We all know how challenging it is to finish a knitted blanket, but do we know the challenges of how to line a knitted blanket? This article will shed light on attaching fabric to your knitted blankets, as well as knitting the perfect edge.
It will also talk about how to maintain the tidiness of your knitting project. So feed your curiosity and read on!
Steps On Hand Sewing A Knitted Blanket’s Lining
Step #1. Prepare the materials
The materials you would need are your knitted blanket, a tapestry needle, crochet thread, scissors, iron and ironing board, and pins. The pins are to secure your project if you want to put off finishing your project for a while.
Step #2. Measure the fabric, then pin it down
Lay your blanket and fabric on a flat surface with the right side down. Then, begin measuring your material by lining it with the inside of your knitted blanket’s border and fold it down.
Next, pin the fabric lining to your knitted blanket. Get it as precise and smooth as possible. After measuring it out, keep it pinned to itself and remove the pins from your knitted project.
Step #3. Iron the fabric and cut the excess
Iron your fabric thoroughly until all the creases have been pressed down. As you iron the blanket, cut off the excess fabric but keep about an inch or an inch and a half for your borders.
Step #4. Mitered corners
Create a mitered corner on all the corners of your fabric. For your reference, a mitered corner is when two sides are joined at a 45-degree angle. To do this, press the 1″ sides so at the corner you will have 1″ x1″ square.
Then, cut across the point where the 1″ x1″ square meets. After cutting the corner, fold the sides and then pin it.
Do this for all the corners. Afterward, continue pressing on it, then join it with your knitted blanket.
Step #5. Re-align and re-pin
This time, you’re going to re-align and re-pin your blanket and fabric together. The knitted material should have its right side facing down, then lay your fabric on top of it with the right side up. Afterward, realign and re-pin the fabric’s corners and edges to the inside of the borders of the material.
Step #6. Sew
First, thread your tapestry needle with a crochet thread that matches your knitted material. Then, double knot the end of your long side thread once it’s through the tapestry needle.
Keep it at only a few feet to prevent your yarn from tangling. Although this method involves re-threading your crochet thread into your tapestry needle, it would prevent you from stressing over your tangled yarn.
To sew the fabric onto the material, give yourself space to backtrack and do a backstitch. Tighten the thread, but do not overtighten it. Constantly check if your blanket and fabric are aligned.
Make sure that your cloth doesn’t bunch on the sides. To do this, grab the fabric and material on the center, then continue stitching.
Take the pins off only after you are done stitching that section. You’ll be done lining your knitted blanket after you’ve stitched the fabric onto it.
Sewing methods to attach fabric onto your knitted blanket
Attaching fabric to your knitted blanket is easy, especially if you know how to sew. You have to do a running stitch across the fabric to join it with the blanket, and you’re done. However, you can use more types of stitches to attach your cloth to your knitted material.
1. Overcast stitch
This kind of stitch connects the fabric while allowing the knits to stretch. This is also recognized as the whip stitch and is commonly used when lining bags.
2. Blind stitch
This stitch is more inconspicuous than the overcast stitch. However, it’s not as sturdy. Despite this, it is still an excellent method to line your knitting project, especially if you want an “invisible” stitch.
3. Blanket stitch
This stitch is more suited as a foundation stitch or a decoration on the edge of your knitted piece and the fabric lining.
Steps on how to knit the perfect edge
This part of the article will talk about how to maintain clean edges on your knitting projects. Here is one example of how you can prevent messy edges.
To get the braided sides of your knitting project, slip the first stitch of every row. To do this:
- Insert your right-hand needle over your left-hand needle. The tail of the yarn should also be in front.
- Slip that stitch off the needle without doing anything else to it.
- Bring the tail between the two stitches and the two needles, and continue knitting across the row.
Lining blankets may be easy to follow through, but they’re tedious. Despite this, you’ve pulled through, and you now know how to line a knitted blanket with fabric. Before starting your next project, pat yourself on the back first for doing an excellent job at lining your blanket!