Reverse edge crochet trim tutorial
Reverse edge crochet trim. I guess that’s what it would be called, right? It’s not facing out like crochet trims usually do, but in…hmmm, any suggestions for a “proper” name for this technique would be appreciated! Well, until a better name comes up, let’s call this reverse edge crochet trim. This tutorial will be quite long just so I can explain everything in detail…want to make sure even the first time crocheter can follow along! If you’re more experienced you can just skip ahead to the bottom where I’ve got the SHORT version. I have included step by step photos as well as short videos so it will be easy to follow along. I had to retake the videos so many times that my voice started cracking and my allergies are making me sound congested! Sorry! I don’t think I’ve ever talked this much to myself!
Ok, let’s start with the supplies you’ll need to make this crochet trim.
- See through ruler. You can use a quilting ruler or a grid ruler like you see below.
- Pen to mark where you’re going to stitch. I mentioned a couple of these pens on Instagram, but if you’re new here, starting from left to right,the navy blue one is a frixion pen, the white with a purple cap is an air dissolving pen, and the light blue is a water erasable marker. I used the purple cap pen that just disappears after a while. So if you’re slow, don’t use this one because all your markings will *poof* disappear overnight!
- Some embroidery needles I’ve had and I used the biggest one to stitch my straight line with the crochet thread.
- Small sharp scissors
- Crochet hook…now the size you need will depend on the size of your crochet thread
I found this crochet thread at Joann’s that just happened to go really well with my project which is the Hettie Hexie Mini, a pattern by Lauren of Molly and Mama . If you love hexies, this pattern is a must and super fun to make too! So, like I was saying, you need to match the size of your crochet thread with your crochet hook. See the little square with the crochet hook image? It says 1.5mm…and if you look closely on my yellow crochet hook, you’ll see that it says 1.5mm too. But I’ll be honest with you, I like to be a daredevil and stray from recommended hook sizes for different threads just to see the difference and to play around, so feel free to do the same!
Next, grab your ruler and your marking pen. Line up your ruler 1/4″ in from the edge.
And mark a little dot every 1/4″. So to reiterate, 1/4″ in from the edge, and dot every 1/4″ along the edge.
Next take your biggest needle ( as long as the eye can fit your thread you’re good!) and go ahead and thread it and make a little knot on one end. (see my little dots along the edge?) Let’s start with the BACKSTITCH!
STEP 1: Bring your needle up from the back to the front on the SECOND to last hole on the right side edge of your project.
STEP 2: Bring the needle down the LAST hole on your right and pull your thread through so it sits flat, but not so much that it will make it bunch up your project.
STEP 3: Come up through the THIRD hole from the right.
STEP4: And go back down in the SECOND hole from the right
And this is what it will look like. Repeat steps 1-4 and stitch around your whole project.
Once you’re done, this is what the front and back will look like. The front will have a nice smooth straight line of stitches and the back a straight line of overlapping stitches.
If you run out of thread in the middle of back stitching, just make a knot and secure it. Then continue stitching with a new piece of crochet thread.
If you want a more secure stitch to crochet onto, try a chain stitch instead of the back stitch. Don’t know how to make a chain stitch? Just watch the video below!
Ok, now we’re getting to the fun part of actually crocheting the cute scallop edge!
STEP 5: Take your crochet thread and make a slip knot.
Hold the tail with your thumb and 3rd finger while wrapping the thread around your index finger like below.
The end attached to the ball of thread should cross over the tail like this.
Next, insert your crochet hook under the thread like this.
And using the hook, pull the thread on top through the loop.
Make sure to hold onto the tail so you don’t pull the loop all the way through into a knot!
Tada, you’ve got a slip knot!
Pull the tail end a little bit so that your slip knot is snug around your hook.
STEP 6: Next insert your hook under the first back stitch of your project and make a slip stitch by pulling a loop of thread under the back stitch and through the loop on your hook.
Now your crochet thread is secured to the back stitch and you can start with the scallops.
STEP 7: Make two single crochet stitches (UK Double Crochet) in the same back stitch that you made the slip stitch. (which is the first back stitch)
STEP 8: Make four double crochet stitches (UK Treble Crochet) in the second back stitch
REPEAT STEPS 7-8 until you’ve gone all the way around your project and secure with a knot.
How the final trim will look with a back stitch as a base and a chain stitch as a base.
Well, I think this just about covers it! When you attach your binding make sure to use a zipper foot so that you can push up against the base of the crochet trim as you sew. This will make the crochet trim and the binding align really closely together, making your hard work look really pretty and polished!
And just in case, here is the SHORT version:
- Make sewing marks by measuring 1/4″ in from the edge and marking every 1/4″.
- Sew a backstitch, or a chain stitch. I used a back stitch.
- In the first chain stitch : slip stitch, 2 sc
- In the second chain stitch : 4 dc
- In the third chain stitch: 2 sc
- Repeat steps 4-5 around your project and finish off with a knot.
- Attach binding as you’d normally do, but make sure to use a zipper foot in order to be able to sew the binding on pushed up as close as possible to the crochet trim.
I hope this tutorial helps and if you have any questions, feel free to touch base with me on Instagram or shoot me an email! Happy crocheting!