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Making a Sweater Pillow

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A fun way to use that favorite worn out sweater is to fashion it into a pillow. This guide is about making a sweater pillow.


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February 2, 2012

Don't throw out those sweaters that no longer fit; instead, recycle them by creating throw pillows. This is a quick and simple craft.

Approximate Time: about 45 minutes




  1. Cut band off of bottom of sweater and set aside. This will be used later to create flowers to embellish the pillow.
  2. Cut the sweater from one side seam to the other, just beneath underarm seams. Leave side seams unless you want the pillow to be smaller than the width of the sweater.
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  4. Turn the piece inside out, and machine stitch along one edge, using 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew the other open edge, leaving a large enough opening to turn and stuff the pillow.
  5. Turn the pillow right side out and stuff with fiberfill until you reach the desired fullness.
  6. Use a needle and matching thread to sew up the opening.
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  8. To create the flowers, cut the band in half crosswise so that you have 2 pieces that are about 14 inches long.
  9. Begin at one end of one of the band pieces and begin rolling and twisting the piece to form a rose.
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  11. Apply a dab of hot glue periodically as you roll it up to hold it in place. Do the same with the second band piece to create a second rose.
  12. Hand stitch the two roses to the pillow.
  13. By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC


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December 8, 2010

So, dear Aunt Sally gave you an ugly sweater for Christmas this year. You really don't want to hurt her feelings by telling her that it's really not your style. If you are close to Aunt Sally, you know you don't have the heart to donate it to Goodwill/Salvation Army/etc. What's a person to do? Turn it into something useful!

Turn the sweater into a pillow case by cutting off the sleeves and stitching up the armholes. Use the leftover sleeves as funky potholders/hot pads. Instead of resigning the sweater to the "ugly gift area" in the back of the closet, re-purpose what you can with it. If Aunt Sally asks about your new pillow sham covers or your familiar-looking hot pads, simply tell her that you liked the gift, but thought it would look better as a decoration that everyone can enjoy.

Happy Holidays!

By JSRP from Lincoln, NE

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