Monday, December 6, 2010

How to starch crocheted things

Here is a lesson on how to starch crocheted small things.

Holidays are coming, one wants to amuse relatives with little crocheted trifles, that take a long time to make and warm up heart and soul.

But little crocheted things need to be starched to have completed look.

This lesson focuses on starching crocheted snowflakes.

First, crochet the snowflakes, hide thread ends and perform all minor finishing operations.

Now boil the starch. Snowflakes require density and strength, so we want high concentration of starch in the solution.

We will need

For starch solution
2.5 table tablespoons of starch (potato or corn)
1 cup cold water
3 cups boiling water

Clean fabric, preferably cotton white

In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Mix well.

Stirring continuously, add 3 cups on boiling water into starch solution. Mix well.

Stirring continuously, simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.

The solution is ready! Let it cool down to room temperature.

Meanwhile, prepare a piece of storyfoam and a piece of fabric (any color cotton fabric is ok as long as it does not lose color in water) and pins. Wrap the fabric around the storyfoam.

Once the starch solution cooled down to room temperature drop in your items and stir thoroughly to ensure good soaking.

Take items out one by one, squeeze lightly then spread out on a fabric covered foam and pin them.

Once dry slowly and carefully remove from the fabric, make sure not to damage. They are now ready for you final application, I will use my snowflakes in handmade postcards.

Happy holidays!


  1. супер!!! дякую за МК!!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. I've always wondered how to do this!

  3. Christmas is around the corner and I thought I'd crochet some snowflakes this year. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial and especially the clear photos! God bless :)