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House or Dorm-Warming Free Crochet Pillow Pattern

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Know someone who is headed off to college or moving away for a new adventure? This free crochet pillow pattern is the perfect way to give them a tangible reminder of your love (that they won’t be embarrassed to display in their dorm room!)

You know how there are some people who manage to do so much in a day that just talking to them makes you feel like you need an electrolyte drink and a nap? My sister, Jamie, is one of those people. She’s employed full-time as a nanny, she volunteers, she works out more in a day than I have in the past year (sadly, I am not kidding) AND she’s getting her master’s degree.

Nap, anyone?

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift or dorm room decorating idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.comSo when Big Lots offered to help me set her up for back-to-school, I jumped at the chance to create a relaxing bedroom oasis that she might, unfortunately, use more for studying than sleeping.

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.comWhen Jamie and I went to Big Lots, we were impressed to see how many hip housewares there were there. I wish Jamie had seven bedrooms we could outfit because it was hard to narrow it down to just one style and palette (said Jess 9,329 times in my lifetime and counting.)

 

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.comWe ended up going with a timeless black and white bedspread, which came with sheets, shams and a throw pillow. Seriously. I just kept pulling things out of the bag–there was so many pieces to the set! A storage ottoman made the perfect night stand that also serves a far more important purpose: craft storage.

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.comWe also picked up a portable speaker, some throw pillows and THE softest blanket anyone in our family has ever touched. Of course, no room is complete without some handmade touches, so I decided to make Jamie a modern crochet heart cushion to coordinate with her new room.

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift or dorm room decorating idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.comI think this crochet throw pillow pattern is the perfect way to give a college-bound friend or family member a tangible, huggable reminder of how much you love them.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I recently asked how people best like to follow crochet patterns: with videos, with charts or with written patterns. I was amazed to see that there was an almost mix of all three learning styles. So for the first time ever, I’ve created a chart for this pattern. I think it should help a lot in working the heart section of the pillow.  Simply subscribe in the box at the bottom of this post and you’ll gain instant access to my library of free patterns and templates including this heart pillow chart!

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This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.comThis free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.comI Heart You Free Crochet Pillow Pattern

Supplies
• 1 skein Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn – clay
• 1 skein Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn – woodberry
• size J hook
• 16″ square pillow form
• scissors

Abbreviations – US Terms
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Notes
• This pattern is worked in the round, so the right side should always be facing you.

• I used up just about every bit of my clay colored yarn to make this cushion. If you don’t want to risk needing to buy an extra skein, plan to crochet the two sides together with the pink yarn instead of grey or leave off the last round of both the front and the back of the pillow. It should still fit a 16” form.

• To switch colors between colors: complete the first part of the double crochet in the first color and the last yarn over and pull through in the second color. (With first color yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through, switch to second color, yarn over and pull second color yarn through to complete the double crochet.)

• I didn’t trim my strands as I switched between colors. I left them connected and made sure to allow for enough yarn in between each section that it wouldn’t pull too tight if the pillowcase was stretched a bit. See my note in the “finishing” section if you’re strands are showing through the spaces in the square.

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift or dorm room decorating idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
How to Make the Square Heart Pillow – Written Instructions
Subscribe in the box below for instant access to the chart for this pattern. Begin with woodburry color and use only woodburry until round 7. Create a magic ring. (Or ch 6 and join with a sl st to first chain to form a ring.)

Round 1: ch 5 (counts as 1 sc and 2 ch sp), [3 dc in ring, ch 2] 3 times, 2 dc in ring, join with a sl st to 3rd of 5 ch at the beginning of round. (Each side = 3 dc)

Round 2: 1 sl st into the ch sp, ch 5, 2 dc in the same space, *1 dc in each dc to next sp, work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp; repeat from * twice more, 1 dc in each dc to next sp, 1 dc in same space as ch 5, join with a sl st to 3rd of 5 ch at the beginning of round. (Each side = 7 dc)

Round 3: Repeat round 2. (Each side = 11 dc)

Round 4: Repeat round 2: (Each side = 15 dc)

Round 5: Repeat round 2: (Each side = 19 dc)

Round 6: Repeat round 2: (Each side = 23 dc)

Round 7: Repeat round 2, adding clay colored yarn (noted in black text) midway as follows:
Side 1 (left): 1 sl st into the ch sp, ch 5, 2 dc in the same space, 1 dc in each next 21 dc, 1 dc in each next 2 dc
Side 2 (bottom): work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 2 dc, 1 dc in each next 19 dc, 1 dc in each next 2 dc
Side 3 (right): work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 2 dc, 1 dc in each next 21 dc
Side 4 (top): work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in each next 3 dc, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in same space as ch 5, join with a sl st to 3rd of 5 ch at the beginning of round.
(Each side = 27 dc)

Round 8: Repeat round 2 as follows:
Side 1: 1 sl st into the ch sp, ch 5, 2 dc in the same space, 1 dc in each next 21 dc, 1 dc in each next 6 dc
Side 2: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 6 dc, 1 dc in each next 15 dc, 1 dc in each next 6 dc
Side 3: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 6 dc, 1 dc in each next 21 dc
Side 4: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in each next 7 dc, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in same space as ch 5, join with a sl st to 3rd of 5 ch at the beginning of round.
(Each side = 31 dc)

Round 9: Repeat round 2 as follows:
Side 1: 1 sl st into the ch sp, ch 5, 2 dc in the same space, 1 dc in each next 21 dc, 1 dc in each next 10 dc
Side 2: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in each next 11 dc, 1 dc in each next 10 dc
Side 3: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in each next 21 dc
Side 4: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in each next 11 dc, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in same space as ch 5, join with a sl st to 3rd of 5 ch at the beginning of round.
(Each side = 35 dc)

Round 10: Repeat round 2 as follows:
Side 1: 1 sl st into the ch sp, ch 5, 2 dc in the same space, 1 dc in each next 21 dc, 1 dc in each next 14 dc
Side 2: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 14 dc, 1 dc in each next 7 dc, 1 dc in each next 14 dc
Side 3: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 14 dc, 1 dc in each next 21 dc
Side 4: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in each next 15 dc, 1 dc in each next 10 dc, 1 dc in same space as ch 5, join with a sl st to 3rd of 5 ch at the beginning of round.(Each side = 39 dc)

Round 11: Repeat round 2 as follows:
Side 1: 1 sl st into the ch sp, ch 5, 2 dc in the same space, 1 dc in each next 2 dc, 1 dc in each next 19 dc, dc in each next 18 dc
Side 2: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 18 dc, 1 dc in each next 3 dc, 1 dc in each next 18 dc
Side 3: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each next 18 dc, 1 dc in each next 19 dc, 1 dc in each next 2 dc
Side 4: work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] all in the next sp, 1 dc in each dc till end of round, 1 dc in same space as ch 5, join with a sl st to 3rd of 5 ch at the beginning of round.
(Each side = 43 dc)

Round 12: Repeat round 2 in clay color only. (Each side = 47 dc)

Round 13: Repeat round 2 in Clay color only (Each side = 51 dc) (Skip this round if you’re worried about running out of clay colored yarn to sew your squares together.)

Fasten off.

For second side: repeat same pattern using only Clay colored yarn. Leave yarn attached.

This free crochet pillow pattern with a modern heart makes a perfect DIY gift idea. Square cushion pattern includes written instructions, photo tutorial and a chart. | MakeAndDoCrew.comFinishing
If you are seeing a lot of your “cobwebs” showing through in the background of your design, you can use regular sewing thread to lightly attach any unruly strands to a place where they won’t show through to the front. I didn’t actually find that my strands were very visible once the form was inserted.

Place both squares together, right sides facing out. Line the stitches on each square side together. Insert hook through one stitch on one side of the pillow and all the way through to the corresponding stitch on the other side of the pillow and complete a sc. Repeat around three sides, working 3 sc in each corner space. Insert pillow form and work last side the same way. Fasten off and weave in ends.

If you loved working with this Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn as much as I did, you might like my free, beginner-friendly Suzette tote bag pattern using the same yarn!

This free crochet bag pattern for beginners is deceptively simple. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

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20 Comments

  • Mary Roberts
    July 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Love the pillow. Want to make for my granddaughter..

    Reply
  • Mary
    July 23, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Cute heart pillow. This will make many people happy. Those giving this gift of love, and those receiving their pillow.

    Reply
  • Cath Clifford
    July 23, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks Jess. I would really love to print the cushion pattern out, but I keep getting 18 pages and it’s also has parts insured by advertising and logs etc.
    Do you have just the pattern itself I could print out?
    Thanks Cath

    Reply
    • Cath Clifford
      July 23, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      ‘Obsured’ – not insured!!!

      Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Hey Cath,

      I totally understand wanting to print the pattern. The way I earn money to cover the cost of this site is by running ads on it and people visiting the actual website. I’m in the process of creating very inexpensive PDF downloads so that people who want to print the patterns can do so. I’m sorry I haven’t gotten to this one yet. I hope to add a printable version very soon!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Janie Berks
    July 25, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I love your patterns, and have made the slippers with flip flops twice. However, I am not a fan of having to download a pdf converter to get this pattern. I have a granddaughter going off to college next month, this is a great pattern for her, but making me down load something I don’t need and possibly has issues, is a disappointment.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Hey Janie!

      You shouldn’t have to download a pdf converter to get the pattern. It’s listed within the post. Perhaps you clicked on an ad that asked you to download something? The only thing you’d have to download for this pattern, if you wanted to, is the chart part of the pattern, which is available in the subscriber Vault. I agree that downloading a pdf convertor is no good! Please know in the future that if you see that, it’s an ad and not actually part of my pattern.

      Hope that helps!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Shari Atoyan
    July 30, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Making these for my daughter’s college bound friends & for her when she graduates next year! Hank you for the free pattern?

    Reply
  • Karen
    September 6, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I love this pattern! I’d like to adapt it and make a granny shrug instead of a pillow. Do you have any advice on making the heart bigger?
    Thanks for all your work 🙂

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 10, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      What a cool idea, Karen! Let’s see, I think you could make the heart bigger if you used my pattern to create your own chart (simply on graph paper or on a site like Stitch Fiddle. If you notice on my heart, as you progress toward the outer edge of the heart, each consequtive row is 2 double crochets shorter than the last on each edge. So if you just started with a much bigger center square, you could possibly just figure out the following rows with the same geometry logic. Does that make any sense at all?

      Another idea is just to find thicker yarn/hook and use my pattern. 🙂 (I will say though, this heart is decently sized, so depending on how big your cardigan is, perhaps it would work as is?)

      I’d love to see a pic of how it turns out. Sounds so cool!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Alex
    September 6, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I am making this pillow for a Christmas present (never to early to start on those, right?) And the square will not lay flat and it is all wavy. Am I doing something wrong? Do you know how to make it flat?
    I really like (LOVE) this pattern. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 10, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      NEVER too early to start Christmas presents, Alex! Hmm…I think I might know what you mean about the wavy-ness because mine was slightly wavy too. It might be the case that you are able to block most of it out or resolve it by simply stuffing the pillow inside. If not though, I would guess that it might have to do with how tightly or loosely you’re crocheting. If you’re willing to start over, you might consider using a slightly smaller hook to see if that makes it lie flatter and be less “ruffly.” Does that make sense?

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sonia-Marina Beach
    October 30, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Hi,thank you VERY much for sharing your talents with me. You have inspired me SO much and helped me through a deep valley,with the way you teach. You really are a gifted Teacher who blessed more people than you will ever be able to count!! God bless you!
    Greetings from South Africa.xx

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 3, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Oh Sonia, it brings me so much joy to hear that. Making things with my hands has helped me through some tough times too. I like to work on my projects and think about how many people all over the world are creating something they care about at the same time. Now I can think of you in South Africa!

      Reply
  • Tina
    January 31, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I cant wait to try the pattern out for my husband save daughters gift but wanted to know red its for the greyish color or red I’m confused.. Thanks

    Reply
  • Callie
    April 6, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I’m having trouble finding the crocheted heart pillow chart. Help!!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Hey Callie!

      Did you already subscribe in the box above or on the sidebar? Once you do that, you should immediatly receive an email from me that explains how to access the Vault. The chart is linked right below the photo of the heart pillow. Let me know if you still need help finding it!

      Jess

      Reply
  • bhutanknitncrochet
    June 12, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Sad that video is unavailable.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Which video are you referring to? This pattern doesn’t have a video tutorial, so perhaps you’re referencing a different pattern. I’m happy to help you find what you’re looking for if you want to let me know. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply

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