How to Add a Pretty Crocheted Edge to a Tea Towel

6 Materials
45 Minutes

After being laid off from my job, I used to have lots of time to do crafty things. This crocheted edge tea towel is one of those things and I thought I'd show you what I did because its pretty easy, if you know how to crochet already that is. If not, crochet is so easy to learn. I learned as a kid. My sweet Mamaw taught me.

I was at Marshall's one day just browsing around when I spotted these adorable floral bunny tea towels! I thought they would look so cute with a crocheted trim on them, so that's where this idea came from!

I'm loving yellow and purple for my Spring decor this year so this towel fit right in to that color scheme!

Here's a close up of the tag that was on it. Maybe you can still find some for you, but if not, I'm sure there will be lots of cute ones out there to choose from!

You will need the following items:

Tea Towel

Yarn to match

Crochet Hook (I used size G)



Thread to match

This is the cotton yarn I picked up at Michael's, the color is country yellow. I used a size G crochet needle but you can use whatever size you like. The needle and yarn size will make a difference in how big or small your finished crochet work will be. You can find the yellow yarn as well as lots of other colors, on the Michael's web site for $1.99.

Now, I didn't snap pictures of me as I crocheted. That's extremely hard to do alone, but I have two links on my blog where you can see step by step how to create the shell stitch that I made here as well as others.

NOTE: Click here to go to my blog if you need to see step by step.

Here's what I did:

1. Make the chain which is the base of your shell trim. I chained 71 times. That's the length I needed to fit my towel which is 19" wide.

2. Make a single crochet stitch into the second chain stitch from your hook.

3. Skip the next two chain stitches, then make a double crochet stitch into the next chain stitch after that. Make four more double crochet stitches into the same chain stitch, for a total of five double crochet stitches in all.

4. Skip the next two chain stitches. Now make a single crochet stitch into the next chain stitch after the empty chains. Now you have your first crochet shell!

5. Repeat the following to finish your trim:

*Skip two chains

*Make five double crochets in the next chain stitch.

*Skip two chains

*Single crochet in the next chain

6. Repeat step 5 until the end of the row, ending with a single crochet in the final stitch. Tie it off. Now you can attach your finished trim to your tea towel by hand sewing it on using a whip stitch like you see me using in the picture above.

You'll notice that you can't see my hand stitching on the front side. I made sure that I just grabbed the bottom layer of the towel when I was stitching.

I only added the trim to one end. You can certainly add it to both ends, but I chose not to. One thing I will remind you of is, if your towel has a "right side up" design on it, make sure you add your trim to the correct end of your towel or like me, you may have your bunnies hanging upside down! I made this mistake and had to take the trim back off and reattach it the correct way. Ooooopsie!

Thanks for looking! :)

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  • Dee
    on Apr 5, 2020

    I have not crocheted in a long while. But I have lots of leftover yarn, and this would be a good way to use some of it up. I remember my grandmother did this on bath towels. Thanks for the memories, and your tea towels are beautiful.

    • DeeDee
      on Apr 6, 2020

      Hi Dee! You're very welcome, thank you so much for leaving a kind comment! :)

  • Anna Ibarra
    on May 8, 2020

    I love this loom. Wish I could crochet.

    • DeeDee
      on May 9, 2020

      Hi Anna! Thank you! It's really easy, try checking YouTube for a how to! :)

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