crochet & fabric together, forever

Okay, if I haven’t mentioned it yet that most of my crafting energy these days is focused on accessorizing and dressing my daughter, let me do so now: I have not sewn something for myself in over two years. And my daughter is two years old, so do the math. BUT I did learn a new craft! Okay, it was mostly so I could make my aforementioned stylish daughter cozy things to wear in winter. Yes, I kept a crafty resolution. I learned to crochet. And it is awesome. For many reasons.

One: I have a good excuse to buy yarn now.
Two: I can make cozy things for my daughter.
Three: I get to hang out on Ravelry.
Four: crochet and fabric are so super lovely together…which means I get to buy fabric AND yarn.

I actually started with this combination in mind. My first project was a hat; my daughter wore it for about 15 seconds, but I don’t recall ever being prouder of something I’ve made. Hats and cowls and more hats followed, mostly from the book Crochet Boutique (a really, REALLY good book!). Once I had a good knowledge base (I recommend taking a class or sitting with someone who can show you the ropes), I took the leap and bought a pattern from one of my favorite crochet designers, Luz Patterns. And then…fell…hard…in love. blue crochet dress

Rest assured, there is nothing dainty, perfect, or tidy about sewing crocheted fabric to cotton fabric, but those stitches are good at hiding many things (including weird puckers). And my guiding principle when I craft for my daughter is that whatever it is, it will likely end up with sweet potatoes all over it…so I don’t fuss too much. And I think that’s key here.

Here are some links to a few of my favorite fabric and crochet combinations on Pinterest.

A simple, sweet tank dress

A little girl’s dress with granny square bodice

A bowl with fabric edging

Sweet fabric sachets with crochet edging

Crochet edging on a vintage fabric skirt

Crochet edging with rick rack

Take a look! I hope you find the combinations as inspiring as I do.