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:
- 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 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 YouShouldCraft.com
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.
From top to bottom, we’ve got:
- Loop Stitch Pillow – a striped, removable pillow cover that uses the loop stitch to add loopy texture.
- Sunburst Pillow – crocheted by seaming sunburst granny squares into two panels.
- 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.
More Crochet Pillow Patterns
Clockwise, from top left:
- Happy Pillow | Loops and Love Crochet – This tapestry crochet pillow features “HAPPY” in bright, rainbow letters on the front and horizontal stripes on the back. Aren’t those poms adorable?!
- Hayfield Pillow | One Little Hook – A Tunisian crochet pillow featuring the straw stitch and super-bulky Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn.
- Herringbone Half Double Crochet Pillow | 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?
- Paw Print Pillow | Jo to the World – Wouldn’t this sweet paw print pillow make the perfect gift for the kitty and doggo lovers in your life?
Modern Crochet Pillow Patterns
These modern crochet pillow patterns play with texture and color to highlight simple stitches.
Clockwise, from top left:
- Simple Geometric Throw Pillow | Sigoni Macaroni – Sigoni used modern color-blocking and tassels in classic, neutral colors.
- Easy Ripple Pillow | TL Yarn Crafts – A lovely Tunisian crochet pillow featuring the ripple stitch.
- Quilt Block Pillow | You Should Craft – This pattern uses the corner-to-corner (c2c) method to make diagonal striped squares, which are joined in a bright diamond pattern (similar to quilts).
- Burst of Sunshine Pillow | This Pixie Creates – Isn’t the one-sided texture cute?! This Pixie Creates used the bobble stitch to create a fun, modern crochet pillow pattern.
Clockwise, from top left:
- Interlocking Crochet Cushion Cover | Blue Star Designs – Those skinny stripes of white and blue are created with interlocking crochet.
- Love Throw Pillow | Tying an End – Tae created an intarsia design that features the Japanese character for love.
- Charleston Lace Pillow | Hanjan Crochet – With a gorgeous, open lace pattern that radiates from the center of the cushion, this looks like a vintage crochet pillow.
- Love Sherpa Pillow | Nana’s Crafty Home – Tonya paired bulky weight yarn with boucle to create a soft, fluffy corner-to-corner pillow pattern.
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.
Clockwise, from top left:
- Mad About Boo Pillow | The Loopy Lamb – Ashley’s ghost pillow is almost too cute to be scary, especially with the punny name. Can you think of a cuter Halloween pillow?!
- Cozy Holiday Pillow | The Turtle Trunk for Make & Do Crew – The fluffy tree is crocheted using Lion Brand’s Go For Faux fur yarn and features a buffalo check background.
- Fall/Winter Welcome Pillow | Cozy Nooks Designs – This clever pillow is double-sided to take you from fall to winter. The front spells “Welcome” with a pumpkin, and the back uses a snowflake as the “O.”
- Buffalo Check Crochet Pillow | Stitching Together – It looks so winter-y with a stag silhouette on a red and black buffalo plaid background.
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:
- 16 free crochet washcloths and dishcloths
- 16 free crochet earring patterns
- 16 free crochet pumpkin patterns
- 16 free crochet coaster patterns
- 16 free crochet single crochet patterns
- 16 free half double crochet patterns
- 16 free double crochet patterns
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.