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Sweater Pillows

October 16, 2019 By Taina Laraba

· Junkin Market,Tutorials,Home and Garden

Hello Friends! I'm super excited to share this with you today with the chilly weather we've been having.

Gorgeous Sweater Pillows

Have you taken a look at the prices on these right now? A little much for my wallet.

See what I mean? And these are only for the pillow covers, not the entire pillow.

I'm super excited that we're here today because I get to tell you that we can make these for very little money.

The first thing you'll need to do is visit your favorite thrift store and comb through all their sweaters, including the men's sweaters. Find a few that you love. Then bring them home and give them a good wash.

Chose sweaters with interesting designs and nubby textures.

Also while your there, look for pillows that have a down-insert. Purchase them. I'm telling you this because you might pay $5.00 for the pillow, but that insert is worth $50.00 and more.

old sweaters

down pillow forms


marking chalk


needle and thread

sewing machine

Machine wash the sweaters in warm water and dry in the dryer on a normal setting.

Step 1. Put the down pillow form into the sweater and center it. Estimate where the seams will be. (I used the rows of cable to be a guide.

Step 2. Remove the pillow and turn it wrong side out. Using a ruler and marking chalk draw the pillow on the sweater. Leave an extra 1 1/2 to 2 inches on the ribbed edge.

Step 3. Pin both sides of the sweater along the markings. I started at the bottom of the sweater.

Step 4. Sew three sides of the sweater along the marked line (watch the pins!). Do not sew up the bottom of the sweater… you will need the ribbing to stay intact.


Turn the sweater right side out.

Step 5. Fill your new sweater pillow cover with the down pillow form. Sew buttons to the ribbed side of the pillow to close.

How are you feeling with your pillow making? Want to learn how to make ruffles from the sleeves of your sweaters?

Step 1. Cut off one sleeve of the sweater. Open it up by cutting the seam. Also cut off the cuff.

Cut the sleeve into even strips.

Sew a large running stitch down the center of each strip.

Pull the top thread gently and gather up the sweater into a ruffle

Sew the ruffles sections together at the ends and then sew the ruffle to pillow at the ribbed end closure seam.

There's just so many things you can do with thrifted sweaters.

Like here with these gorgeous white sweater pumpkins.

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