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This free crochet pattern is for a Present Pillow that has a large bow in the front. The pattern uses soft Bernat Blanket yarn to make it very snuggly.
It was last Christmas when my hubby and I were sitting in the family room relaxing and watching Christmas Vacation with our kids. Right in that
My kids joked and said, “Wrap up the cat and give it as a present.” Of course, we would never do that, but I needed to come up with an idea.
To top it all off, we also ran out of wrapping paper. So, my hubby laughed and said, “I wished we had a present that does not need to be wrapped!”
That’s when I came up with the idea to create a pillow that also is a gift – a Present Pillow with a huge bow in the front (just like in Christmas Vacation lol).
I had plenty of yarn. So I got to work right away. Of course, at the time I did not write down the pattern which meant I had to remake it later. I remembered the Present Pillow again in Summer and started remaking it and believe it or not, I got distracted and did not get it finished until just now, a year after I originally had the idea.
It’s as funny as Christmas Vacation. I don’t know anyone who does not love that movie!
Anyways, the Present Pillow is made with Bernat Blanket yarn which is not only super soft, but also nice and bulky so the project itself works up within a few hours. Trust me, I write down the time, how much it takes me to make a pattern.
Don’t judge me. I know it took way too long to write down the pattern. I am laughing while writing this, cause it is such an irony that I needed a quick present for a friend, but it took me forever to write up the pattern.
Let me not hold you up anymore. Let’s get to the pattern. 🙂
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How to crochet the Present Pillow with Bow
- Bernat Blanket yarn in the colors
- Vintage White (2 skeins)
- Purple Plum (1-2 skeins depending on your tension)
- 9 mm hook
- tapestry needle
- Pillow Cushion 18×18 inches, hypoallergenic
Stitches used (US terms):
Click HERE to learn these basic stitches
- ch = chain
hdc= half double crochet
1 row x 2 sts = 1 square inch
18 x 18 inches
Make a chain of 36 in vintage white
(you’re going in continues rounds)
R1: crochet in the back bump: starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1
R2-11: 1 hdc in each st (70 sts)
Change color to purple plum
R12-14: 1 hdc in each st (70 sts)
Cut color and change back to vintage white
R15-22: 1 hdc in each st (70 sts)
Now, insert your pillow into the cover and sew up the opening using the whip stitch.
Using Purple Plum, ch 6
R1: starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 hdc in each ch (5 sts)
R2-43: 1 hdc in each st, turn
Fasten off and use the ends to connect the ends and sew them together to make a loop. Now attach the loop the Pillow so it makes an “X” with the ribbon part that was already crocheted. You can sew the ribbon to the pillow if you like, but if you do wait till you’ve added the bow.
Using Purple Plum, ch 71
R1: starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 hdc in each ch (70 sts)
R2-6: 1 hdc in each st, turn
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
Now make the little flap that goes over the bow to hold it all together.
Using Purple Plum, ch 16
R1: starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 hdc in each ch (15 sts)
R2: 1 hdc in each st. Keep a long tail to use for sewing.
Fasten off and use your ends to sew up the ends when making the bow. In order to make the bow, fold the large rectangle piece such that ends fold over. Now squish the middle together and lay the small flap over and sew the ends together.
Now sew the bow (where you just sewed the flap together) to the ribbon on the pillow. At this point, if you wish, you can also sew the ribbon to the pillow.
The Break-Through Moment: What to do with the Present Pillow?
Now, that you made the Present Pillow, you can do a lot of things with it. You can simply use it for yourself. It is so cuddly, I’m glad I made a second one for just me and my family.
Of course, you can also gift it to a special someone. And yes you can wrap it, even though it already looks like a present. lol
And in my opinion, it also makes a great craft showpiece which you can sell (do not sell the pattern). I’m pretty sure many people will love it.
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