie right on the edge of the work.
Bring your needle over one stitch length, insert it through the fabric as you did before. Hook the thread behind the needle, and pull the thread to close the stitch. Repeat to the end of your work.
Excerpted from Threads Issue 135, p. 63.
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