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 customise 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 in the UK?
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 colour as the applique or blanket.
The finished applique placement will look neater and professional-looking if you use a yarn 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 colour.
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 the front. Remember only to use the loops at the back of the applique, so the stitches hidden. Then, put the needle through the blanket from front to back and pull the circles you see upward.
Continue sewing all over the applique so it will lay snugly on 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 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 applique parts and sew several times to ensure that it will be durably attached.
How to make felt appliques
- Prepare a mould with your desired shape for the felting wool
- You can also use a cookie cutter and fill it with felting wool loosely
- Poke through the wool using a felting needle repeatedly until it flattens
- Work at a consistent angle to avoid hitting the sides of the mould or damaging the felting needle itself
- After compressing the wool, flip the mould to the other side and repeat the process to flatten it as well
- Add more wool to areas that are too thin or have gaps
- 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 customise or improve the pattern of different items. Children can also have fun doing and attaching the appliques themselves because some designs are relatively straightforward, like a granny square.
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.
Are you out of new ways to personalise your crochet blanket? This three-step tutorial on attaching 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 colour 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.