How To Attach Crochet Applique To Crochet Blanket

If you want to know how to attach crochet applique to crochet blanket, we have three steps to teach you. You read that right! Only three steps and you can customize your crochet blanket with crochet applique. 

Do you want a clean finish on the applique? This step-by-step guide sews the applique to the blanket invisibly. And if you are out of crochet blanket ideas, why not try this easy heart blanket for beginners?

 

How To Attach Crochet Applique To Crochet Blanket

How To Attach Crochet Applique To Crochet Blanket Invisibly

 

Step 1. Decide on the placement of the applique

Spread out your crochet blanket and plan the placement of the crochet applique. It should be compatible with the applique’s size and shape to make it easier to attach. Then, prepare and thread your needle using a yarn with the same color as the applique or blanket. 

The finished applique placement will look neater and professional-looking if you use a yarn that will blend well with the crochet. Even if the stitches are hidden, some blankets might be two-sided. You’ll need to weave in the ends to conceal them, which will be easier if you use the right yarn color.  

 

Step 2. Sew the applique in place

Push the threaded needle through the blanket from the back to the front. Leave some part of the end for easier weaving before you work on the blanket front. Insert the needle on where you will put the applique. 

Select the stitch for the planned position and go through the loops behind the blanket. Work through the applique and flip it without pulling the yarn all the way through. You should find more loops behind the crochet applique for the yarn before going through the intended placement on the blanket. 

 

Step 3. Secure the applique and finish

As you’re going through the blanket, the direction should be from the front to the back and back to front. Remember only to use the loops at the back of the applique, so the stitches are hidden. Then, put the needle through the blanket from front to back and pull the loops you see upward. 

Continue sewing all over the applique so it will lay snugly to the blanket. Once done, weave the yarn ends at the back for a clean-looking finish.

 

How Do You Attach A Crochet Motif To Fabric?

A crochet motif is a stitch pattern that you’ll do over and over to end up with a larger design. An example is repeated granny squares to create different designs. You can also attach motifs to the fabric, but make sure to use a needle with a blunt end to avoid holes in the material. 

Pin the motif in place and add some fabric adhesive to secure it. Then, stitch around the motif to finish by sewing. You can make running stitches around the motif, but the secret is to use a thread that is twice its thickness. 

 

How To Attach Felt Applique To Crochet

Besides crochet applique, you can also use wool to make an applique for your crochet project. You only push a needle through the applique and into the crochet until it’s fully applied and secured. Work on different parts of the applique and sew several times to ensure that it will be durably attached. 

 

How to make felt appliques

  1. Prepare a mold with your desired shape for the felting wool
  2. You can also use a cookie cutter and fill it with felting wool loosely
  3. Poke through the wool using a felting needle repeatedly until it flattens
  4. Work at a consistent angle to avoid hitting the sides of the mold or damaging the felting needle itself
  5. After compressing the wool, flip the mold to the other side and repeat the process to flatten it as well
  6. Add more wool to areas that are too thin or have gaps 
  7. Once done, check the shape of the wool applique and clean up the edges

What Do You Do With Crochet Appliques?

Crochet appliques are fantastic additions to fabrics or even crocheted projects. Think of it as a decorative piece to customize or improve the pattern of different items. Children can also have fun doing and attaching the appliques themselves because some designs are relatively easy, like a granny square.

Are you thinking of other ways to decorate and personalize your items? Here is a guide on how to crochet letters in a blanket.

How To Attach Applique Without Sewing

You can attach a no-sew applique to your blanket or other items using interfacing and an iron. Place the interfacing’s rough side on the back of the fabric and iron it for a few seconds to lock it in place. Remove the paper backing and apply the applique onto the fabric side without interfacing.

Cover the fabric with a damp cloth and press the applique with iron for around 10 seconds. Check if the applique has adhered to all parts before removing the cloth. Finish by ironing everything. 

Conclusion

Are you out of new ways to personalize your crochet blanket? This three-step tutorial on how to attach crochet applique to crochet blanket is straightforward, and you can even make an applique yourself using wool. The main takeaway is to use the same color yarn to help conceal it much effectively when you weave in the ends. 

Then, sew all around the applique to secure it to the crochet blanket. If you also want simpler crochet designs, try making a crochet motif. 

 

how to machine quilt a baby blanket

How To Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket: Basic 3-Step DIY Guide

Babies love soft things. If you’re a quilter with a little one, it’s essential to know how to machine quilt a baby blanket for them to snuggle with.

You’ll need a sewing machine, quite a few fabrics, and some patience. If all goes well, your baby will bask in the comfort of a newly quilted blanket in no time.

 

How Do You Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket?

Whether it’s your first time quilting or you need a recap, you need to invest in different fabrics for all the blanket parts.

To start, you’ll need the main fabric that will serve as the centerpiece of the blanket. Regarding measurements, the average starting size for a baby blanket is 40 to 42 inches, so you need the fabric to measure around this range.

You’ll also want a fabric for the backing or reverse side. The material will serve as a good complement for the main design or pattern. Measurements around 1 and ¼ to 1 and ½ yards should suffice.

Next is a binding fabric. This material will help hold the blanket together. You’ll need around 1/3 to ½ yard of this.

You’ll also need batting. The purpose is to ensure the blanket is soft and comfy on the inside.

Forty-two inches is a suitable measurement. Remember, the quality depends on the material, so decide what kind of batting will suit the baby. Last but not least, you’ll need pins, of course.

You might be thinking of pre-washing the fabrics before you start the project. It’s a good idea, no doubt, but many high-quality fabrics are color-safe. You won’t have to worry about pre-washing too much.

 

Step #1: Sandwich the materials

Start with the backing fabric. You probably have already noticed that its size is slightly bigger than the main fabric.

The reason for this is you start machine quilting from the blanket’s top, and everything beneath can move a bit during the process. If your backing is bigger than everything else, it won’t come off smaller than the front by mistake.

Lay the backing flat on the floor. When it’s all smoothed out, place the batting in the center. Repeat this with the main fabric.

Make sure they’re all appropriately centered. You should be able to see all three layers of this “fabric sandwich.”

From here, you can use pins to keep them in place.

 

Step #2: Stitch the layers

At this point, you can now let the machine do the work. Stitching is also the part where you get creative.

It may seem like you’re just trying to stitch the three layers together at first glance. However, the beauty of quilting comes in here as you can decide how the stitches will look on the quilt. This kind of creative control is why there are many ways to stitch a quilt.

When you’ve finished stitching, you don’t stop there. Remember the binding fabric?

 

Step #3: Bind the quilt

Binding is a rather tricky task. With a bit of patience, you’ll get the whole blanket finished and looking good.

Cut out the binding fabric into strips that measure 2 and ½ inches x the width of the blanket. Sew all the strips together by the shorter sides. Fold the result in half and press it down.

You can start pinning the binding on the blanket starting from the middle of one side. Make sure to place the binding on the front side. Start gradually pinning the binding to the side of the blanket.

When you reach a corner, stick a pin and fold the binding 45 degrees opposite the adjacent side. Fold it back into itself so that it aligns with the adjoining side and stick another pin. You should see a triangular flap on the corner.

When you reach the starting point, take both ends of the strips and fold the ends down. Don’t forget to pin both folds down.

Make sure the two ends still meet. You may want to press this part with an iron to make the folds crease.

Cut off any excess to about ¼ inch from the folds. Take off the pins, match the strips’ right sides, fasten with a pin again, and sew a seam on the crease. Open the fold, press it down, refold it, and pin it back again.

Now you can start sewing the binding in place. Start sewing with a ¼ inch allowance, removing pins as you go.

When you get to the flaps, stop when you’re ¼ inch away. Rotate the blanket and make sure the flap is in the opposite direction. Sew the next seam by the edge of the last side.

Once you’ve finished sewing, fold the binding over to the back. At this point, you’ll have to sew it to the backing by hand.

There you have it! Once you see how the blanket has turned out, you can congratulate yourself for a job well done.

 

Conclusion

Quilting sure is challenging, but who doesn’t love a challenge? It’ll be worthwhile once the lucky recipient feels nice and cozy rolling around in it. Now that you know how to machine quilt a baby blanket, your little one will be in for a treat!

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