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While the cooler weather may not have hit Texas yet, the fact that it is September means that is officially okay for me to start crafting with all the fall things. So I am bringing out all the pumpkins, fall colors, and yarn to make my home full of cozy fall decor! This faux latch hook pillow has been on my mind for a few months, but I couldn’t add the fluffy yarn covered pillow to my space in the full 100 degree heat of summer, so now that fall is approaching I knew it would be the perfect project to add that does of hygge to my home.
While it may look super complex and intimidating, this is one yarn project that is good for even the novice crafters and can be completed in one afternoon. Good luck saying that about any other latch hook project! Not only can you complete it quickly, but JOANN has everything you need (including the pillow blanks) to make this pillow! So one quick trip to JOANN (who’s kidding, it’s always a long trip when I’m at JOANN), and you will have everything you need to get started on your own latch hook design right away.
As you can see, I went with a modified fall colored rainbow for my latch hook pillow design, but you can easily make any pattern that you want.
Materials to make your own DIY Faux Latch Hook Pillow:
- Yarn (medium to thick weight) – for this 20″ by 20″ pillow, I used two skeins of cream yarn, and one skein of each of the colored yarn
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
- Pillow case (more options are available in store)
- Pillow insert
The faux part of this project comes from the fact that there isn’t actually any latching or hooking involved. Instead, you can mimic the look of real latch hook by creating tons of small tassels that are then hot glued onto the pillow case (they can always be hand stitched on for an extra tight hold).
Because of the need for tons of tassels, the first step in creating your pillow is deciding on your design. I went with a rainbow because I knew it would be easy to create. However, you can do color blocking, a two toned circle, or any simple design you like for your own pillow. Once you have your design and your yarn colors picked out. It is time to create all the tassels. I found it easiest to place tassels on the flat pillow case as I made them to form my design. That way, I could see how many more I needed of each color.
For each tassel you will want to lay out 12 strands of yarn and cut them to appx. 4″ long. Then tie a piece of 6″ long yarn around the center of the strands to secure them. Next, fold over the yarn at the knot to create your tassel. Now make 100’s of these!
Once you have all your tassels made, it is start to glue them on to your pillow case. If you are making a complex design, you can use a pencil to trace your design onto the pillow case. For me, I just started with the largest arch of the rainbow and worked inwards. Then I completed the pillow with by filling in the all the negative space with white yarn tassels.
To glue on the tassels, add a large dollop of glue to the pillow case. Then, press the knot of the tassel into the glue. Hold until it cools and then repeat with the other tassels making them fairly close together.
Once you have all your tassels glued on, take your scissors and trim down the yarn. This creates a short latch hook look and cleans up your design. Finally, remove any yarn trimmings, add your pillow insert and your pillow is ready to adorn your couch for fall!
Doesn’t it look like the real thing?! Like I spent weeks painstakingly latching and hooking each piece of yarn? Ready to give it a shot? Be sure to head to your local JOANN (or shop online) to grab all your supplies! Now tell me, what design would you make?
Looking for another way to use yarn to decorate a pillow? Take a look at this pom pom pillow I made a few years ago!