Two of my goals this year was to slow down and crochet more. It just so happens that those two goals can work hand in hand. Crocheting anything can sometimes take longer than your typical craft or project; it takes time and patience. Thus, crocheting was what I needed to help me slow down but still do something creative. Crocheting can be very therapeutic especially doing something as simple as a pillow. Follow along for my crochet pillow tutorial.
To add a bit more texture to the pillow, I stitch into the back loop only. It really makes rows of stitches pop out and looks really good. I really love how the pillow turned out, I’m just curious how long it will last around my kiddos :).
Crochet pillow tutorial supplies:
First, begin by measuring your pillow and making a chain the width of your pillow.
Row 1: half double crochet in each chain.
Row 2: (and until the end) Now your going to keep doing half double crochet but within the back loop only instead of through both loops like you would regularly do. You will then keep doing this for every row until you are finished. You want to keep repeating those rows until it can wrap around your pillow and overlap just a little (we’re going an envelope style pillow). If you suddenly wrap it around your pillow and find that the edges don’t match up, don’t worry! that happened to me but I wasn’t worried because crochet stitches are stretchy and when I sewed it up in the end, I was able to stretch easily of the pillow with now issues).
After you have finally finished crocheting all your rows and you find it over laps your pillow, you want to fold it in on itself (don’t do this on the pillow) and have it over lap just a little. See image below for a crude example of what you’ll do.
Now you’re going to get your yarn needle and thread it with left over pillow yarn and start stitching up the sides of the pillow using a whip stitch. It should blend in nicely with your crocheting.
Finally put it on your pillow form and your done!