How to Make a Shag Pillow
Add a little '70s style to any space by making a shag pillow using the latch hook rug technique.
- variety of yarn in desired color palette
- hook rug canvas
- latch hook needle
- straight pins
- embroidery needle and floss
- pillow cover and form
Cut Small Pieces of Yarn
You will need an abundance of small pieces of yarn (about 2-3 inches long). To quicken this process and to keep the sizes consistent, wrap the yarn around a gift or credit card, and cut at the top and bottom of the wrapped yarn (Images 1 and 2 below).
Cut the Canvas to Size
You'll notice the hook rug canvas has blue guide lines that form squares. To make our pillow, we cut the canvas to 5x5 squares, cutting one line outside the blue line.
Attach the Yarn
The latch hook needle has a gate that opens and closes to prevent the needle from getting stuck on the canvas (Image 1 below). To knot the yarn onto the canvas, hook and insert the needle past the gate (Image 2 below). Hook two pieces of yarn onto the needle (Image 3 below), and pull the yarn halfway through the canvas (Image 4 below).
Next, push the needle up again and hook the yarn tails (Images 1 and 2 below), pulling back through the loop to form a knot (Images 3 and 4 below). Repeat this process in your desired pattern until the entire canvas is covered.
Sew the Canvas Onto the Pillow
Center the canvas on the pillow cover (Image 1 below), and pin it in place (Image 2 below). Stitch the canvas at the edges onto the pillow cover using an embroidery needle and floss (Image 3 below). Remove the pins, and insert the pillow into the cover.