Tuesday, February 7, 2012

a sweater pillow....

who knew that you could take a goodwill sweater for $1.50 and make a pillow cover out of it?
ME....that's who....  :) thanks to the internet there are tons of ideas and tutorials floating around.
simple enough.....
make a few simple cuts

find an old pillow or get one at the thrift store for .25 cents
sew a few straight seams down the sides of the sweater you just cut the sleeves off of.  i didn't even measure it,  i just eyeballed it for the seams....
sew all the way around and leave a small opening to insert the pillow form.
pin the opening and whipstitch it closed.
here is the finished whipstitched seam....

and you get this
cute but boring.... you can see in the picture at the top of the post that the pillow insert i used has a dimple in the middle.  had i left it as is, it would have looked weird as pillows usually are pouffy in the middle.  so i took some of the scrap sweater fabric 
tied a knot in the end of it....
twisted it around and sewed it into a rosette.
i found a button in my jewelry armoire.  you know how you get a new piece of clothing and it has an extra button and usually some extra yarn attached to it?  well i throw all of those into my jewelry armoire  and have amassed quite a collection of buttons....do you do that too???
anyway i sewed the little button on to the rosette because it was looking a little like a pair of folded socks and it needed a little something....
i added another button on the other side of of the pillow so that i could tighten the thread to achieve that dimple...
 and a super cute pillow. So soft and cozy for winter....when it needs to be washed, i plan on just throwing it into the washer and dryer.  you could probably put a zipper or a button closure on it if you wanted to but i am all about the easy way to do things.  in fact, if you use a sweater that has a button down front or a cardigan, you have a built-in opening....

remember those sleeves i cut off of the sweater?  they're going to be turned into a pair of 
boot socks like these....two projects from one thrift store sweater.  gotta love that!!!  
now go search your closet for some old sweaters, or if you can't bear to part with any of them, hit up the goodwill or salvation army.  look for great colors or design, (cable and chunky knit designs look fabulous as pillow covers), and you will be helping out a couple of great organizations....and getting some custom decor for your pennies...
now get out there and make something amazing!!!














7 comments:

imsteelefullofscrap said...

YOur lucky if you can find a pillow for a quarter our thrift store they run $3 and up and lucky if you can get one on half off day cute pillow you made

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

The cable sweater pillow look is really hot right now~what a great way to get the look!

Musings Of A Gem said...

It's really cute and for that price...amazing!! I'd love one : )

x

Galexi Cupcakes said...

OMG..that is the cutest pillow ever! I'm so stealing your idea!!

xoxo

Meg from Megs A Mommy! said...

What a great idea!!

SaltAndPepperMakers said...

It's so soft and pretty looking. I will have to try that too someday. ~Pepper

Lisa said...

I didn't know you could make a sweater out of a pillow. That is really cool. What's even cooler is how nice it came out.

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