POW: Crochet Pillows + My Secret Tip for Cheap Pillow Forms

Crochet pillows make a house a home and show off your personal style. They’re also the perfect way to honor National Relaxation Day. I have 3 crocheted pillows in my living room: one is fuzzy, one is furry, and one is shaped like a football. The last one is random, I know. But it adds a bit of whimsy to my sports-loving home.

I come by this crochet pillow fetish honestly, because my mom has made several. Hers tend to be more on the lacy side like the Coral Cabana Pillow in Love of Crochet Summer 2017, and I adore it. I love its dainty, feminine lace that looks complex even though it’s quite simple.

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The Coral Cabana Pillow is made with Brown Sheep Company Cotton Fine and a size D/3/3.25mm hook. It measures 18″ square, which is the perfect size for just about anyplace—display it on the couch, cuddle with it on the bed, or even use it as a floor pillow. The most difficult part is choosing a color, because Cotton Fine comes in a ton of them. Here are my favorite options:

 

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My Secret Tip for Cheap Pillow Forms

My love of crocheted pillows and amigurumi has put me on the hunt for economical solutions for stuffing. As I was lying in bed one day, the solution hit me square in the face. Okay, I wasn’t literally hit the in the face—it was more like my head was resting on the solution I had been looking for: standard bed pillows!

Standard bed pillows include the two critical elements you need: stuffing and fabric. A standard bed pillow measure 20″ x 28″ which is bigger than you’ll need for most crocheted pillows. Fortunately, they are super easy to cut down to the size you need, more about that in a second. The best part of this solution is the price. I’ve purchased standard pillows for as little as $2.50 each.

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How to Make a Pillow Form

To make a pillow form, simply cut off one of the short ends of the standard pillow and remove the stuffing. Cut the fabric down to ½” bigger than you need keeping the bottom and one side edge uncut. Then stuff and sew the third and fourth sides back up.

An added perk to this process is that you’ll have stuffing left over. And you know what you can do with that, right? Stuff amigurumi! It’s what I used to stuff the toy on my mountain bike I mentioned on National Bike Month in May.

I’ve been using standard bed pillows to make pillow forms and stuff amigurumi for years. Some will say that the quality of the stuffing matters. I have not found that to be an issue. I find that if I pull, fluff and reshape the stuffing enough, it can be used to fill amigurumi beautifully without any lumps.

Here’s to decorating well and making your own DIY pillow forms.

—Dana

PS: The teal afghan pictured with the Coral Cabana Pillow is the Beach Bungalow Throw also in Love of Crochet Summer 2017. This stunning afghan is a join-as-you-go design made in Cascade Yarns Sunseeker Shade and a size H/8/5mm crochet hook. This is in my queue of projects to make!


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