Sewing Lessons for Knitting and Crochet Enthusiasts

It’s helpful for knitters and crocheters to understand basic sewing techniques. Perhaps you’ve crocheted a bunch of granny squares, and you want to stitch them together to create a blanket. Maybe you’ve knitted a beautiful tote bag, but it isn’t as practical as you’d like because you don’t know how to sew a lining for it. There’ll likely be times you need to know how to ease a knitted sleeve into your latest sweater or stitch the side seams in a baby hat you’re crocheting — and sewing skills are helpful to have when these tasks arise.

Free Video Sewing Classes for Everyone

This month, Creative Live is offering some of their sewing classes for free. You’d ordinarily have to pay a bundle for all these classes — so if you’d be interested in learning some new sewing techniques you’ll want to head over there and sign up ASAP.

Crochetterie: A Beginner-Friendly Craft Book That Teaches You Both Crochet and Sewing Techniques

When it comes to combining sewing and crochet projects, Molla Mills is an expert. Molla stitches up designer-quality crochet bags with leather details, fabric linings and other distinctive details. If you’d like to learn her secrets for how to do this, you’ll want to check out her brand new book called Crochetterie: Cool Contemporary Crochet for the Creatively Minded:

Free Sewing Tutorials for Knitters and Crocheters

You can learn how to sew fabric strips together to make rag balls. The rag balls are excellent substitutes for yarn; use them to crochet rugs, purses and tote bags, placemats, trivets and more.
You can learn how to sew fabric strips together to make rag balls. The rag balls are excellent substitutes for yarn; use them to crochet rugs, purses and tote bags, placemats, trivets and more.

If you want to finish your knitting or crochet projects flawlessly, here are some free sewing instructions you can use for that purpose.

  • Free Lining Tutorial — Learn how to sew a lining for a crocheted or knitted pouch or bag.
  • Free Whip Stitch Sewing Tutorial — Whip stitch is one of my favorite methods for joining granny squares and sewing seams on crocheted pieces. Here’s a step-by-step whip stitch tutorial with photos.
  • Side Seams Sewing Tutorial — This tutorial shows you how to sew the side seams on a pair of simple crocheted fingerless gloves. You can use the same basic method on other projects like hats and sweaters too.
  • How to Make a Rag Ball — Learn how to sew fabric strips together to create rag balls you can use instead of yarn for fabric crochet and fabric knitting.

Special Finishing Touches: Fringes, Trims and Edgings

Exquisite finishing touches can make a big difference in distinguishing handcrafted items from their machine-made counterparts.

Fringe is a particularly luxurious finishing touch. It utilizes a great deal of material, and it takes time to maintain it well, so it isn’t for everyone — but if you are able to deal with those challenges, the results can be stunning.

There are a variety of ways to make fringe. If you’d like to finish off a knitting project, crochet project or other craft project using fringe, check out these free fringe patterns, instructions and tutorials, posted at freecrafts.info. You’ll find bunches of different ideas to inspire you, including knit and crochet fringe plus fringes made in other craft techniques — suede fringe, beaded fringe and more.

Dress Up These Knitting or Crochet Projects With Fringe:

  • Scarves: Instead of weaving in your loose ends, incorporate them into knotted tassels or fringe. It’s a time-saver, plus it’s an eye-catching finishing touch.
  • Throws, Blankets and Afghans: It’s even more of a time-saver when you finish off multicolored blankets and throws using fringe instead of weaving the ends in.
  • Ponchos, Wraps and Shawls: Many knitted and crocheted ponchos just beg to be finished with fringe. Some casual wraps and shawls do, too. The fringe could also go dressy if done carefully; in moderation, beaded fringe is an option for elegant evening shawls. You just have to keep it simple on the beading, since beads are heavy and you don’t want your wrap weighing you down when you’re out on the town.
  • Purses and Bags: Finishing the lower edge of a bag or purse with fringe gives it a whole different look than you’d have without it. This is an especially interesting option for seamed bags, but there are other options as well. You can easily create an area for anchoring fringe to an un-seamed bag by adding a line of surface crochet slip stitch in the spot you want your fringe to be; then you work the fringe into the ridge created by the slip stitches.

Trims, Edgings and Borders

Fringe isn’t for everyone; if you’re seeking a unique way to finish off a knitted or crocheted item, you might wish to find just the right border, edging or trim that will complement it and make it look extra special.


For Blankets and Afghans: Borders and edgings are popular finishing touches for blankets and afghans. For projects like these, you usually want to choose an edging or border that includes instructions for turning a corner. Here are a few suggestions for those:


For Towels, Sheets and Pillowcases: It’s lovely to finish off the lower edges of a towel with a pretty trim or edging. For sheets, I usually only trim one edge. For pillowcases, I usually trim only the outer opening. For these sorts of edgings, I prefer to choose an edging design that does not include a corner. Here are a few suggestions:


These aren’t the only projects that can benefit from edgings. If a project has an edge, you could probably add an edging to it. You could add pretty lace edgings to the lower edges of pants that need lengthening. You could dress up the edges of ankle socks with pretty lace trim. You could even add trim to certain simple open tote bags (ones that don’t close with zippers, so there are upper edges to work with.) I’m sure you know of many other examples where trim would enhance the project significantly.


The pictures above show you just a few of the free trim and edging patterns available online. To see many more possibilities, be sure to visit our page of free knit and crochet edging patterns.


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Revised and Updated Edging Pattern: Use It on More Than Just Towels

Crochet Edging Pattern for Use on Towels, Sheets, Linens and More
Crochet Edging Pattern for Use on Towels, Sheets, Linens and More

I originally designed this edging pattern to be used for finishing off a 14″ wide hand towel. Great, but what if your towels are slightly different sizes? Or what if you wanted to use that edging on bath towels? Or sheets and pillowcases? The way I originally wrote the pattern, you were outta luck — unless you either used the exact same size of towel, or messed around with your gauge in a hit-or-miss fashion, or wanted to do a whole. bunch. of. MATH! Yikes.

I knew that those things would be issues even as I was publishing the pattern, but I was on a tight schedule with deadlines for the site where the pattern was originally published. I didn’t have the time it would have taken to adequately expand and test the pattern then. Still, I had it in my head that at some point I would go back and revise the pattern to make it much more flexible and include many more options. Well, that time has come.

You can now use the pattern for finishing much more than just 14″ hand towels. You can now use it on any straight flat edge, and on some curved edges as well. The only thing I haven’t done yet: given it a corner, which would make it suitable for use on blankets and similar rectangular / square linens. I may get to that eventually, but for now, I hope you’ll enjoy the latest update.