Yesterday it was tea cake and today it's a tea towel! This crochet project came to me out of nowhere. Usually I have to doodle on the side of my notes for weeks, just waiting for a new idea. This time around I was hit with it like *bam* while my mom and I were just hanging around the kitchen on Friday. I was looking at this tea towel hanging from the cabinet and suddenly remembered that beautiful embroidered fabric with the crochet edge
I posted about a few weeks ago. Eureka! I couldn't wait to add a little crochet to an already adorable tea towel. Although, I think it looks ten times cuter with the scalloped, crochet edge!
- Tea towel
- Crochet hook
- Sewing needle
- Tapestry needle
First I marked off pencil dots across the bottom of the towel, each one inch apart. Then I used a regular sewing needle to pierce the fabric and a tapestry needle to make the hole a little bigger to fit the crochet hook.
After I finished making the holes I tried to use the same method of adding crochet to fabric as in my paper crochet edge tutorial
. That didn't work so well because it was too tight and it squished and warped the edge. I started looking around the internet and found this great crochet pillowcase project from You Go Girl
. Instead of simply crocheting directly onto the fabric, she starts with a blanket stitch (photographed above) using the yarn and tapestry needle. This gave the crochet edge a stable starting point. I used my own variation of the stitch for this project.
- Use a separate length of yarn that is long enough for the tea towel edge
- Make a knot at one end and bring the yarn through the first hole
- (For the corners, repeat the following steps twice)
- Bring the yarn up through the hole and up again through the loop behind it
- Continue all the way across and secure
Next I added the crochet edge pattern:
- Join the yarn with a slip stitch to the blanket stitch base
- In the same space, add 1 single crochet, 2 double crochet, 1 single crochet and end with a slip stich
- Continue this pattern in each space to the end of the tea towel
- Sew in the loose ends with the tapestry needle and use the scissors to snip off the excess!
I really love how this turned out! It is such a simple project and another great way to use up little bits of yarn to make something look extra special. I can't wait to give a few of my other tea towels a new crochet look.
I've said this once and I'll say it again....when I start adding yarn to really weird things like...a desk in a classroom maybe...somebody needs to stop me! Wait... ;-)
I always have my eyes open for my next project. Who knows what my next yarn-covered victim will be!