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. Finished pillow.


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. Using rotary cutter to cut sweater.
    Ribbed bottom removed.

  3. 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.
  4. Cutting below arms.


  5. 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.
  6. Sewing the cover on the machine.

  7. Turn the pillow right side out and stuff with fiberfill until you reach the desired fullness.
  8. Adding polyfill after turning.

  9. Use a needle and matching thread to sew up the opening.
  10. Sewing the fill opening closed by hand.

  11. To create the flowers, cut the band in half crosswise so that you have 2 pieces that are about 14 inches long.
  12. Holding one strip of the ribbed band.


  13. Begin at one end of one of the band pieces and begin rolling and twisting the piece to form a rose.
  14. Rolling and twisting band to form rose.
    Continuing to roll band.

  15. 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.
  16. Applying glue periodically to rose as rolling the strip.

  17. Hand stitch the two roses to the pillow.
  18. Sewing rose to pillow.

    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.


Turn the sweater into a pillow case by cutting off the sleeves and stitching up the armholes.

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