Tripping through YouTube I found videos by Bag O’Day Crochet and ended up making a cute Teacup alongside the video. She mentioned that instead of starching her cup, she sprays it with aerosol hairspray. It dried in no time. Intrigued, an experiment was born.
Crocheted cups, things to stretch or form them, a container, and hairspray - non-aerosol because allergies day so in our house.
Pour a small amount of hairspray into the container and then wad the crochet work into it.
Squeeze out any excess. Hand sanitizer gets the residue off hands very well.
Use forms to get a general shape.
They just need to sit like this until the teacups/crochet work is no longer excessively tacky.
Then finesse the shape while they dry which may take a couple of hours if the yarn is really absorbent.
Finally, have fun!
The cups are not hard feeling. They survived being played with and shoved in pockets very well. They can be washed and re-shaped repeatedly.
Unlike the regular starching, no mess was made and no overnight drying. So I’m calling this experiment a success!