I like my new couch pillow!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

 Ugh, when we got our used loveseat last year for $30 (off Kijiji.ca), it came with it's throw pillows too. They are ugly and sometimes it grosses me out that we have kept them. I did wash them before we put them to use, but still.. So I've been wanting some new pillows in our living room. MAN! Are throw pillows expensive, or what?! At Walmart they are 12 to 19 bucks a piece! ... am I cheap??? .. cause I passed...

Then I saw these awesome adorable crocheted pillows 

.. and I started to day dream :) 
.. then whipped out some yarn and a crochet hook! 

.. and got to work

Following this youtube video tutorial, I crocheted two circles. Each one has 12 rows of double crochet. I still don't understand how to make a FLAT circle! It kept puckering. 

{ewwww my hands look so gross and wrinkly! I guess that's the cold Canada weather for ya!}

I put right sides of crochet together {I like the "wrong" side of the crochet better than what is actually the "right" side.. I think I'm right.. maybe not.. but whatever side is facing me while I stitch, I liked that side better}, and then I stitched them together by slip stitching around...

.. and leaving a part open for stuffing. I actually stitched it closed more than the picture shows.. I just didn't take another photo of it after I did it. It was probably about 6 or 7 inches open. 
Then I stuffed it with 100% polyester stuffing after I turned the material right side out. I cut some material from an old white sheet to line the insides so stuffing won't pop through, but .. not sure how long that's going to last. I guess I hadn't thought that step out all that well! The material pieces will shift I'm sure and the stuffing will most likely pop out here and there someday. oh well! 
After stuffing it I slipped stitched it closed with a much smaller hook, because the slip stitch creates a raised stitching and I wanted it to look as less noticeable as I could get it. I didn't know any other way to close it up and I don't have a big needle for yarn. 
But I managed to finish it and here it is all comfy and cute on our couch.

I found the two gray throw pillows yesterday- 2 for $5. They're smaller and thinner than I would prefer, but they're alright until I become rich. They have zippers and an insert inside, so I can redo them sometime if I want. I don't know why they look shiny in the photo, because they're not. They'll also go with the colors I'd like for our bedroom, so maybe they'll eventually find their way in there.

And here's me enjoying my new made-by-me pillow!

.. it's pretty comfy! 

I'd like to make a few more for the living room in some fun bright colors!

What do you think? Am I becoming too crochet happy? .. because the last several posts have been all about crochet! haha! 


At Home With Michelle said...

You really do well at crochet, are you going to ever sell on etsy? I love the pillows and dollies, and scarf and other items you have made, I bet you would do well, I absolutely LOVE the pillows:)

Cheri said...

Love the pillow! I was reading all your crochet posts (love those label clouds!) and saw that you just taught yourself to crochet via You Tube videos in January. Me too!!! I am currently struggling on some patterns....need a video! lol Love love love crocheting....helps me tune out my nerve pain! So far, have made a scarf, fingerless gloves, a cowl, 2 hats....have you discovered Ravelry yet? It is AWESOME. Here is my ravelry page:


Patterns, forums, inspiration....

Oh, and it would be really great if I could figure out my stitch gauge - I am a loose crocheter!

I'm also posting on my blog. New follower to your blog!