Acre of Land Pillow Tutorial and Earth Week Giveaway

In honor of Earth Week, take a moment and create some recycled and upcycled crafts. Green crafting is a hot trend right now, and for good reason!  Not only are recycled and upcycled crafts more cost-effective to create, but they also help reduce our carbon footprint.   As they say, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”, or “one person’s recycling bin is another’s supply store.” To honor the Earth and all that it encompasses, and its sister sites are challenging you to craft green. This small challenge comes with big reward. Return daily to enter to win one of two exciting Earth Week prizes. Find the contest rules and enter below.

FaveCrafts-Earth-Week-Logo*This contest is now over. Please enjoy the free pattern below.

Today is day two of Earth Week, and we’re keeping the momentum going strong with this adorable pattern by Allison Hoffman from Crafty is Cool. With this free crochet pattern, you’ll learn how to make your very own pillow pattern that honors the beauty of our planet Earth. This irresistible pattern is great to keep on display in the living room, play room, or child’s bedroom.

Acre of Land Pillow

I promise, you will never be able to find an acre of land this cheap anywhere else! Crochet yourself your very own little pillow pal with this free crochet pattern. The Acre of Land Pillow is one of the cutest crochet patterns ever. Complete with arms, legs, and a friendly face, this little guy features a forest, apple orchard, river, and a lake. This pillow is a great project to make for Earth Day, and it would also be a great teaching tool for toddlers and young children. Kids will love not only playing with this pillow, but also resting their head on this friendly free acre of land. Get the free pattern tutorial here.

 Earth and Sky ScarfCelebrate Earth Day with even more patterns!

  1. Earth Day Crochet Patterns & Knit Patterns
  2. Earth and Sky Scarf
  3. Upcycled Plarn Grocery Tote
  4. Pop Tab Plarn Bracelet
  5. T-Shirt Bracelet

Earth Week Giveaway

Return daily to comment on the blog for your chance to win one of the two Earth Week prizes. One lucky winner will win a Wool Felt Bug Kit and an Art Journal Kit from Arterro, and another lucky winner will win two hanks of At the Bahamas: Multi Colored Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon Yarn from Darn Good Yarn.

Bonus! As a gift to all Earth Week participants, when shopping with Arterro enter the coupon code FAVE20 for 20% off any order through May 1st.

Arterro Art Journal KitArterro Wool Felt Bug Kit

At the Bahamas Yarn


  • There is a maximum of one entry per person per day. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied. You can comment once a day on each blog post.
  • Winners will be selected at random from the comments on the Earth Week blog posts.
  • Winners will be announced here on the blog on April 29th as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until April 28th, 2013 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on any of the Earth Week posts. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

Have you ever used eco-friendly or recycled yarn before? Tell us about it below!


  1. Heather says

    I want to make a pillow for my classroom! We do the whole second half of the year with an earth focus!

  2. Msmags says

    I have used Peaches & Cream 100% USA cotton yarn to make dishcloths…leaves that many less sponges in the trash. One day I was sitting making a dishcloth to get my daughter into using them and decided “why can’t I make clothing from this too” Well come to find out it really wasn’t all my idea because I found a great pattern for a summer hat using cotton yarn. So now I am venturing into a vest made from cotton yarn. I do tend not to use colors because the dyes bleed. Oh Peaches & Cream labels are made from recycled paper. We are all trying to do our share on a regular basis not just on Earth Day.
    Blessed be.

  3. Daryl Reese says

    I recycled yarn from a previous garment to crochet a smaller tank top. The Acre of Land Pillow is adorable- my grandson and I would love it. Thank you.

  4. says

    have never tried recycle materials for a craft project but would be willing to try almost anything once. even an attempt at the cute pillow you are giving away

  5. Johnene P says

    I have never used eco friendly yarn but I have recycled yarn from unfinished projects to make something else.

  6. says

    I’ve use several types of recycled yarn: bookmarks from commercially available recycled cotton yarn, a cuff bracelet from reclaimed cotton sweater yarn & I’ve been working on a wrap bracelet using recycled silk sari yarn & some wool string that I found at the local Goodwill…

  7. Mary Odom says

    I have never used “recycled ” yarn except for the times I have taken something apart to reuse the yarn, I have used scrap yarn for crafting, especially when my kids were young and I made crafting boxes for them. We called them the “Bored Box” If the kids said they were bored and had nothin’ to do I would give them the box with scrap yarn and material and popsicle sticks( recycled of course), wallpaper samples, colored crayons, markers, pencils feathers, glitter whatever we had found and put in the box and let them use their imagination to create something “cool”

  8. Rebecca says

    No but I was looking at beautiful farm made from recycled saris and thought it would be fun to use it!

  9. Sue D says

    I have never used eco-friendly yarn but I have recycled yarn from other projects to make a project.

  10. Jennifer says

    I’ve never used recycled yarn before but I’m just itching to try making plarn out of old plastic grocery bags.. And I love this pillow, so cute 🙂

  11. Amanda C. says

    I love making baskets out of old t-shirts. It takes a little bit of time to stretch out the yarn but it’s super easy. You Tube has some great tutorials on how to turn shirts into yarn.

  12. Judi Connelly says

    Love Love Love this yarn ! Cannot wait to give it a try – got to investigate patterns 🙂

  13. LN Patton says

    Using an old afghan, we crocheted a baby sweater out of;-) It was very interesting~

  14. Eugenie says

    I haven’t tried using recycled yarn, yet. I would like to try using the Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon Yarn.

  15. says

    I use recycled yarn scraps to make bows & pom poms of multi-colors for decorating packages. Also love to use newspaper, stamps and acrylics for the wrappings.

  16. Tammy Hempel says

    I had a brilliant idea or so I thought. My husband received a really nice pullover sweeter. It would have been great however he does not wear this sort of clothing at all. For several days I looked at this sweeter contemplating what I should do with this sweeter. It was too nice just to throw away and I did not know anyone who would wear such a thing so I decided after looking at the inside of this garment that I could take it apart and reuse the yarn for something else. After all this sweeter was machine stitched to start with so it should come apart easy. I gather my supplies a seam ripper, scissors, a trash bag and a keep bag. I get the side seam opened with out too much trouble I am thinking this is going to be easy. I had the front, back, arms neck and waist band off so just the peices were before me. I picked up the front and hunted but I found what I thought was the main thread and pulled it. It knotted so I got the knot out and pulled some more which a bit of thread did unravel then I found a knot. A knot? What in the world the thread was knotted together all over the place after REALLY looking at it. The more thread I pulled the more pieces of short then long and in between I got. The bad part about this is that it was the same color thread that I was trying to get apart. After getting frustrated with this whole thing I ended up throwing the thing out and have not Ever thought of doing such a thing again.

  17. Deb Rowley says

    I’ve used the Lion Brand recycled cotton and also have turned t-shirts and old sheets into strips to crochet and knit. The fabric is good to recycle for rugs and tote bags.Knitting and crocheting with the thin strips make the item sturdy and fun looking at the same time!

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