Complete a crocheted afghan, giving it a professional look with a soft lining and satin binding. If you are giving the afghan as a gift, adding these touches may make it even more special. Rather than sewing the lining and binding onto the afghan as soon as you finish crocheting, take the time to block the afghan so it lies straight. To complete this process, you should be familiar with blocking and sewing by machine. You also need to be comfortable working with satin and creating mitered corners.
Things You'll Need
Soft fabric – Velux or a Minky fabric
Long straight pins
Tub full of lukewarm water
4 clean bath towels
Block the completed afghan if you used a yarn made of natural fiber such as cotton or wool. See the Tips for the process.
Measure the afghan on all four sides with a tape measure. Measure and cut out the backing fabric, adding an additional inch on all four sides. Carefully pin the cut backing fabric to the afghan.
Thread the sewing machine with a sewing thread of a matching color. Sew the backing to the afghan.
Add up the lengths of all four sides of the afghan. Use this number, plus 2 inches, to determine how long the satin binding should be. Pin the binding to the afghan binding, positioning the end of the backing to one edge of the afghan. Carefully pin the binding to the backing, making sure you are pinning it on straight. Turn the ends under 1 inch, creating hems.
Miter the corners by sewing the binding to the corner of the backing. Remove the afghan from the sewing machine and cut the threads, not the binding. Fold the binding, forming a pleat on the binding. Pin both the top and bottom.
Slide the afghan corner back under the sewing machine needle and resume sewing. Repeat for the remaining three corners. Backstitch at the mitered corners so the sewing holds. Take the completed afghan off of the sewing machine and cut the threads as close as possible to the stitching.
Run lukewarm water into the tub and add one capful of detergent to the water. Immerse the completed afghan and gently swish it around in the water, working the suds into the fabric. Do not agitate the fabric or you will begin felting it. Allow the afghan to soak in the water for up to 10 minutes. Let the soapy water out of the tub and fill it with clean, cool water. Squeeze the suds out of the afghan, then let the rinse water out. Refill the tub with cool water one more time and finish gently rinsing the afghan. Take the afghan out of the water and gently squeeze the excess water out. Lay two clean bath towels on a hard, flat surface and lay the afghan flat on top of the towels. Spread the afghan out in the shape you desire. Roll the afghan jelly-roll style into the towels and squeeze firmly with both hands to squeeze as much water out as possible. Lay two dry bath towels on a hard, flat surface and spread the afghan on top of the towels. Gently pull the afghan at opposite ends. Begin pulling and pushing the afghan into the shape you want it to take – work from the center out to the edges. After you have gotten the afghan into the shape you want, pin the edges with the straight pins. Leave it to dry completely. Minky fabric is a micro-fiber fabric.
Do not allow pets or children to get on top of the blocked afghan.