Mid Century Modern Orange Crochet Pillow Free Pattern

How to Crochet the Burst of Sunshine Pillow

Hi guys! If you’ve been following along on my blog, you may have noticed that I like making pillows. I can’t help it; once I start one design, I have a million ideas for more swirling around my head. Welcome to my third crochet pillow pattern designed to brighten up your home! This pillow is great for two reasons: it’s soft and comfy – I challenge you to rest your head on this pillow and NOT fall asleep – and the cover is removable, making it easy to clean. If you love the half double crochet stitch and have always wanted to try bobbles, this is the perfect project for you. Let’s get started!

Modern Crochet Pillow with Bobbles Free Pattern
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About this Pillow:

  • It is made in two pieces (front and back); sewn together on three sides; and a zipper is placed on the fourth side to make it removable for washing.
  • The front piece is designed using single crochet, half double crochet and the modified bobble stitch. The back piece is made of repeat rows of half double crochet.
  • This pattern is designed to fit an 18″ x 18″ pillow form.

Why Design Pillows?

World Market Bobble Stitch Duvet and Pillow Set

While I love designing pillows, I crochet with a purpose. A few months ago, my husband and I made our first big home decor purchase: we bought an area rug for our living room! It looks a lot more vibrant than in the picture here, and is filled with shades of orange, yellow, red, blue, and white. It’s colourful to say the least. Pulling some of the colours from the rug and placing them in other parts of the room has been tricky, so I figured, why not make pillows? I have about six 18″ x 18″ pillow forms, and a lot of yarn that needs to be used. So these pillow projects have been the perfect budget friendly project to add some colour, texture, and warmth to our living room. They were designed to be removable because we have two huskies who shed like crazy; for this reason, we need to constantly wash our pillows and blankets. Being able to remove pillow covers and toss them in the wash, without having to wash the ENTIRE pillow or make a trip to the dry cleaners, is such a blessing.

My inspiration for this pillow design came from a duvet and pillow cover set from Urban Outfitters. So pretty and so textured! For my pillow design, I wanted my stitches to be tight, so I used a 5.0mm crochet hook. When I started to make the bobble stitches, I noticed that they weren’t “popping” as much as I wanted them too. So, I modified the regular bobble stitch to make it more prominent.

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Burst of Sunshine Crochet Pillow Pinterest Pin

Materials:

  • *3 Skeins of Red Heart Soft Weight 4 Medium (100% acrylic, 256 yd/ 234m, 141g/ 5oz) in Cinnabar – Approx. 665 yds used in this project
  • *18″ x 18″ Pillow Insert (any sized pillow form can be used)
  • *5.0mm crochet hook
  • *Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • *16″ Zipper
  • Sewing Thread
  • Sewing Needle

My Mistake/Lesson Learned

This pillow was meant to removable, so I decided to add a zipper. I used a 7″ zipper on an 18″ x 18″ pillow form. Let’s just say that while the zipper works great, the pillow cover can no longer be removed through the tiny opening. Lesson learned! So if you have a zipper at home, make sure your it’s long enough before you sew it on; if it’s not, buy one that will fit your pillow cover. I would recommend using a zipper that is either the same size as the pillow form (18″) or 1 – 2″ shorter (16 – 17″). This will ensure that your pillow cover can be removed easily for each washing.

Pattern Measurements:

This pillow cover is designed to fit an 18″ x 18″ pillow form.

  • Front Panel: 18″ x 18″
  • Back Panel: 18″ x 18″
Modern Orange Bobble Crochet Pillow Pattern

The Modified Bobble Stitch

Normally, bobble stitches are made by double crocheting 5 stitches together (dc5tog). To make the bobble stitch more pronounced while using a smaller crochet hook, I triple crocheted 5 stitches together (tc5tog). The key to this stitch is making sure to yarn over twice before inserting your hook into the stitch!
I will walk you through the stitch below:

  • Step 1: Yarn over twice and insert your hook into the indicated stitch (A, B).
  • Step 2: Yarn over and draw up a loop (C).
Drawing up a Loop in Crochet
  • Step 3: Yarn over and pull through only two loops on your hook (D, E, F).
  • Repeat Steps 1 – 3, four more times. You should have 11 loops on your hook (H).
  • Yarn over and pull through all 11 loops on your hook (H, I, J).
  • Single crochet in the next stitch (K). And you’re done!
Single Crochet Orange Stitch

Let’s get started on our Burst of Sunshine pillow! This pillow cover is made using 2 pieces (1 front and 1 back panel) that are sewn together on three sides, and closed with a zipper on the fourth side.

Abbreviations:

  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Hk – hook
  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • mbob – modified bobble
  • [] – Repeat the instructions inside the brackets according to the number of times indicated after the brackets.

Gauge: Approximately 15 stitches x 11 rows in 4″ x 4″

You might be tempted to skip this step, but since the insert has to fit inside of our finished pillow cover, it is important that your gauge is accurate before you start crocheting.

  • Ch 17
  • Row 1: Hdc in 3rd chain from hook and in each stitch across. (15 hdc)
  • Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch across. (15 hdc)
  • Row 3 – 11: Repeat Row 2.
Orange Bobble Crochet Pillow Free Pattern

Pattern:

Notes:

  • The beginning chain of each row does not count as a stitch
  • [] Repeat the instructions inside the brackets according to the number of times indicated after the brackets. Ex. [mbob in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 10 times, means you will make a modified bobble stitch, followed by 5 single crochet stitches, and this will be done a total of 10 times before moving onto the next instructions.
  • Work the last stitch of each row in the beginning chain of the previous row. This will create a straighter edge.
  • This pillow is made in two pieces (front and back panel) and sewn together on three sides, with a zipper on the fourth side.

Front Panel:
Ch 68
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and in each st across. (66 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. (66 hdc)
Row 3 – 4: Repeat Row 2.

Bobble Stitch Backside

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, [mbob in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 10 times; mbob in next st, sc in last 2 sts. (11 mbob + 55 sc)

Row 6 – 8: Repeat Row 2.

Row 9: Repeat Row 5.
Row 10 – 12: Repeat Row 2.
Row 13: Repeat Row 5.
Row 14 – 16: Repeat Row 2.
Row 17: Repeat Row 5.
Row 18 – 20: Repeat Row 2.
Row 21: Repeat Row 5.
Row 22 – 53: Repeat Row 2.

Orange Bobble Stitches Crochet and Half Double Crochets

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Back Panel:
Ch 68
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and in each st across. (66 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. (66 hdc)
Row 3 – 52: Repeat Row 2.

Fasten off and leave a long tail (approx. 25 – 30″) to sew your front and back panels together. Weave in all ends except for the long tail.

Sewing Your Panels and Adding a Zipper

This is arguably the worst part of any crochet project, but when it comes to pillows, it’s exciting. You never know your pillow cover will turn out until you sew your sides together and pop in your insert.
To sew these panels together, we will be using a technique called the whip stitch. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, there is a great tutorial by Wool and the Gang to help you here.

Method:

  • Line up your front and back panels. You can use pins to keep them together, but this is optional. Thread your yarn needle with the long tail that you left.
Sewing a Crochet Pillow Tutorial
  • Begin whip stitching along the three sides of your pillow cover.
  • The next step is to attach the zipper to the fourth side. Place the zipper between the front and back panels panels, making sure that it is centered on both sides (A). You will be sewing one side of the zipper to the front panel and the other side of the zipper to the back panel.
  • Sewing the Zipper to the Front Panel: Using thread and a sewing needle, begin whip stitching across the zipper and front panel to sew them together; make sure that the needle moves through both the panel and the zipper (A, B).
  • Tip: Try to sew the panel as close to the zipper opening as possible; this will ensure a seamless look.
  • The picture below shows one side of the zipper sewn to the front panel.
Removable Crochet Pillow Cover How-to
  • Sewing the Zipper to the Back Panel: Unzip the zipper before you begin to sew the back panel to the other side of the zipper. Using thread and a sewing needle, begin whip stitching across the zipper and back panel to sew them together; make sure that the needle moves through both the panel and the zipper (Photos below).
  • If your zipper is an inch or two shorter than the width of the pillow, use your remaining yarn tail to sew up any gaps on the fourth side with the whip stitch.

And You’re Done!

Voila! You have finished your first Burst of Sunshine Pillow. Congratulations! I hope that this pillow brightens up your home, and puts a smile on your face every time you see it. Now you can cozy up with this beauty, while you work on your next crochet project.

Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you’ve made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).


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Questions?

If you have any trouble throughout the pattern and need some clarification, please feel free to comment below, or send me a message through the “Contact” section of this website. I would be more than happy to help!

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Thank you guys so much for following along. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Love, Dayna
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