Crochet Lion Pocket Pillow

Categories: Pillow, Doll, Crochet

This beginner-friendly crochet pillow has a pocket on the back that is the perfect size for keeping a favorite book or a tablet. It’s stuffed with Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Fiber Filling, making it plush and soft.

This is one of ten patterns by ten designers in the 2018 Softie Crochet Along. The Lion Pocket Pillow crochet pattern is available here on Underground Crafter.

What you need to make this project

Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Fiber Filling, 20 ounce bag.
Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g/364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein each in 336 Warm Brown (CA), 334 Buff (CB), and 256 Carrot (CC), or approximately 364 yd (333 m) in CA and 75 yd (68.5 m) in CB and CC in any medium weight yarn.
12 mm craft eyes (“safety eyes”) in brown - 1 pair.
13 mm oval craft nose in black - 1 piece.
US Size F-5/3.75 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Yarn needle.
Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set, or 8-12 locking stitch markers.

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Poly-Fil® Premium Fiber Fill 20 ounce Bag


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Step One

The Lion Pocket Pillow is a simple crochet pattern worked mostly flat in rows. It uses basic crochet stitches (chain, single crochet, and slip stitch), working in rows (for the Panels) and rounds (for the Muzzle and Ears), increasing, and seaming.

Finished Size

  • Pillow: 10” (25.5 cm) wide x 12” (30.5 cm) tall before stuffing.


  • 18 sc x 20 rows = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.


Step Two

If you’re new to crochet, learn the basic stitches required for this pattern with these video tutorials by Fiber Flux.

Learn how to crochet a chain with this video,…

…how to make the single crochet in this video,…

…and how to crochet the slip stitch in this video.


Step Three

For this project, you’ll start by crocheting Front and Back Panels, a Pocket Panel, a Muzzle, and Ears.

Step Four

Once the pieces are crocheted, you’ll attach seam them together, stuff the pillow, and add the Mane.

The Pocket is joined together when you assemble the pieces, and it fits a book or most tablets.