It’s official, I am bored with my house.
I re-decorated almost everywhere three years ago, and last week I came to the frustrating realisation that I don’t really like any of it anymore.
Since my daughter was born two years ago my tastes are not the only thing to have changed. What I want from my home has too.
“So what?” I hear you say. “What does this have to do with making a cushion cover?”
Well, funnily enough the first thing I started work on last week was my living room. And I am basing it around a cushion that existed originally only in my head.
Handmade Crochet Furnishings
I have always been a fan of stipey cushions, but my current ones are no longer looking their best after a couple of years of rounds in the washing machine (thanks in the most part to baby vomit and toddler muck!).
Whether my husband likes it or not, the house is officially going to become even more filled with handmade items than it was before.
I love the look of handmade furnishings, and the homely feel that they give to a place.
Which, in a long and rambling fashion, is why my new stripe cushions will be made by me!
Crochet Colours and Textures
For my cushions I have chosen to use two different types of yarn.
I used these highly contrasting materials to give an impression of density to the cushion upon completion, which I hope you will agree was achieved in the end result!
You can use whatever colours you want, from bright and bold colours for a funky teenagers room, to rich contrasting colours for the living room. But the finished look shown in the photos will be achieved through using those varying textures.
Crochet Cushion Cover Equipment
For one cushion cover I used more than half of a 400g ball of thick yarn and about the same of a 100g ball for the stripes.
Buy a blank square cushion pad. They are available from Amazon for a very reasonable price for a set of 6, as long as you have sufficient storage space!
Make sure you have enough yarn in your desired colours before you start to avoid frustration later on!
You will need some scissors and a 4mm crochet hook for this pattern.
How to Crochet a Striped Cushion Cover
Here’s how I crochet my striped cushion cover:
Row 1: First make a chain approximately 73 stitches long.
It’s not often you will hear me use the word ‘approximately’ when giving crochet instructions, but this is one of those cases where losing count might just result in you losing your marbles.
Double crochet (UK) into the next 70 stitches
At the end of the row chain chain two
Row 3: Double crochet into each stitch and chain two again at the end
Row 4 – 11: Double crochet into the third stitch.
Double crochet into each subsequent stitch until the end of each row, where you will chain 2.
At the end of row 11, change colour before your chain two
Row 12 – 13: Double crochet into the third stitch.
Double crochet into each stitch until the end of each row, where you will chain 2.
Creating the Blanket Basis
Using the pattern of stitching described, colour change as follows:
14-19: Main colour
22-27: Main colour
30-34: Main colour
37-42: Main colour
45-65: Main colour (this is where your cover will fold when you are done)
68-73: Main colour
76-81: Main colour
84-89: Main colour
92-97: Main colour
100-110: Main colour
Follow the pattern shown above to build up what will initially look like a long striped blanket.
Finishing off your Crochet Cushion Cover
To complete your cushion, take the two short ends of your blanket, and double crochet them together.
Continue your double crochets down the first side of your cushion, and tie off.
Into the open side, insert your cushion pad.
Chain two into the first stitch of your joining row, where you began to sew the blanket together.
From this chain, double crochet the remaining open side of the cover together.
Once closed, chain two at the closed corner and then double crochet along the bottom row of your cushion.
This row is entirely aesthetic to make your cushion appear balanced upon completion.
To complete simply join your row onto the end of your first joint with two single chain stitches.
Have fun picking different colours and textures. Remember you can play around with the sizes of your stripes too!
Why not share your cushion cover projects in the comments section below?