I just love the look of crocheted or knitted pillow covers… They add so much texture and warmth to a sofa or bed. I’ve been wanting one of my own for a long time, so of course I had to make one myself. I used super bulky yarn and some wooden buttons for a natural look and I just love how it turned out!
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Don’t you just love the texture this stitch pattern creates? And it’s really easy to crochet! You only need to know how to single and double crochet.
I’ll show you how to make the pillow cover in any size. So whether you get a new pillow insert or just want to cover a pillow you already have, you can make this custom to fit!
- Pillow in any size (new or repurpose an old one!)
- Super bulky yarn…I used Knit Picks Tuff Puff (11 skeins for my 20″ pillow). But you could also use Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick. I love this yarn and it comes in so many colors! The amount you would need depends on the size of your pillow.
- Size N crochet hook
- Buttons…I love to use wooden coconut shell buttons for most of my crochet projects. But you can use any buttons that suit your decor. I have found that 1-1.5″ buttons work well for this pillow cover. I tried 2″ buttons and they were too big to fit through the holes.
- Yarn needle
- Sewing needle and thread to match the buttons
Okay, so here’s the pattern. It’s very simple!
Begin with your N hook and make a chain the width of your pillow minus about 2″. Count your stitches and be sure you have an ODD number. You’ll need an odd number for the upcoming pattern to work. So if you have an even number, just add one or take one out, either one should work.
Abbreviations used in this pattern and their UK equivalents:
sc: single crochet (dc in UK)
dc: double crochet (tr in UK)
Row 1: Chain 2 more stitches and then insert your hook in the third chain from your hook. *Sc, dc in the same stitch, skip one stitch, and repeat from * until you have 2 chains left. Skip one and sc in the last stitch. Ch 2 and turn. (ch 2 counts as the first stitch in the next row.)
Row 2: Skip one and *sc, dc, in the same stitch, skip one and repeat from * until you have one stitch remaining, sc, ch 2 and turn.
Repeat row 2 for several rows and then place your work on top of your pillow to check that the width is correct. It should stretch slightly and reach just to the side seams on either side of your pillow. You want it to be nice and snug but not so tight that the holes are opening between the stitches.
Continue your rows until your rectangle is long enough to go around the front and back of your pillow, plus about a 6″ overlap for the envelope enclosure. Cut yarn and weave in loose ends.
Lay your pillow cover flat and fold up the front over the back so that the envelope enclosure is sticking out at the top. Use a long piece of yarn and your yarn needle and whip stitch to sew the side seams. Insert your pillow inside the cover and decide where you want to position your buttons. Sew your buttons on the front of your pillow cover. Use the open stitches of the envelope flap as your button holes.
You’re all done! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions and be sure to share a picture of your finished cover and tag @tealandfinch on Instagram. I’d LOVE to see it!