Last week I saw the most adorable Blooming Flower Pot Holder made by Days of Yarning and featured on Hookin on Hump Day. I knew immediately I needed to make this into a pillow for my baby girl (I'm 23 weeks pregnant this week). I had just purchased the Daisy Garden Nursery Bedding from Pottery Barn Kids and this blooming flower would go perfectly with my theme!
The pattern for the pot holder is almost the exact same pattern as the Blooming Flower Cushion made by Attic 24 (another favorite pattern of mine!). The directions and photos of the cushion really helped and gave me an idea of how I wanted to make the back of my pillow. Although you can always follow her directions on how she made the back of her cushion :) Best part is, both of these patterns are free!!
Here is the yarn I used:
- Lion Brand Pound of Love Pink (this is the light pink color and an exact match to the light pink in the Pottery Barn bedding!)
- Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Pink Poodle (this is the darker pink color)
- Lion Brand Vanna's Choice 101 Pink (this is the more peachy looking color)
- Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aran (this matches the soft yellow perfectly!!)
I made a total of 8 rounds of flower ruffles with a size H crochet hook. The finished top piece measured a little over 12 inches. HERE is the free tutorial I followed.
I wanted the back of the pillow to be worked in continuous rounds. I didn't want any kind of seam to show and I wanted to use HDC's (instead of DC's) to make the stitches smaller and tighter. So I began with a magic ring of 10 HDC's and kept increasing my rounds until I had the same number of stitches as the last round of the top piece. You MUST have the same number of stitches on the last round of both of your pieces so they will match up when you sew them together at the end.
Here is how I increased my rounds:
Magic Ring, 10 HDC in ring, continue to crochet in rounds,
Round 2: 2 HDC in each stitch around (20 HDC)
Round 3: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next, repeat round (30 HDC)
Round 4: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 2, repeat around (40 HDC)
Round 5: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 3, repeat around (50 HDC)
Round 6: 2 HDC in first stitch, HDC in next 4, repeat around (60 HDC)
See the pattern of increases? Keep going until you get the same amount of stitches (or very close to the same amount of stitches) as your top piece.
When you are done increasing, continue to HDC in each stitch around until your pillow back is at the desired length. It will start to curve in, like a big hat. This is ok because you will either be stuffing it with poly-fil OR you could buy a pillow insert like I did.
I purchased this 12 inch pillow insert from Amazon.com:
Here is what the back of the pillow looked like when I was done making my rounds. Do not fasten off because next you will crochet the front and back pieces together.
I put the back piece over the pillow insert and laid the top piece over. I crocheted the last round of both pieces together using a SC stitch. You will want to work in both loops of the back piece and the the remaining front loop in the last row of your top piece.
I like the ridge it made right under the top ruffles. I thought it made a nice finished edge on the pillow.
You can make your pillow as large or small as you want by increasing or decreasing the rounds. And keep in mind that yarn stretches easily so it may look smaller when you are crocheting it, but larger after you stuff it.
Here is a look at the back of the pillow. Notice there is no ugly seam! Just a beautiful continuous spiral.