Sewing with Crochet – Tips on How to Sew Crochet Together

Hi I’m Donna Wolfe from Today I’ll show you some tips for sewing with crochet. You are probably familiar with the metal
bent-nose needle and blunt tip needles for sewing. But I would like to show you
this Knitters’ Pride yarn needle that has a piece of fishing wire at the end. Makes
it easy to thread the needle with yarn. And then this Susan Bates flexible yarn
needle opens up in the center so you can easily insert the yarn. Let’s start off with talking about crocheting in the round. Most of the time we’re told to
slip stitch to the initial chain to finish it off. The problem is that
creates this triangular bump looking thing at that point. To eliminate that
I’ll show you a trick. Remove that slip stitch so you are at your last double
crochet and then just cut the yarn and pull it through. Thread your needle and
then with the needle go under the both loops of the top chain. And then insert
the needle through the back loop and back bump of that top of the previous
double crochet. Now your circle is nice and smooth. When weaving in ends, whether with a circle or with a rectangle I like to use
a thinner blunt needle. Turn the piece over and begin taking small stitches to
weave in the ends. And try to pierce the yarn when you do this. Don’t just go
underneath all of the stitches. Try to go in between the twists of the yarn. This
creates additional friction and helps prevent the ends from coming undone. Pierce and pierce the yarn, and pull through. Cut the yarn and you are done. When sewing two pieces of crochet together
along their nice top edge, I like to leave a good 18-inch strand before I
finish off the crocheting. This will be used for sewing. I place my work flat so I don’t get any bumpy seams. I like to use a version of
the mattress stitch to stitch the pieces together. First I’ll show how to sew a
stretchy seam. This works nice for items you want to have a little stretch to
like cowls or hats. I am lacing up the top of the stitches,
and I’m going under only one loop not both loops. And pull through. Then go to the next
side. In each case I’m entering the stitch from underneath then pushing the
needle upwards. Pull through and do the other one. Now in this case I’m going
under both loops to create a more solid seam. This is for blankets or handbags or
slippers. You don’t really want this seam to stretch very much so going under both
loops will help with that. As before I’m going under and through. Then on the
other side going under and through. Continue this for the length of the seam. Then be sure to weave in ends securely by piercing the yarn strands. You can see
how the first several stitches create a stretchy seam and the next several
stitches are a more solid seam. Now I’ll show you how to sew the rough edges of
crochet together. I like to use longer safety pins to line up the rows and hold
the pieces together. The best way to line up rows of rough edges is to turn them
to the side. You can kind of see where the stitches line up better this way. You
can see the little bumpy stitches on the end and match them up. Use your safety
pin to secure the pieces together at this point and then another safety pin a
few inches away from the first one. Open up the work and place it flat on the
table. I’m going to do this version of the mattress stitch again going back and
forth from side to side lacing up the work. With the rough edges of crochet
it’s not always an exact science of where to put your needle. I like to pick
up usually one or two strands of some part of the stitch along each edge. It
might be a side of a stitch or the top of one or the bottom of one. Sometimes
it’s the turning chain. The safety pins will help you keep the rows straight so
that you sew as evenly as possible. While I’ve been showing you invisible seam
examples sometimes you do want the seam to show. It’s nice to use a contrasting
color to sew granny squares together. This is called the whip stitch. You’ll
start on one corner with your yarn. And I like to temporarily tie it
until I’m ready to weave in the ends. With this stitch on the one side I’m
entering from the top downward and on the other side I’m entering from the
bottom upwards. It doesn’t really matter which side goes in which direction as
long as you stay in a consistent manner. Take out that temporary knot and use it
to weave in the end securely along the back. Now in this button example I’m
going to use my Susan Bates needle. With buttons I like to use about 15
inches of yarn and leave just about 3 or 4 inches hanging in the back. Then I finish sewing my button usually
in a criss-cross format. Once completed I turn it over to its
back and tie a knot. Then I tie another knot and maybe one more knot. I then take some clear nail polish and just add a little dot of it to the knot to secure
it and help prevent it from coming unraveled. Let it dry first then cut off
the ends. And those are some of my tips and tricks for sewing with crochet.