I love the look of a crochet pillow as part of my home decor and I love fabric pillows too! So, what to do…make a reversible pillow that has yarn crocheted on one side and fabric on the other. The best of both worlds! In this simple pattern and tutorial, you can learn how to crochet a beautiful shell stitch for the front of the pillow and then add a matching fabric back to your crochet front.
This pillow is great for beginners and advanced crocheters alike! I love it because it is so fast to complete and gives me some options in my decor. Since I am just crocheting one side, I can work faster and get more out of my yarn!
- Yarn – Sublime Evie – Latte – Shade 509
- Hook – H, 5mm
- pillow form
- fabric swatch that is slightly larger than your pillow back
- yarn darner needles
- crochet thread to match your yarn
Crochet and Fabric Pillow Pattern and Instructions
Step 1: Prepare your fabric
Measure pillow and cut fabric so that you can fold down 1/2 inch hem on all sides.
Step 2: Crochet the front side.
Crochet the front using the solid shell stitch. You will size this to whatever size your pillow is.
Ch width of the pillow – must be a multiple of 6 (+1).
Row 1 (Right side): 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, 5dc into next ch (shell made), skip 2 ch, 1sc into next ch; repeat from * to end, turn.
Row 2: Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), 2dc into 1st st, *skip 2 dc, 1 sc into next dc middle dc of shell in previous row), skip 2 dc, 5dc into next sc; rep from * ending last rep with 3dc into last sc, turn.
Row 3: Ch1, 1 sc into 1st st, *skip 2 dc, 5dc into next sc, skip 2 dc, 1 sc into next dc; rep from * ending last rep with 1 sc into top tch, turn.
Repeat Rows 2-3 until piece measures the height of the front of your pillow. Be sure to make it large enough to meet the fabric on all sides.
Finish and weave in ends.
Step 3: Sew front to back
Line up the crochet with the hem of the fabric and whipstitch the crochet to the fabric working through the folded fabric.
Once you get to the last side, insert the pillow form and finish sewing around the open side.
This creates a small border around the edges that looks similar to piping.
Tips and Other Ideas
- This is one of those patterns that is just unlimited! You can use different size pillow forms to create all kinds of options – square, rectangle, big, little!
- Mix up your fabrics and your yarns. You could create these for different seasons and holidays to add some easy decor to your home.
- These make great housewarming gifts and are quick to work up and look really elegant and beautiful. Since you are only crocheting one side, you can work up a few fronts very quickly and have your pillows ready to go.
- Try a different stitch to sew the sides together, or add a crochet border, or get fancy and add some fabric trim.