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 covered in crochet pillows and 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.
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!
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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 that 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.
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. (There are actually 19 pillow patterns on the list, but it felt icky to count myself four separate times.) Many of the pillows below are easy, beginner-friendly crochet patterns.
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 pillow patterns.
Crochet Pillow Basics
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.
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 may want to choose a removable pillow design, or add buttons or a zipper to the edge.
Crochet Cushion Materials
Most of the crochet pillow patterns included on this list use:
- Worsted weight acrylic yarn like Brava, Pound of Love, Red Heart Super Saver, Stylecraft Special, or Caron One Pound
- A mid-sized crochet hook (like 4.5 mm – 6.5 mm)
- A pillow form, either square (16×16, 18×18, 20×20 inches) or rectangular (12×20 inches)
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 pillow patterns! Below, 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 pillow journey.
To start, here’s a pile of the You Should Craft classics. From top to bottom, we’ve got:
- The Loop Stitch Pillow is a striped, removable pillow cover that uses the loop stitch to add texture and interest.
- My Sunburst Pillow is crocheted by seaming sunburst granny squares into two panels.
- You Should Craft’s Daisy Granny Square Pillow utilizes the join as you go method to join daisy granny squares. The back is a large, striped granny square in coordinating colors.
Clockwise, from top left:
- Loops and Love Crochet’s Happy Pillow is a tapestry crochet pillow featuring “HAPPY” in bright, rainbow letters on the front and horizontal stripes on the back. Aren’t those poms adorable?!
- The Hayfield Pillow by One Little Hook is a Tunisian crochet pillow featuring the straw stitch and super-bulky Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn.
- Herringbone Half Double Crochet Pillow by Grace and Yarn. This cushion pattern gives me sweet, boho vibes! Maybe it’s the combo of the bright solid and muted neutral-colored Dishie cotton yarn?
- The Paw Print Pillow by Jo to the World would make the perfect gift for the kitty and doggo lovers in your life.
Clockwise, from top left:
- Sigoni Macaroni’s Simple Geometric Throw Pillow uses modern color-blocking and tassels in classic, neutral colors.
- The Easy Ripple Pillow by TL Yarn Crafts is a Tunisian crochet pillow featuring the ripple stitch.
- My Quilt Block Pillow uses the corner-to-corner (c2c) method to crochet diagonal striped squares, which are joined in a bright diamond pattern (similar to quilts).
- The Burst of Sunshine Pillow by This Pixie Creates uses the bobble stitch to create a fun, modern texture.
Clockwise, from top left:
- The Interlocking Crochet Cushion Cover by Blue Star Designs uses interlocking crochet to create skinny stripes of white and blue.
- Tying an End’s Love Throw Pillow is an intarsia design that features the Japanese character for love.
- Hanjan Crochet’s Charleston Lace Pillow has a gorgeous, open lace pattern that radiates from the center of the cushion.
- The Love Sherpa Pillow from Nana’s Crafty Home pairs bulky weight yarn with boucle yarn to create a soft, fluffy corner-to-corner pillow.
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 pillows are perfect. Swapping out a pillow or two is just about the easiest way to add some Hallowwen or Christmas spice to your living room. But if you’re going ALL OUT, don’t forget the pillows! One is even double-sided, so it will fit in with both your fall and winter decorations. Dope.
Clockwise, from top left:
- The Mad About Boo Pillow from The Loopy Lamb is almost too cute to be scary, especially with the punny name. Can you think of a cuter Halloween pillow?!
- The Turtle Trunk’s Cozy Holiday Pillow was designed for Make and Do Crew and features a buffalo check background. The fluffy tree is crocheted using Lion Brand’s Go For Faux fur yarn.
- Cozy Nooks Designs’ Fall Welcome Pillow is actually a double-sided tapestry crochet pillow that can take you from fall to winter. The front spells “Welcome” with a pumpkin, and the back uses a snowflake.
- The Buffalo Check Crochet Pillow from Stitching Together has a red and black buffalo plaid background with a stag silhouette. It looks so winter-y!
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?
As I’ve been writing, I’ve thought about which one I want to crochet, and it’s a tough choice. There are so many considerations! Like do I want to practice my weak-sauce Tunisian crochet skills? Or stick with a technique I know? Christmas is coming up — do I want a cute holiday pillow? I already have four crochet pillows, should I make one as a gift?
Long story short, IDK which pillow will be on my hook next. Hopefully you’re not as indecisive as I am. 😂
If you’re looking for more pattern round-ups, I’ve gotchu covered. Here are a few more from the blog:
- 16 free crochet washcloths and dishcloths
- 16 free crochet earring patterns
- 16 free crochet pumpkin patterns
- 16 free crochet single crochet patterns
- 16 free half double crochet patterns
- 16 free double crochet patterns