Dresser scarves are traditionally used to protect delicate wood surfaces from scratches and other damage that might occur from items such as perfume bottles, powder tins and loose jewellery. They are a classic gift for a bride's trousseau and can brighten any basket assembled for a housewarming gift. Once you know how to crochet an edging for a dresser scarf, you can create one-of-a-kind items that will be heirlooms for generations to come and will be treasured by any gift recipient.
Items you will need
- Hemmed linen, cotton or lace fabric rectangle
- Crochet edging pattern
- Cotton crochet thread, size 10
- Steel crochet hook, size 6 or 7
- Sewing machine or needle and cotton sewing thread
Crochet several repeats of your chosen edging pattern. Measure the length of each repeat and the outside perimeter of the fabric rectangle to determine the number of repeats needed to edge your piece of fabric.
Measure the width of the edging pattern. Multiply this number by four and add it to the perimeter length to allow for mitered corners.
Complete the length of edging according to the chosen edging pattern. Clip the crochet thread, leaving a 3-inch length of thread and finish off, weaving the thread through the last row of stitches.
Pin the edging in place along the wrong side of the hemmed fabric, mitering the corners by folding them inward at a 45-degree angle, with the overlapping fabric appearing on the wrong side. Sew the mitered corners in place on the corners with a needle and sewing thread. Do not cut away the excess crochet work.
Sew the edging to the fabric, beginning at one corner. If using a sewing machine, use a straight hem stitch.
Tips & Warnings
- If the mitered corners do not lay flat, iron on a high heat setting using spray starch to flatten the fabric.
- If the crochet thread used is not colorfast, the edging should be washed before attaching it to the fabric.
- "The Complete Book of Crochet Border Designs"; Linda P. Schapper; 2008
- "Around the Corner Crochet Borders"; Edie Eckman; 2010
- Crochet Cabana: Borders
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