Monday, March 24, 2014

Beaded Blanket Stitch

When I was gathering ideas on coin purse construction and decoration, I ran across a handmade item finished with a beaded blanket stitch. That made my ears perk up! How fun would that be?  So when I wanted to make my neighbor a little thank you gift this weekend for spontaneously bringing us dinner (how nice was she?), I thought it was high time to try it out.

A few things of note:

1. I have a Silhouette and used white iron on transfer material to add the name.
2. I used Vinyl Fuse on fabric to give this a glossy shine. I put the Vinyl Fuse on after I ironed on the name, so the name is protected from wear and tear.
3. The fabric frays a bit on the edges, despite using Vinyl Fuse, which is really what prompted me to bust out the beaded blanket stitch. Perhaps if I treated the back with Heat N' Bond I'd have avoided the issue. But than will the die cut through? See...all about exploration and not being afraid to give it a go. Next time.

I used the Seasonal Stitches: Butterflies die for this project. I also pulled the little swirly wing detail from the Seasonal Stitches: Birds to create the detail on the sides. In order to keep it symmetrical, I cut one into the front side  of the purse and one into the backside of the purse.

Check out that beaded blanket stitch. I tried to find a You Tube tutorial for you, but came up short. But it is easy...I figured it out, after all. Stitch up the sides using a blanket stitch, but each time before you insert your needle into the back to create another stitch, put a bead on your thread and push it all the way to the purse. I used size 6 seed beads. Could have probably gone a little bigger. Next time. Thinking my little girl might like a rainbow beaded blanket stitch.

So that's it. Just having fun exploring and playing with what materials I use on the Coin Purse Dies. Good playtime.

Thanks for stopping by.

Papertrey Ink Supplies
Coin Purse Dies, Seasonal Stitches: Butterfly, Seasonal Stitches: Birds


  1. Wow!! I need a purse like this!! ;-)

  2. So cute! Very nice of your neighbor and I'm sure she will love the purse! My first purse took me 2 1/2 hrs but I loved every minute of it. I wanted to post a pic today but my daughter put her lip gloss in and ran off to school with it! Lol!
    Beautiful blanket bead stitch!
    I have a question...what kind of thread are you using? I used 3 strands of DMC floss but curious as to what you use! Thanks!

  3. Love your new coin purse die Erin. I've been playing around with it every day since I've received it. It's my favorite die so far...

  4. Hi Erin! Love your new coin purse dies! I just made my very first one and it was easier than I thought, (whew!) Check it out if you have a chance:

  5. I am in love with the coin purse die!!! I have completed two. I have 6 more all cut and ready to sew. I plan to make 3 more next week as soon as I get more felt. You MUST make more stitching die patterns for them. I bought the butterfly and have been having so much fun creating them using different colors of the felt. You should create a FaceBook page dedicated to samples of your coin purse die.

  6. Erin, this is so cute! Such a lovely gift for your very kind neighbor.