From Sweater to Pillow

Like many of you, I love pillows. Some I buy but most I sew myself. Sweater pillows are popular for winter decorating and I knew I wanted some. 

When I was helping my sister clean out her closet a while back I saved two snowy white sweaters she was going to donate. Last night I took a break after some last minute shopping, wrapping, and generally getting ready to host our family for Christmas. Half an hour later I had turned this cardigan into a pillow. I found it easiest to measure out my pillow size, sew the seams first, and then cut away the extra fabric. I trimmed about 1/2" from my sewing lines then used a zig zag stitch to keep the ends from fraying. Nothing fancy but it works. I kept the original button placket intact, even with the little stitch that goes between buttons and makes it pop open like that. Not the best photos on this very overcast day.

It may end up on the family room leather couch since the white is brighter than the IKEA slipcovers. One of these days, when I am looking to unwind, I will recycle the other sweater into a pillow cover. Easy and free are some of my favourite projects. 
Hoping all my friends and readers have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and a relaxing holiday. 


  1. Lovely! Why purchase when we can make our own! Merry Christmas!

  2. I love sweater pillows, but have to buy mine. Great job.
    Merry Christmas, Elizabeth!

  3. That sweater made a sweet pillow cover. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. Hmmm, not enough time to make one before the holidays but it would make a fabulous "winter" pillow for my home! Now I just need to find a sweater....


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