Some of the most comforting things in life are the simplest things, such as a cup of hot coffee on a blustery day or sitting by a warm fire. A crochet blanket is akin to such things; it offers you comfort, warmth and the affection and care of the person who made it. If you are making such a blanket or have one in your home, adding fabric is one way to further personalize it. However, you must do so strategically as crocheted blankets are inherently full of holes and spaces which can make sewing a little tricky.
Things You'll Need:
- Measuring Tape
Select a type of fabric for the edging of the crocheted blanket. Ideally, you should choose something that is soft and enhances the experience of cuddling up in the blanket. For example, flannel or fleece are wise choices.
Measure each side of the blanket and cut four 3-inch strips of your chosen fabric that correspond to the length of each side.
Take a strip of fabric and locate which side it corresponds to. Wrap this strip of fabric around the side's edge. Fold a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch hem along each side of the fabric strip and pin it in place. Repeat with the remaining three sides.
Thread a needle with matching thread. Sew the fabric edging in place making tiny stitches that are close together, trying to place the needle through the yarn as often as possible. Repeat this process with the remaining pieces of fabric.
In the final step, you can also use a sewing machine set to a zig-zag stitch.
- "Creating Crochet Fabric: Experimenting with Hook, Yarn & Stitch"; Dora Ohrenstein; 2010
Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."