Amazingly, not many people are aware they can combine crochet and fabrics to make blankets, tops, table cloths and other things. It's fine you don't have thank us, just keep subscribing. One of the reasons people have opted to combine crochet and fabrics is because there is a certain kind of stability and foundation which a well executed crochet border can be stitched on. Both crochet and fabrics complement each other superbly and if combined properly, they can be really beautiful. Here are4 easy tips of how to crochet into fabrics.
- SET A FOUNDATION
It can be a bit tempting once you have an idea of the design in mind, to start crochet right on the fabric. Regardless of the pre-cut fabric you want to use or the quilt you want to make which will require charm packs, you need to lay a foundation on which the crochet will be woven on the fabric. Start by working a base round or a row first around the chosen fabrics, this will stabilize the edge and create appealing surface to work your magic.
- TEST THE FABRIC
In trying to crochet into a fabric, experimentation is key. Picture yourself as a scientist, trying to see what formula works best but instead of a formula you are fiddling with different fabrics. Methods for stitching vary in the different pre-cut fabrics, for example lightweight commercial fabrics, you will need to trim the selvedges first, fold and then press a narrow single or double hem before you can start crochet into the fabric. Hence, it is important to know the calibre of fabrics you are working with, kind of like watching a series trailer on Netflix before binge watching the seasons 1 - 4.
- PREWASH YOUR FABRICS
In a bid to getting acquainted with your fabrics, you needed prewash and press them to ease the process. This procedure is especially helpful as it creates a finished piece for you making your creative ideas seamless.
- CREATE AN "X"
This title is not a prelude to some horror movie, but it is a very important tip when crocheting into a fabric. Use two pins to put the fabric to the crochet by creating an "X",this will cause them to stick together.
It is important to me familiar with the kind of fabrics you want to use whether it is the jelly rolls for the rug or the fat quarter bundles for the quilt. Understand the different techniques of using these materials. Finally have a vision in mind,let the creative juices flow and create magic with your fingers while enjoying one of your favorite series on Netflix.