Sunflower Crochet Towel Topper free pattern

Jul 8, 2020 | Crochet patterns

The Sunflower Crochet Towel Topper is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!

Sunflower Towel Topper crochet pattern hang on ladder

My obsession with this style of towel topper started with my Gnome Towel Topper last Christmas. I made it with a plastic ring that is crocheted directly into the towel topper which allows the towel to be removable for easy cleaning – a big win! I love towel toppers but I do not love how they get worn so quickly with washing. I originally purchased my rings through Amazon but since you guys are all so amazing and some had trouble getting those particular rings you found that using inexpensive plastic shower curtain rings worked really well.

And since my love of sunflowers should be well known by now, I thought a sunflower towel topper would be fantastic. Sunflowers are so bright, beautiful, cheerful & gorgeous – the perfect way to brighten up your kitchen this summer!

Sunflower Towel Topper crochet pattern flat

The towel topper is made with two panels – a front and back. The back panel has the plastic ring crocheted into it and then the two panels are slip stitched together. A hanging tab is added to the back of the topper so you can hang it easily from your stove or kitchen cabinet. Are you interested in completing the look of your towel topper with the same gorgeous towel I used for my photos – you can find it on Amazon!

These are really easy and work up quickly – you could make a lot of these for gifts or they would be perfect for craft shows, too! These bright colorful beauties would certainly be eye-catching and who can resist a sunflower anyway? They always make me smile. ?

I made my towel topper with Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton!* which is a #4 medium worsted weight cotton yarn but you could certainly use acrylic as well.

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The only stitches you need in your crochet arsenal for this pattern are sc, hdc, double and treble. The main body of the panels are made with single crochet stitches and the petals of the sunflower use a combination of hdc, dc & treble to create each petal.

I will also be releasing a Sunflower Coaster & Sunflower potholder in the next few days to the blog as free patterns! If you purchase the ad-free PDF you will get all 3 patterns for one price!

I have two video tutorials which will help you with all three of these patterns – the How to Crochet a Perfect Circle Tutorial as well as a tutorial which will show you how to crochet the petals of the sunflower. You can find the sunflower petal tutorial below.   Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video.

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You may also like the following free patterns at Nana’s Crafty Home:

  1. Gnome Towel Topper
  2. Heart Towel Topper
  3. Gathering Rosebuds Bag
Sunflower Towel Topper crochet pattern flat

Sunflower Towel Topper free crochet pattern

Pattern written in US crochet terminology 


I Love This Cotton! Brown .7 oz / 40 yds (Color A)
I Love This Cotton! Curry .5 oz / 26 yds (Color B)

Size H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook

1 – 3” plastic ring
1 – 3/4″ button
Embroidery floss for sewing on button
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Markers

Approximate finished size:  7” round (not including towel)

Gauge: 4” = 9 rounds of sc


WS = wrong side
RS = right side
MC = magic circle
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
sk = skip
FLO = front loop only
tr = treble

Notes about pattern:

  • Worked in seamless rounds – do not sl st join at the end of each round, use a stitch marker in 1st st of each round and move up to keep track of rounds.
  • Towel topper is worked in two panels which are then sewn together at the end.
  • Plastic ring is crocheted over while working back panel of sunflower.

Suggested Tutorial:

How to make a Perfectly round crochet circle

Sunflower Front Panel

Round 1:  (RS) With Color A, make a MC, ch 1, 6 sc in MC.  (6)

Round 2:  2 sc in each st.  (12)

Round 3:  *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st,* repeat between * * to end. (18)

Round 4:  1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat between * * to last st, 1 sc in last st.  (24)

Round 5:  *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 3 st,* repeat between * * to end. (30)

Round 6:  1 sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat between * * to last 2 st, 1 sc in last 2 st.  (36)

Round 7:  *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 5 st,* repeat between * * to end.  (42)

Round 8:  1 sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat between * * to last 3 st, 1 sc in last 3 st.  (48)

Round 9: *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 7 st,* repeat between * * to end.  (54)

Fasten off Color A

Round 10:  (working in FLO), with Color B, *ch 7, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next 2 chs, 1 tr in next ch, sk next 3 st, sl st in next st,* repeat between * * to end (2 st will remain unworked).  

Sunflower Towel Topper petal instructions

Round 11:  repeat round 10, sl st to 1st st.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Sunflower Back Panel

Round 1 – 5:  repeat rounds 1 – 5 of Sunflower Front Panel.

Round 6:  repeat round 6 of Sunflower Front Panel, except work the first 5 stitches over the plastic ring. Note:  keep ring to WS of panel.

Sunflower Towel Topper Ring process instructions
Sunflower Towel Topper Ring process instructions part 2

Round 7 – 9:  repeat rounds 7 – 9 of Sunflower Front Panel.  At end of round 9, sl st to 1st st.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

With WS of panels facing (ring to inside and at top of towel), use stitch markers to count 37 st from one side of sunflower to the other.  Attach front and back panels together with stitch markers through unused back loop of front panel.  With Color A, attach yarn at 1st stitch marker, sl st in each st through both front and back panels to next stitch marker.  (37 st) Note:  if the towel you plan to use is somewhat thick you may want to sl st 32 – 35 stitches instead.  Less than that may cause the topper to not hang properly.

Sunflower Towel Topper Ring process instructions part 3
Sunflower Towel Topper Ring process instructions part 4

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Hanging Tab

Row 1:  With Color A (leaving a long tail for sewing), ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch, turn. (4)

Row 2 – 20:  ch 1, sc in each st, turn.  (4)

Row 21 (button hole row):  ch 1, sc in 1st st, ch 2, sk next 2 st, sc in last st. (2 st + 2 ch) 

Row 22:  ch 1, sc in 1st st, 2 sc in ch 2 sp, 1 sc in last st.

Fasten off.  Weave in end.

With embroidery thread, sew button to non-button hole end of tab.

Sunflower Towel Topper Ring process instructions tab placement

With long tail left for sewing, sew button side of tab approximately 1” from bottom of RS of back panel securely by sewing along tab on both sides approximately 3” from bottom of tab.  See diagram below.  Weave in end.

Sunflower Towel Topper Ring process instructions graph tab placement
Sunflower Towel Topper Free Crochet Pattern Pinterest Collage
sunflower towel crochet pattern


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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!