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  • Katrina Zwambag

Crate Pillow - FREE Pattern

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

I recently completed a home DIY renovation in our dining room where we outfitted a wall with a built in dining bench. Not only to seat more guests at our table but to store the massive amount of kitchen crap I've collected over the years and for some reason it all brings me so much 'joy' I just can't part with it.

Now the bench is complete it's a beautiful white with three sections that open from the top... but it's missing something. Cue me running around collecting all the abandoned throw pillows and tossing them on the bench. Days go by and I keep looking at this one sad pillow - it needs help. Welcome the Crate Pillow.

This pattern is very beginner friendly and features a pattern for a 12 by 20 inch pillow, however easily (I even explain how) adapted to any size pillow. Yep! Any size, square or rectangular.

I wanted a gorgeous chunky texture to really pop on the bench so I grabbed my trusty Lionbrand Wool Ease Thick and Quick - really now, who doesn't have some of this on hand by now? And I also had 2 skeins of Sugarbush Chill yarn in this gorgeous salmon colour. It's so soft and muted, it's perfect for home decor. The super bulky weight and the fact that it's 1 ply means the texture of this stitch really pops using the Sugarbush Chill yarn. Had there been more in my stash I may have made the whole pillow out of this yarn but you know #covid and all means I don't have access to yarn very quickly.

Now I say it's beginner friendly because it uses a 9 mm crochet hook which works up the pillow very quick, the gauge is completely forgiving and it's worked as two flat pieces measuring the same size that are slip stitched together. The gauge isn't crucial because I've included directions to size the piece perfectly to your pillow. I even included a great link to a YouTube video on how I seamed the outer edge.

I hope you find everything helpful and that you enjoy working up this design. I’m so grateful for your feedback and truly appreciate every like, share, and comment!



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· 3 balls of Lion Brand Thick and Quick (the third ball is used minimally) in Fisherman (base colour)

· 1 ball of Sugarbush Chill in Salmon (contrasting colour)

· 9 mm crochet hook

· Tapestry Needle

· 12 x 20 inch pillow or your desired size.


Not crucial for this pattern


ch - Chain

sc - single crochet

sk - skip

st - stitch

ch-sp - chain space


This is worked as two flat pieces joined using a flat slip stitch seam.

Remember to size the pillow according to directions and add the pillow to the case before seaming up the fourth side.



Ch 40 using base colour

Or if using an alternative size pillow chain until the length of chain equals the pillow length without stretching (this is important to not stretch the foundation chain or the case will not fit)

Row 1: sc in second chain from hook, *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st*. Repeat from * to * until last st, sc in last st. Ch 1 turn.

Row 2: sc in first st, sc in st below ch-sp. (When pulling the yarn through to the front pull the stitch up high enough to equal the height of your current row then finish with a yarn over and pull through). *Ch 1, sc in st below ch-sp*. Repeat from * to * until last two st, sc in st below ch-sp, sc in last st. Ch 1 turn.

Row 3: sc in first st, *ch 1, sc in st below ch-sp*. Repeat from * to * until last two st, ch 1, sc in last st. Ch 1 turn.

Repeat Row 2-3 7 more times.

Switch to alternative colour and repeat rows 2-3 8 more times. Cut yarn.

NOTE: repeating these two rows can be done as many or as few times to reach the desired height of your pillow. Just measure against the one you have and ensure you do half the base colour and half the contrasting colour.

Repeat the above written pattern in entirety for the second panel. Do not cut yarn. You will continue directly into seaming from here.

I chose to do the second panel in all Lionbrand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman colour with no contrast so I could turn the pillow cushion and have an option of a flat colour or the half and half contrast - depending on my mood of course ha!


I seamed the two sides of the case together by lying both panel right side up on the floor and following this flat seam technique used often for joining hexagons when making afghans. Once I completed the first side the seam technique was very easy and I was able to hold the two panels together (with wrong sides in) and complete two more sides.

With the last side open, stuff your pillow in - it might take some muscle - you want the pillow to fit snuggly so it doesn't loose loft or shape over time so don't be afraid if you think it won't fit. Once the pillow was in I stretched the panels a bit and continued the seam. Slip stitching to the start of the seam. Cut yarn and tie in loose ends.


I really hope you enjoyed this pattern and found the photos helpful!  I can’t wait to see all the amazing Crate Pillows you work up so please don’t forget to tag @OrchidLoop in all your pictures! 

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