Best Crochet Pillow Patterns for 2023 (Free!)

Searching for free crochet pillow patterns? Look no further! This curated list features the cutest and best crochet cushions on the web.

When you’re a crafter, your creations slowly begin to cover every corner of your home. Not in a bad way though, just in a, “Thanks, I made it!” kind of way. Like, who wouldn’t want a home filled with crochet pillow covers, blankets, wall hangings and general yarny goodness? Sounds cozy AF to me!

I’m biased because I live in a home covered in crochet projects (and piles of hooks and loose yarn 😉), but everyone loves to be cozy. Except haters, of course.

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Crochet Pillows All Day

This collection of free crochet pillow patterns will help you speed up the cozy craft takeover. Soon, you’ll be like the pillow woman turning into her parents in the Progressive commercial.

But remember what I said about the haters? That poor woman had a couch full of cute pillows and Dr. Rick was like, “If you have nowhere to sit, you have too many.”

Nah bro, that’s not a thing. You can never have too many pillows. Especially crochet pillows!

Suck it, Dr. Rick

What Dr. Rick doesn’t realize is that you need extras because some pillows are for leaning/sleeping on and some are for hugging. It’s a rookie mistake that us crocheters would never make. We know you need at least three pillows per person for couch computing– one under each arm, and one on your lap to support the laptop.

Or is that just me? 😅

There are already four crochet pillow patterns on the You Should Craft blog, which should tell you all you need to know about me and pillows.

I love pillows. So much.

But don’t we all? Seriously — everyone needs a pillow! You, your dog, your mom, your mom’s dog… THE LIST GOES ON.

And since a basic pillow is just two squares sewn together, everyone (even beginners!) can crochet an easy pillow cover.

How to Crochet a Pillow

Before we get started, let’s take a moment to discuss some crochet pillow (or crochet cushion) basics, just in case you’re a pillow beginner.

Crochet Pillow Basics

First of all, pillows come in different shapes and sizes. The crochet pillow patterns featured below are all either square or rectangular, but there are also bolster pillows (basically a cylinder), round pillows. and even fun shapes like stars.

The less common your shape, the more likely you’ll need to use stuffing or create your own pillow insert. For standard sizes, you can buy ready-made pillow forms, which seriously simplify your pillow prep.

Typically, crochet pillows feature two sides, which are sewn, seamed, or crocheted together. Sometimes both sides are identical (like my Sunburst or Quilt Block pillows) and other times each side is unique (like my Loop Stitch or Daisy Granny Square pillows).

Finally, some crochet pillow patterns are designed to be permanent, while others are removable cushion covers (like the Loop Stitch Pillow, which features buttons on the back).

If you have pets or like to switch our your decor often, you should choose a removable pillow design, or add buttons or a zipper to the edge. Then you can easily swap out pillow covers or throw them in the wash.

Crochet Cushion Materials

Most of the crochet pillow patterns included on this list use:

You’ll also need standard notions like scissors, tapestry needles, and measuring tape. If you plan on making your cushion covers removable, you’ll want to pick up some buttons or zippers too.

Free Crochet Pillow Patterns

Now that we’ve covered pillow basics and materials, it’s time for the fun part: the free crochet pillow patterns!

The roundup below features all of the You Should Craft pillows, plus fifteen other crochet pillow patterns from some of the best designers on the interwebs. Many of the pillows below are easy, beginner-friendly crochet patterns.

You’ll find a mix of designers, crochet techniques (like Tunisian, c2c, and tapestry), colors, and textures to get you started. This is by no means an all-inclusive list of crochet cushion covers, but 19 cuties is more than enough to kick off your journey.

They’re all cute, modern crochet pillow patterns to help you decorate your home, bed, and couch, or your friends’ homes and couches. Most are standard crochet, but two are Tunisian crochet patterns.

Crochet Pillow Patterns from

To start, here’s a pile of the You Should Craft classic pillow patterns. The Sunburst Pillow was actually the first post I shared on this blog. Ahh, memories.

stack of three crochet pillows

From top to bottom, we’ve got:

More Crochet Pillow Patterns

collage of four free crochet pillow patterns

Clockwise, from top left:

Modern Crochet Pillow Patterns

These modern crochet pillow patterns play with texture and color to highlight simple stitches.

collage of four modern crocheted pillows

Clockwise, from top left:

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Holiday Crochet Pillow Patterns

Some people love love LOVE to decorate for the holidays. And other people are more like, “Um, can’t you see that snowman magnet on the fridge? I’m festive AF.”

Regardless of which category you fall into, these last four crochet pillow patterns are perfect. Swapping out a pillow or two is just about the easiest way to add some Halloween or Christmas spice to your living room.

But if you’re going ALL OUT, don’t forget the pillows! The Welcome Pillow is even double-sided, so it will fit in with both your fall and winter decorations. Dope.

image collage of four crocheted holiday pillows

Clockwise, from top left:

Aaaand that’s a wrap!

Now that you’ve seen 19 free crochet pillow patterns, it’s time to start crocheting your favorite one. Which will you go with?

More Free Crochet Pattern Roundups

If you’re looking for more free pattern round-ups, I’ve gotcha covered. Here are more from the blog:

Frequently Asked Questions

What crochet stitch is best for pillows?

There is no one best crochet stitch for pillows. If you want a simple crochet pillow pattern, try a classic, easy stitch like the single crochet or half double crochet. They create a solid fabric with minimal holes. Simple stitches allow you to play with color in stripes, patterns, or color blocking.

How do you crochet a simple pillow?

Lay down your pillow insert and crochet a chain that’s about as wide as the pillow. Crochet in rows until you have a rectangle that’s twice as long as the pillow insert. Fold the rectangle in half, sew up the sides, insert the pillow form, and sew up the top. Ta-da!

What yarn is best for crochet pillows?

Choose a durable, washable yarn like #4 worsted weight acrylic for your pillows. This is especially important if you have children or pets. Some of my favorites are Brava, Pound of Love, Red Heart Super Saver, Stylecraft Special, and Caron One Pound.

How much yarn do I need to crochet a pillow?

For a 16×16 inch crochet pillow, you’ll need between 500-600 yards of worsted weight yarn. Your yardage will vary based on the yarn, hook, and stitch you choose to use.