Crochet Pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground CrafterDo you remember that restless feeling from the night before Christmas in childhood? Well, even Santa needs to get some rest before the big night! The crochet Sleepy Santa Pillow pattern makes a cute and cozy pillow for any child to cuddle with. It also makes a great decorative project for cheering up your home around the holidays.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Red Heart.


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This is the last in a series of three pillows I designed for Fairfield for the holiday season, and it just might be my favorite. If you missed the other two, check out Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow and the Christmas Tree Pillow.

I did a lot of sketches before I actually finished this pillow because I had so many different ideas about how I wanted him to look. In the end, inspiration struck and I realized that Santa needs sleep, too. I remember how hard it could be for my mom to get me to bed on Christmas Eve because I didn’t want to miss out on seeing Santa.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | pillow on faux fur backgroundOriginally, I was going to make the whole project using just the Red Heart Super Saver yarn, but I’m so glad that I actually went through with using the Red Heart Loop-It yarn, too. I love how the beard and hair turned out! I included step-by-step pictures for incorporating the Loop-It yarn in the pattern.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | crocheting over Loop-It yarnAnother bonus of using the Loop-It: no need to make button holes! The yarn will keep your project closed, and you can still take off the pillow case to wash it in case of spills.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | detail of buttons on backThe nose is stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Fiber Filling. Even though it “sticks out,” the nose is pretty soft and squishy. Tip: Unlike with softies, don’t stuff the nose too much. That will let you still get some rest on this cozy pillow if necessary.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | stuffing noseIf you don’t want to give Santa a break, you could also embroider a different expression, including open eyes, on his face.

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | nose attached and preparing to embroider eyesBut seriously, don’t you want to curl up for a nap with the Sleepy Santa Pillow at your side?

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter | pillow on bed

Sleepy Santa Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Sleepy Santa Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver and Loop-It yarns with Fairfield World Crafter's Choice Pillow by Underground Crafter

Even Santa needs to get some sleep before the big night!

 

Finished Size

  • Fits a 12” (30.5 cm) square pillow form.

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein each in 319 Cherry Red (CA), 311 White (CB), 334 Buff (CC), and 312 Black (CD), or approximately 168 yd (153.5 m) in CA, 105 yd (96 m) in CB, 55 yd (50 m) in CC, and 5 yd (4.5 m) in CD in any medium weight yarn.
  • Red Heart Loop-It yarn (100% polyester, 3.5 oz/100 g, 7.6 yd/7 m) – 1 skein in 115 Snow Way (CE), or approximately 5 yd (4.5 m) in any jumbo weight loop yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle with eye small enough to sew through buttons.
  • 75” (2 cm) sew through or shank button – 4 buttons.
  • Stitch marker.
  • Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Basic Pillow Form.
  • Small amount of Fairfield Poly-Fil Fiber Filling.

Gauge

  • 15 sc = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

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Crochet Pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground CrafterNorman Buttons the Snowman Pillow is a beginner-friendly free crochet pattern for a festive, winter pillow that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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I love searching for good finds in my grandmother’s button collection. I can always rediscover some buttons for a project. (If you also love the combination of buttons and crochet, you may like my free crochet pattern for the Layered Button Cuff.)

Free crochet pattern: Layered Button Cuff in Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton by Underground Crafter | After 10 years, I finally organized my grandmother's button collection using a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer. With buttons now at the ready, I used a soft cotton yarn to make a fun accessory. Make it your own by changing up yarn colors or using different styles of buttons.When I started working out my design for Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow, I knew I would need a lot of buttons. I wanted them to match, too, so I had a little adventure and stroll down memory lane in the button boxes.

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground Crafter - supplies

There’s a bit of sewing involved when putting together this snowman pillow, since you’ll need to add his hat and carrot nose to his face.

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground Crafter - front pieces ready for assembly

As for the crochet parts, you’ll make a front panel in the round. That’s where Norman Buttons’s face will get his character. Then you’ll crochet all the other pieces (the back panel,  buttonhole panel, carrot nose, and hat) flat in rows. You’ll seem it all together with sturdy single crochet, so you can get years of holiday fun out of Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow!

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground Crafter - back of pillow

I like to include button bands on my pillows so you can easily remove the pillow cover for washing. With two cats with sensitive stomachs, I know all about removing pillowcases. Enjoy!

Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free crochet pattern: Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow by Underground CrafterBring some cheer inside on a cold day with this classic snowman pillow.

 

Finished Size

  • Fits a 12” (30.5 cm) square pillow form.

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein each in 311 White (CA), 334 Buff (CB), 256 Carrot (CC), and 312 Black (CD), or approximately 40 yd (36.5 m) in CA, 225 yd (206 m) in CB, 15 yd (14 m) in CC, and 40 yd (36.5 m) in CD in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle with eye small enough to sew through buttons.
  • Sew through or shank buttons:
    • 0.75” (2 cm) buttons – 6 for smile,
    • 1.5” (4 cm) buttons – 2 for eyes, and
    • 0.875” (2.5 cm) buttons – 2 for back closure.
  • Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Basic Pillow Form.
  • Stitch marker or scrap yarn.

Gauge

  • Front Panel = 6.5” (16.5 cm) diameter through Rnd 6 in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

If you make your own Norman Buttons the Snowman Pillow, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Crochet Pattern: Christmas Tree Pillow

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground CrafterI’ve been working on a set of free crochet patterns for Christmas and winter pillows for Fairfield, and I’m excited to reveal the first one. The Christmas Tree Pillow is a simple pattern that you can make as a gift or to add some holiday cheer to your own home.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This project is sponsored by Fairfield World, but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional supplies for this project were provided by Red Heart and Clover.

MC and I haven’t had a Christmas tree for the past few years. We live in an apartment with two bad lively cats, so I decided to improvise with crochet trees. I’ve made ornaments and softies, so this year it was time for a Christmas Tree Pillow!

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground Crafter - supplies flat layThis project is simple enough for a beginner. The pillow background and the Christmas tree applique are crocheted flat in rows. The star is crocheted in the round.

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground Crafter - Christmas tree appliqueI included detailed assembly instructions and linked to a seaming tutorial, so don’t be overwhelmed by all the pieces. (Especially since there are only three pieces.)

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground Crafter - finished pillow flat layAnd, best of all, the shell edging actually forms a button hole so you can button the pillowcase on the back. This means it’s easy to slip the pillowcase off if you need to wash it because of a spill, or if you want to change the pillowcase seasonally.

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground Crafter - finished project back flat layMy free crochet pattern for the L Square Pillow fits the same Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form, by the way, and that one is easy to customize in team colors. You could wrap both pillowcases together with one pillow for a gift that can be used year round!


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Christmas Tree Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

Christmas Tree Pillow, free crochet pattern in Red Heart Super Saver stuffed with Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form by Underground CrafterUse simple shapes to create a decorative holiday pillow.

 

Finished Size

  • Fits a 12” (30.5 cm) square pillow form.

Materials

  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g, 364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein each in 311 White (CA), 368 Paddy Green (CB), 365 Coffee (CC), and 321 Gold (CD), or approximately 315 yd (288 m) in CA, 75 yd (68.5 m) in CB and CC, and 15 yd (13.5 m) in CD in any medium weight yarn.
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle with eye small enough to sew through buttons.
  • 1” (2.5 cm) sew through or shank button.
  • Fairfield Crafter’s Choice 12” x 12” Pillow Form.
  • Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set.

Gauge

  • 14.5 sc = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Get the free crochet pattern here on the Fairfield website.

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Crochet Pattern: L Square Pillow

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5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter with free crochet pattern for L Square Pillow Besides having survived college myself and working as a Resident Assistant while I was a student, since graduating many moons ago, I’ve worked in higher education for about a decade in student services, academic affairs, and as a professor. That’s why I’m so excited today to share my five tips for helping you to get your teen ready to live in a dorm room or off-campus apartment, along with a quick crochet pattern for the L Square Pillow, a decorative project you can use to add a touch of handmade to your teen’s dorm room.

 This post is sponsored by CollegeCovered.com, but all opinions and ideas are my own. This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Materials for the tutorial were provided by Fairfield and Red Heart.

If you have a high school senior at home applying to college, you’re reading this at the perfect time. You have almost a year to prepare her or him (and yourself!) for the big “move in” day. To get you started, here are my five tips.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment

1: Pack light.

It will be tempting to pack tons of stuff from your room at home — but don’t. Most dorm rooms are pretty small and even if you’ll be living in a larger, off-campus apartment, packing, unpacking, and moving can take up a lot of time and money that would be better used for studying or campus activities. Spend the next few months thinking about what’s really essential and paring down what you plan to bring.

2: Personalize.

Dorms can be a bit dull, and there may be times when your teen will feel homesick, so be sure to pack what s/he will need to make a room feel like a new home. Use your teen’s favorite colors for sheets or an area rug. Instead of buying everything new, pack some of your teen’s favorite decorations from home. (This will also help you save some money that your teen can use for books and other expenses.) If your teen is crafty, be sure to remind her or him to bring some handmade projects, like the L Square Pillow, to add a personal touch to the room. You can find more ways to Make the Dorm Room Yours here. 5 Tips for Getting Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter with free crochet pattern for the L Square Pillow in Red Heart Super Saver yarn using a Fairfield Crafter's Choice 12" x 12" Pillow

3: Don’t forget the memories.

Okay, I know I said to pack light but if your teen brings things with sentimental value, you can help s/he can find some emotional (as well as physical) comfort in his or her room after a long night of studying. Remind your teen to collect pictures and playlists from friends so s/he can have a bit of nostalgia when necessary. If you know your teen won’t want to announce that s/he’s missing home to the world, think ahead. Collect bits of old jeans from close friends and sew up a set of DIY Denim Pocket Pillows. Your teen will be able to think back on fun times and the new roommate will be none the wiser. 5 Tips for Getting Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter You can find more tips in 5 Ways to Stay Close To Your Best Friend Before Leaving for College.

4: Be gentle to the walls.

Most dorms and rental apartments do not want you to damage the walls with nails or by painting. Pack removable vinyl decor or hang lightweight posters and pictures with adhesive putty. Crochet bunting is another lightweight (and easy to pack) project that can add a lot of color without damaging dorm walls.

5: Start teaching your teen how to live on her/his own.

If you’ve never done your own laundry or can’t cook to save your life, there’s still time to figure these things out. Talk to your parents, grandparents, or guardians about letting you take on more responsibility at home or teaching you how to prepare your favorite dinner. Not only will knowing how to take care of yourself make college life easier, it’s also a great way to make friends! Trust me, if you cook a homemade dinner in the common area or help a floor mate with laundry, you will be a hero(ine). (And, if your parents aren’t ready to let go, just email them the link to How to Encourage Independence in a College-Bound Graduate.)

If you make your own L Square Pillow, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies.  Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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L Square Pillow

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter Get cozy with this simple motif envelope pillow case.

 

Finished Size

  • 12” (30.5 cm) square.

Materials

Gauge

  • Square in pattern = 4” (10 cm) square. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used In This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd – Round
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * + Repeat instructions following asterisk/plus sign as indicated.
  • () Instructions within parenthesis are worked into indicated stitch or space.
  • [] Repeat instructions in brackets as indicated.

Pattern Note

Pattern Instructions L Square (Make 11 starting with CA and make 10 starting with CB)

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L Square (starting with CA).
  • With first color, ch 4, sk 3 ch, join with sl st to next ch to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, [ch 2, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 1, sc (counts as ch-1 sp, here and throughout) to top of ch 3 to join. (12 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same sp, [*dc in next 3 sts,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp] 3 times, rep from * to ** once, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc to top of ch 3 to join. (28 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same sp, +[*dc in next 7 sts,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp], rep from * to **, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp++ changing to second color in final yo of last dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, rep from + to ++, ch 2, sl st to top of ch 3 to join. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming.
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L Square (starting with CB).

Assemble front panel

  • With right sides facing and using yarn tail, follow assembly diagram to join squares on back with slip stitch seam (see Pattern Note) starting in ch before dc and ending in ch after dc on every square.

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  • Join rows together in same manner following assembly diagram.

Assemble back panels

  • Join back panels in the same manner as front panel following assembly diagram.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter Assemble pillow

  • Position front panel with right side up.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter

  • Position both back panels over front panel, with center rows overlapping.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter

  • Join yarn with sl st to any corner ch-2 sp. With right sides facing, join front and back panels with slip stitch seam (see Pattern Note) starting in ch before dc and ending in ch after dc on every square and working through all 3 layers at overlapping rows.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter   Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
  • Turn pillowcase right side out.

5 Tips for Getting Your Teen Ready to Live in a Dorm Room or Off-Campus Apartment with CollegeCovered.com by Underground Crafter

  • Insert pillow form into pillowcase.
  • Enjoy your new pillow!

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© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/11/09/crochet-pattern-l-square-pillow-with-collegecoveredcom. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own L Square Pillow, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies.  Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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