Crochet pillow patterns offer a unique way to add meaning and personalization to your home decor. No matter your skill level, these charming designs can be as beautiful as they are functional.
We’ve collected 35 free crochet pillow patterns featuring square, circular, and even hexagonal patterns. Choose your favorite pillow to crochet and display it on your sofa like your very own craft trophy.
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Easy Pillows to Crochet for Beginners
Cushion covers are a brilliant project for beginners as they often use basic crochet stitches and simple shapes like squares and rectangles. They’re a fun way to practice new skills while making something practical and pretty.
Customize your pillow project to align with the style of your decor, or make a gift for a loved one using the crochet pillow patterns below.
The Best Crochet Stitches for Throw Pillows
When crocheting a pillow cover, choose durable stitches that hold their shape well. Closed stitches add lots of beautiful texture while hiding the cushion insert or stuffing inside.
Here are a few stitches that work well for cushion covers:
How to Make a Simple Crochet Cushion
Learning how to crochet a pillow cover is easy. Here are the basic steps to follow:
Step 1: Choose a closed stitch from the list above. Crochet two separate square panels to the desired size.
Step 2: Place the panels together with the right sides facing out and single crochet or slip stitch around three sides to join them.
Step 3: Insert the pillow form or stuffing.
Step 4: Single crochet or slip stitch through both squares along the final open side to secure the pillow form inside.
Step 5: Cut the yarn, fasten off, and weave in the ends with a yarn needle.
Alternative Construction Methods:
Another way to make a pillow cover is to crochet a long rectangle, fold it over, and seam the two sides before inserting the pillow form.
Removable Envelope Pillowcase
When you’d like a removable crochet pillowcase, an envelope-style cover is an easy option. To make an envelope pillowcase, you can make an extra long rectangle that is 2.5 times the length of your pillow side.
Fold the rectangle into one square section with pieces that overlap at the back. Seam the two sides together and insert the pillow form through the remaining slot to finish.
Free Crochet Pillow Patterns
From modern, sophisticated styles to large poufs and playful children’s cushions, there’s a free crochet pillow pattern for every taste. Check out our favorites below!
Easy Pillows For Beginners
Uncover these easy crochet pillow patterns for a one-way ticket to meditative crafting. These designs are ideal for beginners as they utilize basic techniques to get you started.
Personalized Ombre Crochet Pillow Pattern
Hold three strands of yarn together and use single crochet stitches to create this thoughtful gift for a new parent, BFF, or new homeowner.
Related: How to cross stitch on crochet
Mud Cloth Boho Pillow
There are detailed instructions on how to add texture to your cushion using beginner embroidery skills. Replicate the mud cloth embroidery design shown or create your own - don’t be afraid to experiment!
Granny Square Heart Throw Pillow
Two skeins of Bernat Maker Home Dec are used to create this textured heart design. Alternatively, substitute any other bulky yarn or hold multiple strands of thinner yarn together to achieve the same look and feel.
Bobble Pillow with Fringe
You’ll need some worsted-weight yarn, a 5mm hook, and an 18x18” pillow insert.
Removable Pillow Covers
Embrace versatility with these removable crochet pillow cover patterns that allow for hassle-free washing and style swapping.
Corner-to-Corner Cushion Cover for Blanket Storage
Don't let the chevron design of this quillow intimidate you - it's a great first project, even if you're newer to C2C crochet.
Related: Muddy Pines C2C Blanket
Chunky Raindrops Stitch Cushion
Modern Crochet Pillow Patterns
Featuring clean lines and minimalist patterns, modern throw cushions and poufs deliver sleek, contemporary designs for your living space.
Easy Corner to Corner Crocheted Pillow Pattern
There’s an optional border and fringe to customize the look and make a statement piece for your home decor.
Related: X Marks the Spot C2C Blanket
Oversized Sampler Pouf
Vintage Intarsia Flower Pillow
The mustard and ecru tones give this pillow retro vibes, but you can customize it with any colors you like. Make it for yourself or as a unique housewarming gift.
South America Map Tapestry Cushion
This would be an excellent gift idea for the travel-lover in your life!
Related: Vintage Africa Map Blanket
Super Soft C2C Love Pillow
Add a zipper to make your cover removable, and decide what design to have on the back - plain, repeat the love lettering, or crochet a heart using the additional pattern provided.
Cross Cable Throw Cushion
For further customization, there’s also an optional zipper. Pair your creation with the matching wall hanging pattern available to coordinate your boho vibes.
Granny Square Sunflower Pillow Cover
A YouTube video tutorial will guide you through making the squares and joining them together.
Anthropologie Inspired Long Pillow
Geometric Triangles Pillow
Solid Scrappy Granny Pillow
Playful Gnome Pillow
Hexagon Puff Seat Cushion
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Round crochet pillows are simple to create, utilizing basic stitches worked in the round, usually in a continuous spiral.
Simple Summertime Lemon Pillow
Round V-Stitch Granny Pillow
Sea Urchin Shell Throw Cushion + Photo Tutorial
An intermediate skill set is recommended, as there are a few special stitches involved. This pattern also uses an invisible joining method for a neater finish.
Cat Pillow pattern by Abriana Keener
Christmas and Holiday Pillows
Deck your halls with handmade warmth using these easy-to-follow Christmas and holiday crochet pillow patterns.
Modern Tapestry Scandinavian Christmas Pillows
You'll use basic stitches like single crochet and slip stitch to create a stunning motif that features traditional holiday symbols like snowflakes, trees, and reindeer.
Related: The Best Christmas Crochet Patterns
Buffalo Plaid Free Pillow Pattern
Despite its advanced-looking design, this project is reasonable for advanced beginners. It also works up super fast thanks to the bulky yarn.
If faux fur isn’t your thing, substitute it for more chunky yarn, such as Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. You could also add embellishments like beads and pom poms to decorate your Christmas tree.
Related: Buffalo Plaid C2C Bear Blanket
Winter Snowflake Holiday Decor Pillow
Sleek and modern, this design looks as though it’s from a high-end store. Change the colors or snowflake design to personalize the pattern.
Related: 30 Crochet Doily Patterns
Bobble Stitch Pinewood Pillow
There’s a separate, helpful bobble stitch tutorial available if you haven’t tried this before.
Related: Minimalist Bobble Stitch Blanket
Easter Bunny Decorative Pillow
Related: C2C Crochet Plaid Bunny Blanket
Cute Plush Pillows For Nurseries and Kids' Rooms
These cute crochet pillow patterns blend playful charm and cozy comfort, perfect for creating a soothing haven in your little one’s nursery.
Strawberry Plush Pillow Pattern
Sprinkle Donut Round Cushion Cover
Use yarn scraps and threads for the multicolored sprinkles, creating a decorative accent for a kid’s room or donut-lover’s home.
Removable Love Cushion Cover
Pair the cushion with baby booties or an easy baby blanket for a sweet gift set for new parents. I think it would also be a great gift for Valentine’s Day, a wedding, or as an anniversary present.
Related: Done in a Weekend Baby Blanket
Heart-Shaped Pillow Video Tutorial
Modern Paw Print Pillow Cover
Customize your color choices and use a super soft, bulky yarn to make this cozy, comfy pillow. Follow along with the photo and video tutorial for extra step-by-step instruction.
This is the paw-fect gift for any dog or animal lover. Pair it with a matching bag or blanket for an added wow factor.
Related: How to crochet a dog sweater
Simple Double Crochet Star Cushion
Because the pattern uses loose double crochet stitches, you can use two pieces of felt or quilt batting to prevent any stuffing from sneaking out.
The Retro Daisy Throw Pillow
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Customize Your Crochet Pillow
Basic pillows are the perfect project to customize in crafty ways. Here are some of my favorite ways to personalize crochet throw pillows:
Zipper/button closure - include a zipper or buttoned flap on one side to make your cover removable and washable; fashion and function in one!
Tassel/lace edging - add a delicate, relaxed vibe to your cushion with some lacy edging or trendy tassels. Many of these blanket border stitches would work well on a pillow edge too.
Cross-stitch/embroidery - embroider small designs, patterns, or words onto the cover to add another level of personalization. Check out this tutorial to learn how to cross stitch on crochet.
Buttons and beads - incorporate these into your stitches or attach them afterward for extra sparkle.
Pom poms - add an element of playfulness and texture to your design with some fluff balls. Check out this tutorial to learn how to make a pom pom.
Leather tags/labels - this detail can really elevate the look of your pillow cover, giving it interior-design-magazine vibes.
Fabric - some designs enable you to mix your crochet skills with a fabric backing. This is your chance to experiment and gather materials that reflect your style and personality.
Pockets - add another layer of functionality by attaching pockets to your pillow.
Supplies for Making a Throw Pillow
These are the essential supplies you’ll need to complete your cushion cover:
- Crochet hook - in the recommended size needed to obtain pattern gauge
- Tapestry needle/yarn needle - for weaving in ends and possibly, joining pieces together
- Stitch markers - for marking your place and preventing live loop from unraveling
- Steamer or iron with steam function - for blocking (alternative: use a spray bottle)
- Pom pom maker or learn how to make your own pom poms
The Best Yarn for Cushion Covers
In general, chunkier yarns work best for making crochet throw cushions, as they’re more durable. I also look for washable yarns that wear well over time and have sophisticated color palettes to choose from.
Here are some yarns I like to use when designing crochet pillow patterns:
|DK / Category 3
|Colorful, reduces ends to weave in, try holding 2-3 strands together
|Worsted / Category 4
|Worsted / Category 4
|Sophisticated colors that are easy to combine
|Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling
|Worsted / Category 4
|Wide range of colors for C2C crochet
|Hue + Me
|Chunky / Category 5
|Modern, muted color palette
|Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
|Super Bulky / Category 6
|Fast progress, nice stitch definition
FAQs about Crochet Pillows
The amount of yarn needed for a crochet pillow cover can vary widely depending on several factors. The size of the pillow, the thickness of the yarn, the hook size, and the complexity of the pattern all influence the yardage required.
Here's a rough estimate of pillow yarn amounts:
• For a standard 16x16” pillow cover, you would need approximately 200-400 yards of worsted-weight yarn for a simple pattern.
• If you're using a finer yarn, you will need more yardage overall.
• For bulkier yarns, you might need fewer yards, but more skeins since they typically come in with less yardage per ball.
For removable crochet pillow covers, wash gently by hand or on a delicate machine cycle with cold water and mild detergent. Then, lay flat to dry.
Non-removable covers may require spot cleaning or careful hand-washing, ensuring the filling doesn't get wet.
Always check the yarn label for specific care instructions.
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