Here are a couple dozen free crochet patterns for making decorative trims, they are a lovely addition to pillowcases, baby burp cloths, receiving blankets, afghans, dish towels, kitchen linens…you name it!
These are a perfect way to tidy up the edges, straighten what isn’t “even” and help hide any imperfections. They can be made with both yarn and thread and can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.
First A Few Tips:
- For most projects, crochet edgings will look best if the base row (usually done in sc) is worked in the same color as the body of the piece. This helps hide any unevenness in the foundation of the border.
- Unless otherwise directed, use the hem or the selvedges of the main project for your first base row.
- Evenly spaced: Take your time and proceed with a critical eye when beginning the first round, keep things as evenly spaced as possible (tear out to start again if you have to). This will produce a very polished finished trim and the extra effort is worthwhile.
I’ll be adding more goodies to this page as I find them, enjoy!
Puffed Border: It’s a very forgiving stitch around the corners, so don’t stress too much. Has a demo available via video.
Cherry Blossom: Easy-peasy crochet pattern, but so delicate and precious. Perfect for that added touch on wedding, christening, even for baby clothes to add a bottom edge around the hem.
Princess: (webarchive link) Suitable pattern for baby blankets, satin ribbon can be woven through the eyelets or holes made along the bottom row.
Pretty Pillowcase Hem: Includes tutorial for working directly onto pillowcase hems, dainty scallops using (sc), (dc) and (ch).
Simple Design: Suitable edging for embellishing plain, tired clothing, this particular example dresses up a t-shirt. Stitches used: (ch) and (dc).
Easy Zig-Zag: Suitable for dish towels, kitchen linens and even burp cloths. Tutorial shows how to crochet directly onto a tea towel.
Lacey: Suitable for handkerchiefs, done in pearl cotton thread (double strand) or cotton lace thread.
Ruffled: Pretty, lacey, something not too elaborate or complicated but super feminine looking.
Peek-A-Boo: The result? A darling peek-a-boo trim/border in any color you like!
Straight & Simple: Sometimes all that’s needed is neat straight border (especially for “busy” projects).
Quick Note: For a tutorial on the basics of adding a border to your project (and some practical tips for best results), please see this tutorial at Heart Hook Home, I found it quite helpful.
This tutorial by Megmade With Love is also a good one to check out, it shows three different ways to finish off a blanket (including a simple blanket-stitch stitched with yarn).