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Making The Perfect Crochet Pillow Cover

Crochet has become a real stable of interior design soft furnishings from large soft blankets to trinket holders. Home design is all about layering and textures, so it’s no wonder that homes are being filled with beautiful crochet designs. One of the most simple but effective things you can make is a pillow cover. These look perfect in any home on a sofa or chair.

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The best thing about crochet pillows is that you have no tricky shaping to worry about. They are great little projects which leave you with a beautifully soft cushion that will make any home feel cozier.

You need to plan out the type of yarn you are going to use. Pillows tend to pick up a fair bit of dirt so you need to choose a colour that will wash well and disguise some of the daily muck. Opting for a white or cream may seem like a good idea, but they can dull off in the wash and will show every single stain or fingermark. You also need to choose a soft yarn that will be tactile if you are going to use your pillow. If you are making it for display purposes only then, you could choose something a little more delicate, like a silk blend.


The last thing you want is a pillow that is exposed through your crochet so try a different hook size than you would usually work with. Before you start working away on the final cover, it’s worth running up a test piece so you can see the density of your fabric. This will help you avoid any disappointment once you have put in all the work to create your beautiful pillow cover.


Sizing is essential. You don’t want to have a saggy pillow or one that is too hard because your case is too small and you have had to stuff the pillow inside. You should reduce the size of your pillow cover just a touch so that there is room for it to stretch over time without creating any sag. Measurements can be tricky to master, however if you reduce the size of the pillow cover by around ¼ of an inch, you should have the right fit that will give you the perfect finish.

Finishing your pillow cover is also essential. You may want to add pom poms, or if you invest in a button maker, then you could create your own button fold to close the pillow. There are a number of ways to decorate and design your final look but make sure you know what you are doing before you start your project. If you want a straightforward finish, then you can just sew your seam although this could lead to issues if you need to wash the cover.


Now all you have to do is have fun and get making. Once you have created your first pillow cover then why not get busy and make a few more? They are excellent presents for your family!