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Up and down blanket stitch

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A variation on regular buttonhole or blanket stitch, where alternate stitches are narrowly then widely spaced.

For more background see the entry for blanket stitch.

Up and down blanket stitch is generously sponsored by Riddhika Chakravartty


Mark the fabric with two parallel lines or one parallel to a raw edge.


Working from left to right, bring the needle and thread up on the baseline and take it down on the top line, leaving a loop on the surface.


Bring the needle up in the loop on the baseline and tighten the loop against the working thread.


Take the needle down further along the baseline ensuring to leave a gap of a threads thickness, draw the thread to the back leaving a loop on the surface.


Bring the needle up on the top line very close to the previous stitch.


Whilst the needle is still in the fabric, throw the surface loop over the needle


and draw the thread through to complete your first ‘Up and Down’ stitch


Repeat these steps again to produce a series of ‘Up and Down’ stitches evenly spaced to achieve an Up and Down Blanket stitch


Up and Down blanket stitch

Up and down blanket stitch

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Borders, edgings, outlines, couching.

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Up and down blanket stitch

A continuous line of scallop looking Blanket stitches tied together in pairs
Each stitch should be a mirror image of the adjacent stitch


  • Betty Barnden, The Embroidery Stitch Bible (2003) , p.62