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Decorate My Home, Part 5 – Re-purposed Sweater Pillow

A reader emailed me with a project request (thanks Kerry!)….. She was curious if I had seen the pillows at Pottery Barn that were knitted and if I had any experience re-purposing a sweater into one. Nope, I hadn’t. But I was sure excited to try it out.

I found what she was possibly talking about here.

And came up with my own pillow……made from an old sweater.

Perfect for my bed.

Want to make your own?

Find an old sweater in your closet, your friend’s closet, or the thrift store. And find some funky knitting patterns or cable stripes on the front….to make it nice and interesting. (Sorry…don’t know the knitting terms.)

And a tighter weave in the sweater would probably make it easier…but if you’re using a bigger weave or one that’s loosely knit, just make sure to sew slowly and carefully to catch all of the loose ends……..and to keep them from unraveling.

Cut some squares, or even rectangles out of your sweater…whatever shape or size you’d like your pillow to be. Make sure to add a half inch or so on each side for a seam allowance. Then cut the same size out of some cotton lining.
So 2 pieces of your sweater and 2 pieces of your cotton lining.

First pin your sweater piece to your lining piece all the way around the edge. Trim any uneven edges. Then sew the two pieces together with a 3/8 seam allowance. Use a big stitch, as to not pucker the sweater. Try using a big zig-zag if you’re having trouble keeping the sweater flat and even with the lining. Do the same with the other sweater and lining piece.

Then sew your two pieces together with right sides together. Leave a 4-5 inch opening along one side.

Now trim the corners off, zig-zag around all of the edges, turn right side out, and poke your corners out with a pencil or something pointy. Now stuff with batting….

And then hand-stitch the opening closed. Tutorial found here.

And wow….you’re own sweater pillow.

Simple and sweet.

**To find the tutorial for the pillow cases behind the sweater pillow, click here.

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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