Easy Crochet Pillow for Beginners with Rainbow Blanket

How to Crochet the Simple Texture Pillow

Hi guys! Welcome to another DIY crochet project that will add some coziness to your space. Not only does this pillow look pretty, it’s also comfy – a great quality of any pillow – and functional. This pillow case is designed to be removable, so you can wash it without having to toss in the entire pillow, or make a trip to the dry cleaners. This pillow cover can also be adjusted to fit any sized pillow form. If you have mastered the single crochet stitch, this is a perfect project for you. But, if you only came here for the blanket, here is a link to the blog post about this Easy Weighted Rainbow Blanket.

I’m a huge fan of home renovation and design shows like Home Town and Fixer Upper. I could watch Erin and Ben all day! Watching these shows made me realize how trendy pillows have become. Pillows add a touch of warmth, colour and texture to every space; and can be placed on chairs, benches, couches, beds, outdoor furniture, and floors (of all places). Pillows designed to look handmade are especially trendy.

A trendy pillow can range from $7.00 – $100+, depending on the company, style, colour, or design. If you can hold a crochet hook, why not make your own? I find that I appreciate an item so much more when I know it’s handmade. If you imagine all of the hours of work and love that’s gone into making a piece, it will become a cherished part of your home.


How Can I Save Money on this Project?

Doing it yourself is always more fun than buying a ready-made item, but it can be expensive. The trick to saving money on DIY projects is either having the supplies on hand, or thrifting them.

1. Pillow Inserts/ Forms. Pillow inserts can be so expensive that it makes you think twice about starting a crochet project. You might ask yourself, “Wouldn’t it make more sense to buy a new pillow and save myself the time and money?”. The answer depends on where you buy your pillow forms. Before I learned about thrifting, I purchased pillows from Amazon and loved them for their quality and comfort level.

Thrifted Pillow Inserts

*Amazon.ca has a set of 4 pillows for $36.00 CAD which works out to $9.00 CAD/ pillow. Amazon.com has a set of 4 pillow set for $26.49 USD working out to $6.62 USD/ pillow. However, you can save even more money by thrifting your pillows. In my area, our thrift stores include the Goodwill, Salvation Army, Bibles for Missions, and Value Village. So far, I’ve found pillows ranging from $1.49 – $6.99, depending on the style and size. Facebook Marketplace is another great thrifting resource. I found 3 18″ x 18″ pillows for $10! (Score).

2. Yarn. If you are a crocheter, you know how expensive yarn can be. Yikes! Before I make a large yarn purchase, I always shop around. Here are a couple of places I like to search for yarn:

  1. Local Craft Stores like Michael’s, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby. These stores mark-up the price of yarn compared to a wholesaler, but you can use 40% off coupons to purchase each skein individually.
  2. Wal-Mart or Meijer. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen a coupon specifically for yarn at these retailers, but sometimes they have roll-back sales on yarn.
  3. Thrift Stores. Depending on where you are located, some thrift stores have a wide selection of yarn at a discounted price (since it’s been previously owned).
  4. Amazon. Amazon usually offers free shipping (perfect for the online shopper), and often has good deals on certain brands of yarn.
  5. Facebook Marketplace. This is another resource for people looking to thrift their yarn. You may not find any people selling yarn, but it’s worth a look.
  6. *Lion Brand Wholesalers. Lion Brand is usually having a sale on yarn, whether it’s priced at 20%, 30%, 40%, or 45% off. The only thing you have to worry about is shipping.

Materials Needed for this Project:

Method/ Video Tutorial:

To make this pillow, we will be single crocheting in the back loops only! Each stitch has a front and back loop; the front loop is the closest to you, and the back loop is the furthest from you. Normally, we crochet through both loops (front + back). However, working single crochets in the back loops only will create a ridge pattern that adds texture to your finished piece. If you prefer to learn through a video, I hear you! Here is a link to a tutorial that will show you how to single crochet in the back loops only.

Crochet Back Loops and Front Loops of a Stitch

Pattern Measurements:

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

  • Front Panel: 18″ x 18″
  • Back Panel(s): 12.5″ x 18″

Making Adjustments to Your Pillow

If you are working with a pillow insert that isn’t 18″ x 18″, don’t panic! This pattern can be adjusted to fit any sized pillow form. The first step is to measure your pillow.
Length:

  • Front Panel: This pillow cover is worked length-wise, which means that the starting chain will determine the length of your pillow case. Make your chain the exact length of your pillow OR no more than an inch shorter than the length of your pillow. Continue on with the pattern as normal.
  • Back Panel: The back panels are also worked length-wise, so chain the same number of chains as the front panel.

Width: Since the pillow cover is worked length-wise, the number of crocheted rows determines how wide your pillow case will be. Also keep in mind that by working in the back loops only, the fabric will be stretchy, so make sure to stretch out your panels before measuring them.

  • Front Panel: If the width of your pillow is smaller than 18″, work fewer rows (less than 39 rows); if your pillow is larger than 18″, work more rows (more than 39 rows). Stretch out and measure your fabric to see if it is the proper width before you fasten off.
  • Back Panel: Keep track of the number of rows you crocheted for the width of your pillow cover. Divide this number by 2, and add 1. For example, if your front panel was 31 rows wide, dividing by 2 gives you 15.5 = approx. 16 + 1 = 17. Therefore, each back panel will be 17 rows wide.
Beginner Crochet Pillow Single Crochet

Let’s get started on our DIY crochet pillow! This pillow cover is made using 3 pieces (1 front panel and 2 back panels) that are sewn together at the end.

Abbreviations:

  • Hk – hook
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Blo – back loops only (only make your single crochet in the back loops)

Gauge: Approximately 9 stitches x 9 rows in 4″ x 4″

  • Ch 10
  • Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each st across. (9 sc)
  • Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the blo in each st across. (9 sc)
  • Row 3 – 9: Repeat Row 2. (9 sc)

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Pattern:

Notes:

  • The beginning chain 1 does not count as a stitch
  • Work the last single crochet of each row in the Ch-1 of the previous row. This will create a straighter edge.
  • This pillow is made up of 1 front panel and 2 back panels that are sewn together.

Front Panel:
Ch 40
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each st across. Turn. (39 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the blo in each st across. Turn. (39 sc)

Row 3 – 39: Repeat Row 2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Back Panel: *Make 2
Ch 40
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each st across. Turn. (39 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in the blo in each st across. Turn. (39 sc)
Row 3 – 21: Repeat Row 2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Repeat this process to make 2 back panels.

Sewing Your Panels:

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.

Whip Stitch Joining Panels

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: We will be sewing one back panel at a time.

  • Using the whip stitch, sew the first back panel to your front panel along the 3 dotted lines shown in the diagram below. Do not sew along the fourth inside length. The fourth edge is your opening for the pillow insert to fit through.
Sewing a Pillow Together Diagram
  • Now, its time to sew your second back panel on. Your second back panel will overlap your first back panel by about 4 stitches. Therefore, you will be sewing through both the front panel and the first back panel along these 4 stitches.
  • Line up your second panel and begin whip stitching along the 3 dotted lines shown in the diagram below. Do not sew along the fourth inside length. The fourth edge is your opening for the pillow insert to fit through.
Sewing a Pillow Diagram
  • Your pillow case is almost complete! Insert your pillow to see how it looks.
  • To hold my pillow case in place, I sewed 3 buttons onto the first back panel (green in the diagrams). Then, I pulled on the second back panel (red in diagrams) until I was happy with the position. I squeezed each button through a stitch in the second back panel to close.
  • And you’re done! Now you can snuggle up with your comfy pillow and remove it when it needs to be washed.

And You’re Done!

Congratulations! You just made your first Simple Texture Pillow. I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. Now you can snuggle up with this beauty while you work on other projects. It really is as comfy as it looks!

Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on this blog.


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).

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!

For the Love of Texture Crochet Blanket Pattern

If you liked this pillow project, and need to make another, try the Retro Velvet Circular Pillow. It’s a fun, 1 skein project that works up quickly, and makes a super soft pillow! There isn’t anything quite like resting your head on velvet.

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


Love, Dayna
Instagram: @thispixiecreates

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