Crochet Blooming Flower Pillow

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.

Here is a look at the back of the pillow. Notice there is no ugly seam! Just a beautiful continuous spiral.

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.

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  1. says

    It looked complicated from your fb post but the pics you have here look super easy! I love it! You are very creative. Everything you make is adorable/pretty :) Your patterns are the best :)

  2. says

    The pillow is beautiful and it makes a perfect set. You obviously have a good eye for color and design. I shared you picture on facebook and have received inquiries about a custom order of the pillow. I referred them to your facebook page. I did not know if you do work for sale and did not want to take business from a fellow crafter.

  3. says

    Beautiful pillow!!! I'm also at a 23 week and will also have a girl, but unfortunately don't know how to crochet big things, only tiny doilies ;))))
    Your works are great!
    Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy period 😉
    Hugs,
    Alexandra.

  4. says

    I'm almost finished with the Attic 24 blossom pillow (all in green), but have been blowing it off for other projects. I might have to try your back pattern (if I ever finish the front).

  5. says

    Love it, I have a one month old granddaughter but I like it so much I think I want to have a matching set for her and I. Beautiful job!

  6. says

    OMG this pillow is so precious and I'm jealous. I'm a new crocheter and I'm not sure I can handle this project but I will be pinning it for when I do get better skilled! Thanks for sharing on Happy Hour Projects! Jill @ Mama Ging

  7. says

    That Blooming Pillow looks EXACTLY like Lucy's Pillow over Attic 24!
    I saw another site credit you with this design, too.
    Lucy designed and posted a LONG time ago. She is such a dear person, I don't want to see someone else taking credit for HER designs (and she has a LONG, detailed photo-tutorial as well.
    I don't know where your tutorial link leads, because my security blocked it (and I KNOW it does not block Lucy – I was just a her site today.
    (for the record, I do NOT know Lucy personally – I live in USA and have NEVER been to England) But if someone does all that work, they really ought to get credit!
    That was one of the first things I crocheted 3 years ago!

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