How to Make a Crochet Pillow for Beginners

Love the look of crochet decor? Crochet home decor is very popular right now and seen in many retail stores. Why not make your own custom crochet pillows? I’ll show you how!

Crochet pillows are a great beginner project. I always recommend beginners start with a crochet project that is square/rectangle because then you can easily see if you are dropping or adding stitches. The straight edges needed for a pillow are a great way to learn how to count your stitches in rows. Typically beginner crocheters tend to add or drop stitches at the start of the row or at the very end. We have all made those mistakes as beginners, and it is part of the learning process.

My first crochet project I made was a scarf, and the scarf definitely did not end up straight, but I learned a lot and slowly was able to get the hang of it. Don’t be discouraged!

This pillow pattern is called the Freedom Pillow, and you can find the crochet tutorial to make the two panels for the Freedom Pillow here. It uses simple crochet stitches, and is a great beginner project!

Alright, so let’s dive into how to make the crochet pillow once you have the two panels crocheted.

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First, you secure any beginning or ending yarn ends. However, if you are making a pillow, no one will see the inside of your pillow, so I typically secure the tails of yarn with a knot and do not bother to weave in the ends. Shh . . . don’t tell, but why weave in the ends if no one will see them?

Once the ends are secured, you place the two panels with the right sides together or the wrong sides facing outwards. Starting at a corner, slip stitch three of the four sides of both panels together. Make sure that you are going through both the front and the back loops of each panel for extra security. I have three kids, and my pillows regularly take a beating from my children, so make sure you take this extra precautions for durability.

Next you flip the cover right side out, insert the pillow form, pin the panels together (optional), cut a 2.5’ piece of yarn and whip stitch the remaining side closed (see video). Once you reach the end, knot the strand, pull it through the pillow to hide the knot, and trim the excess yarn tail.

And that is how you make a crochet pillow! Let me know if you have any questions. Just drop a comment below, and I would be happy to help.

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