sweater pillow {tutorial}

I love a good project and when it is low cost, it is even better.

Today I’ll show you how I made a cozy, classic and simple pillow using a thrift store sweater. I call it the


Here is what you’ll need:


:: a sweater

:: down pillow form

:: scissors, tape measure, pins

:: sewing machine

:: needle & thread

STEP ONE: cut the arms off the sweater


I found this Eddie Bauer turtleneck cable knit at Goodwill for $5.99. It was in great shape {barely worn} and I love that it is part angora. If you have an old sweater in your closet, this would be a great way to reuse it.


STEP TWO: cut out the front and back of the pillow


measure the insert to determine the size of the pillow adding 1/2 inch to each side for seam allowance {my pillow form was 16 inches, so I cut the sweater to 17 inches}


measure and cut {I cut both front and back at one time being sure to keep the two pieces lined up}.


You will have two identical pieces.


STEP THREE: pin right sides together



STEP FIVE: stitch around the perimeter of the pillow


Using a regular stitch, be sure to leave an opening at the bottom of the pillow and back stitch several times to secure.

STEP SIX: trim the edges


cut the corners at a diagonal and trim excess material from the seam allowances

STEP SEVEN: turn right side out



STEP EIGHT: add the insert and hand-stitch close



So cozy!


10 Responses to sweater pillow {tutorial}

  1. Diana December 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Love this idea! Its great! Something i want to add on to this though… After you cut off the sleeves DONT THROW THEM AWAY! You can use them as legwarmers :D slip them on under your boots and they’ll peak out. SUPER CUTE <3

  2. donna January 26, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    I have not wanted to throw out my mom’s old sweaters. She is now in a nursing home and i used to spend everyday with her. Thanks so much for this idea! I’m making 5 pillows today because of your inspiring tutorial!

  3. Emily December 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    This is great! It reminds me of the (overpriced) pillows at Pottery Barn. I’m going to make one this winter now, thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Carol Busse September 24, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I love this pillow! You’ve inspired me to make one for my home. Thank you for sharing your idea and the tutorial.

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