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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

upcycled sweater pillow tutorial

It is still winter here in the Midwest, with multiple feet of snow piling up outside the window. There is nothing better this time of year then cuddling up in your favorite sweater.  If you are like me, you have a pile of old sweaters in the back of your closet that you don't wear anymore, but can't bare to donate because you just love the color, pattern.... Here is the perfect solution, and your new favorite winter accessory.
Upcycled Sweater Pillows!
These cozy pillows can be found at west elm, pottery barn, and crate and barrel. But what is the fun in buying when you can DIY a cuter one at a fraction of the cost. Or possibly for free!
All you need is an old sweater
 A pillow form (they are on sale every other week at joanne's) 
Sewing Machine is ideal, but you could hand sew it
Coordinating thread and scissors
From the front of the sweater cut a square one inch larger then the pillow form. My pillow is a 12" so my  square is 13"x13". This will be the front of your pillow. Also from the front of the sweater cut a 13"x5" rectangle. One long edge of the rectangle should but up against the bottom ribbing of the sweater. This saves you from having to do any hemming later and it keeps your sweater from coming unraveled. This is the first piece for the back of the pillow.
Next cut from the back of the sweater a rectangle that measures 13"x12". Again make sure one of the long edges butts up to the bottom of the sweater. Now you have your two back pieces.
Sandwich your pieces right sides together. (Your shorter rectangle should be in the middle and the ribbing should not be on any of the edges. See image above.) Pin all the way around the square and sew with a .5" seam allowance. I also zig-zagged my way around the edges to keep it from unraveling.
Turn right side out and push out the corners. This is call an envelope closure, because of the large overlap in the back, I like it because it is quick to sew and no zippers or buttons are needed. It is also easy to put on and take off. This whole project takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, and doesn't cost you anything if you are replacing a current pillow with a new cover. As always send me a picture when you try this I would love to see what you done. Happy decorating.



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