Now that you have the motifs of your project crocheted, bloqued and the ends are woven in, you are ready to start joining them together!
There are many ways to join motifs of crochet fabric together, but the Locking Mattress Stitch is the most secure of all the hand-sewn seams you can use; and because the Locking Mattress Stitch uses only one loop from each side of the motifs you are sewing together, the result is a nearly invisible join with a flat seam.
It’s important to maintain the tension in your stitches to have a good drape of your fabric. If you make your seam too tight the fabric will mass and bunch up, and if you make it too loose the seam will have gaps. It’s always a good idea to check your seams as you are making them, to ensure that you are keeping this tension correct. Don’t be afraid to take out a few stitches of your seam if you need to adjust it. Just take your time and enjoy the process.
To make this hand-sewn seam you will need a tapestry needle and a length of the same yarn you crocheted the outside part of the motifs with.
1. Cut a length of yarn that is approximately twice as long as the desired seam. Hold the two pieces with right sides facing. You will be working under only the outside loops of the stitches.
2. Insert the needle from down to up through the first stitch of the motif that is closest to you.
3. Insert the needle from down to up through the first stitch of the motif that is farthest from you.
4. Insert the needle from up to down in the next stitch of the motif that is farthest from you.
5. Insert the needle from up to down in the stitch previously sewn on the motif that is closest to you.
6. Draw the yarn all the way through, but do not pull it overly tight.
7. Insert the needle from down to up in the next stitch of the motif that is closest to you.
8. Insert the needle from down to up in the stitch previously sewn on the motif that is farthest from you.
9. Continue in this manner until you reach the end of the seam. Let’s open it up and take a look to see how the seam looks on the right side of the fabric to make sure all is nice and flat.
10. When you reach a chain space, sew into the chain stitches in the same manner as the other stitches.
11. Work all of the vertical seams first, and the horizontal seams next.
Using the Locking Mattress stitch provides a nearly invisible join!
I hope this step by step photo tutorial helps you to make beautiful and secure seams into your projects to enjoy the results for years to come.
It is worth taking the time to make a beautiful seam. My Annie Blanket is made using the Locking Mattress Stitch technique and I’m in LOVE how soft it feels and how beautifully it looks like.