If you can crochet, you can create a variety of craft projects, from wearables to home decor items and household goods. One aspect of crochet that makes it an ideal craft for home decor and clothing items is that you can use crochet to embellish or create an edging on an existing item. Use crochet to make decorative edgings for shirts, pillowcases, tablecloths, baby blankets, and much more. All you have to do is create a blanket stitch edging on the item and then crochet into the blanket stitch.
Things You'll Need
- Crochet thread or embroidery floss
- Crochet hook
Thread a needle using crochet thread, embroidery floss, or another thick thread. Knot the end of the thread and pull the needle up through the fabric from the back to the front, 3/8 of an inch (1 cm) from the edge of the fabric.
Insert the needle 3/8 of an inch to the right from the top to the bottom of the fabric and start to pull it through. Before the loop pulls all the way through, bring the needle up from the back of the fabric around the edge and pull it through the center of the loop. Now pull the loop tightly through. What you should have now is a stitch that resembles an upside-down "U" shape on the edge of your fabric.
Repeat step two all the way around the border or edge of the fabric, pushing the needle into the fabric every 3/8 of an inch around and pulling the needle through the loop to make your blanket stitch. Fasten off when you get back to the beginning by tying another knot in the thread on the back side of the fabric.
Crochet into the blanket stitching. You will treat the blanket stitching like a chain base, and insert your hook into the looped edge of each blanket stitch to make your crochet stitches. Attach your yarn to one blanket stitch using a slip stitch, and then make a border of whatever stitches you choose. Finish off and weave in the ends as you normally would.
Tips & Warnings
- If you want to use thread crochet for your edging, follow the directions above. If you would like to crochet with thicker yarn, try using a large-eye blunt needle and the yarn you wish to use for your crochet in order to make your blanket stitch edging.
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