Butterfly 2 in 1 Pajama Case & Cushion

This design is an incredibly versatile pattern.  I am using this as a place to keep my daughters PJ’s safe on her bed, but it could also be used as a regular pillow, by making a few adjustments and adding a pillow form.  You could even use the chart to create a butterfly for a blanket, the side of a bag or a wall hanging??

Whatever you decide to make from my pattern, I’d love to see it!

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To make this pattern for a 12″ x 12″ pillow form, simply add 5 white rows at the beginning, and 5 white rows at the end.

The front panel (butterfly) is made using the intarsia crochet technique, you drop your working yarn for the new yarn needed, if using this colour again soon you can loosely carry the yarn across the back of your work.  For some sections you will find it easier to wind a small ball for each colour.

To change colour – Make the last step of your last stitch in the new colour, so….for the last yarn over, pull though two loops on your hook – do this with your new colour.

The begining on every row on the front panel starts with Yarn A – White.

Ch1 does NOT count as a stitch, Ch3 does count as a stitch.

You will need:

Knitcraft Cotton Blend, Available from Hobbycraft (They ship worldwide!!)

one ball of each colour….

A – White

B – Coral

C – Mustard

D – Teal

E – Denim

F – Lilac

G – Purple


Alternatively you could purchase:

James C.Brett Cotton on DK, in shades:

one ball of each colour….

A – shade 1

B – shade 23

C – shade 21

D- shade 28

E- shade 11

F- shade 5

G- shade 9


4mm hook,
Darning needle



19 stitches x 23 rows (sc) = 4″ x 4″


13.5″ x 11.5″ including border.


Ch – chain

Sl st – slip stitch

St – stitch

Sc – Single crochet – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through two loops on your hook. (UK – Double Crochet)

Dc – Double crochet – yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over pull through stitch, yarn over pull through two loops on your hook, yarn over pull through two loops. (UK – Treble Crochet)

FLO – Front loop only –  Work your stitch into just the front loop of the regular ‘V’ (the one closest to you)

BLO- Back loop only – Work your stitch into just the back loop of the regular ‘V’ (the one furthest from you)

Ch3 Picot – Chain 3 Picot – chian 3, slip stitch into the back bump of the 3rd chain from the hook.

(The back bump of the chain can be found when you twist the chain towards you, it’s the little bump on its own)


You will find the FREE chart below,

but if you’d prefer….. I have a clearly written pattern (for those that prefer written instructions), beautifully laid out, with full photo tutorial, ‘advert free’ printable PDF version available to purchase from:

  • Deramores … ~ (PDF or in a Kit using James C. Brett)
  • Etsy …
  • Ravelry …….here
  • Love Crochet ……here



OK let’s start!


Front Panel


start in the bottom right hand corner.

each square = sc (UK dc)

Colours from the bottom up are : coral – mustard – teal – denim – lilac – purple

body of the butterfly is also teal.

Fasten off and sew in your ends

Back Panel 1

Using Purple, Ch 62.

Row 1: Dc in the 4th ch from the hook, dc in each st across, ch3 turn [60]

Row 2: Dc in FLO in each st across, ch3 turn.

Row 3: Dc in BLO in each st across, ch3 turn.

Row 4-19: Repeat rows 2 & 3 retrospectively.

Back Panel 2

Using Coral

Make exactly the same as panel 1, stopping after row 12.

Fasten off & weave in all ends.


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Lay the butterfly piece face down, place the purple peice on top of it towards the bottom half (ridge side up) then lay the coral piece towards the top, over lapping the purple piece (ridge side up)

Using white, sc around the whole cushion, one sc in each st, 3 sc in each corner.

Picot Border

Using lilac, Join yarn anywhere.

*Ch3 picot, skip 1 st, sl st into next st, repeat from * until you reach the corner.

Ch3 picot into the corner (do not skip a st)sl at into the next st, ch3 picot (do not skip a st) sl st into the next st, repeat from *

To finish, sl st into the same space as your first ch3 picot.

Fasten off, weave in all ends and enjoy!!

11 thoughts on “Butterfly 2 in 1 Pajama Case & Cushion

  1. This is GORGEOUS!! I just finished a 6-color C2C wall hanging (using yarn bobbins, wound on my fingers, then wrapped a bit around the center and ends tucked in) and must catch my breath with easy pieces, but I am bookmarking THIS page. I love working with DK yarn. I love the stunning simplicity… Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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