• Dayna Perry

How to Crochet the That 70's Pillow Cover

Updated: May 30

Hi guys! Welcome to another crochet project that will add some character, texture, and colour to your space. At the beginning of the quarantine, my mom and I binge watched every season of That 70's Show, so this may have influenced my design a little - haha.

I'll admit that this vintage green is not for everyone, but I absolutely love it. This colour is the perfect blend of bright energy and cozy warmth, making it a great addition to any room (in my opinion). The pillow is made using two stitches: single crochet and long double crochet. The long double crochet creates loose stitches that remind me of macrame; these stitches are not as uniform as regular double crochet stitches, but I think the unevenness brings some charm to the piece.

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About this Pillow Cover:

  • It is made in two pieces (front and back); sewn together on three sides; and a zipper is placed on the fourth side to make it removable for washing.

  • The front and back panels are identical. Each panel is designed using the single crochet and long double crochet stitch (a link to a tutorial for the long double crochet is provided below).

  • This pillow cover is designed to fit a 12" x 20" pillow form.


Materials:


The Long Double Crochet

The long double crochet is exactly what it sounds like: a long double crochet stitch. If you haven't tried this stitch, prepare yourself for something fun! I've included a photo tutorial below to walk you through the stitch, but if you prefer to learn through video, here is a link to my video tutorial. Note: Tension is very important for this stitch because you want to be consistent with how much you pull to extend the stitch. The more consistent you are, the straighter your stitches will be.

  • With your 7.0mm, chain 3.

  • Pretend you are making a double crochet: Yarn over, and insert your hook into the first stitch of the row. Yarn over and draw up a loop.

  • Once you've drawn up a loop, pull upwards to extend it as far as you can (1-2"). You should have three loops on your hook.

  • Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on your hook. You should now have two loops remaining on your hook.

  • Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on your hook.

  • Repeat this process to make more long double crochet stitches!


Right Side vs. Wrong Side

Right Side: I consider the right side of the pillow cover to be the "wrong side" of the long double crochet stitch (picture to the left). The wrong side of the stitch juts out, looks a bit chaotic, and reminds me of macrame knots and loops. This is the side of the work that we want to see on the outside of our pillow cover.




Wrong Side: I consider the wrong side of the pillow cover to be the "right side" of the long double crochet stitch (picture to the right). This is the side of the work that we do not want to see, so it will be on the inside of our pillow cover.




Let's get to the pattern!

Pattern Measurements:

This pillow cover is designed to fit a 12" x 20" pillow form.

  • Front Panel: 12" x 20"

  • Back Panel: 12" x 20"


Abbreviations:

  • St(s) - stitch/stitches

  • Hk - hook

  • Ch - chain

  • Sc - single crochet

  • Long dc - long double crochet


*Gauge: Approximately 15 stitches x 8 rows in 4" x 4"

You might be tempted to skip this step, but since the insert has to fit inside of the pillow cover, it is important that your gauge is accurate before you start crocheting.

  • Ch 16

  • Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each st across. Turn. (15 sc)

  • Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (15 sc)

  • Row 3: Repeat Row 2.

  • Row 4: Ch 3, long dc in each st across. Turn. (15 long dc)

  • Row 5 - 7: Repeat Row 2.

  • Row 8: Repeat Row 4.

Pattern:

Notes:

  • Work the last stitch of each row in the beginning chain of the previous row, to create a straighter edge.

  • The front and back panels are identical, so you will be making 2 front panels.

  • The beginning chain of each row does NOT counts as a stitch.

  • All of the single crochet rows will be worked using a 5.5mm hook, and the long double crochet rows will be worked using a 7.0mm hook.

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Front Panel *Make 2:

With a 5.5mm hook:

Ch 69

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each st across (68 sc). Turn.


Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across (68 sc). Turn.

Row 3: Repeat Row 2.


With a 7.0mm hook:

Row 4: Ch 3, long dc in each st across (68 long dc). Turn.


With a 5.5mm hook:

Row 5 - 7: Repeat Row 2.

With a 7.0mm hook:

Row 8: Repeat Row 4.


With a 5.5mm hook:

Row 9 - 11: Repeat Row 2.


With a 7.0mm hook:

Row 12: Repeat Row 4.

With a 5.5mm hook:

Row 13: Repeat Row 2.


With a 7.0mm hook:

Row 14: Repeat Row 4.


With a 5.5mm hook:

Row 15: Repeat 2.


With a 7.0mm hook:

Row 16: Repeat Row 4.


With a 5.5mm hook:

Row 17 - 19: Repeat Row 2.


With a 7.0mm hook:

Row 20: Repeat Row 4.


With a 5.5mm hook:

Row 21 - 23: Repeat Row 2.


With a 7.0mm hook:

Row 24: Repeat Row 4.


With a 5.5mm hook:

Row 25 - 29: Repeat Row 2.


Fasten off and weave in ends!


*Repeat once more to make the back panel.


Sewing Your Panels and Adding a Zipper

You never know how your pillow will turn out until you sew the sides together and pop in the insert. To sew these panels together, we will be using a technique called the whip stitch. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, there is a great tutorial by Wool and the Gang to help you here.


Method:

  • Line up your front and back panels, so the wrong sides are touching, and the right sides are facing outward. Thread your yarn needle with a long strand of yarn (approx. 30 - 40"). Begin whip stitching along the three sides of your pillow cover.







For a detailed tutorial for adding in the zipper, you can find it at the bottom of the Whimsical Stripes Pillow Pattern. There is a step-by-step photo tutorial to walk you through the process.

And You're Done!

Voila! You have finished your first That 70's Pillow. Congratulations! I hope that this pillow brightens up your home, and adds some coziness to your space.

If you would like to explore some more fun and budget friendly crochet patterns on this blog, click here.


Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you've made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).


Questions?

If you have any trouble throughout the pattern and need some clarification, please feel free to send me a message through the "Contact" section of this website. I would be more than happy to help!


If you liked this pillow project, and want to make another, try the Burst of Sunshine Pillow. It's a fun, textured project that will brighten up your home, and leave you with a super soft pillow.

Thank you guys so much for following along. I can't wait to see what you create!



Love,

Dayna

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