Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Upcycled Throw Pillows - Sweaters


This was a super fun and super fast project.  My oldest is the family fashionista.  Her sister is more like me preferring things plain and simple.  When the oldest tried to hand down these two sweaters to her sister it was a no go.  She like the knit patterns but the style of the sweater just "wasn't her".  Too bad,I thought, because they are in really great condition and cute too.  They ended up in the donate bag until…

…I had an idea.

The girls had put throw pillows on their "wish list" for their birthdays and Christmas.  I thought turning these sweaters into pillows would be a fun project and they would really love them too.


First I bought two travel size pillows at Walmart.  They were $3.48 each.


I washed the sweaters and once they were dry I turned them inside out.  Since they flared a bit I stitched the side seams straight with two rows of stitching and trimmed them.  When using sweaters it is important to stitch first and trim after so the fabric doesn’t unravel.


I stuck the pillow inside and measured it for length then stitched a straight line across the sweater just under the arms with two rows of stitches and then cut off the top of the sweater.  This left the finished end of the sweater for my final seem.  I finished all three seems with a zig zag stitch for extra reinforcement.


All stitched and trimmed.  Ready to turn right side out and stuff.

I stitched in a couple of inches on each side, turned it right side out and stuffed the pillow inside.  Then I whip stitched the remaining seem closed by hand.  Voila!


Too add a little more décor I used a big needle and some carpet thread I had to sew a button in the center of each one.  To easily find the center I measured across diagonally on each corner and placed a pin.  Pushing down I poked the needle through from the back and pulled the thread nice and tight as I sewed the button in place securing it well with a good knot.

I made both of these in less than an hour.  Super cute and super fun.

What do you think?  I love how these turned out and I think the girls will love them too.


12 comments:

  1. Those came out really well. I think the girls will like them too. I'm a new reader of your blog. I've gone back and read all of your posts. Last night I tried the Hot Milk Cake. We had it with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. It was delicious. You have several tips and recipes that I want to try.

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    1. Thank you Claudia! So glad you found us. The pillows were a lot of fun to make. I think you are right, they are going to love them.

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  2. Very creative. I love all your thrifty moves!

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    1. Thanks so much! It was a super fun project. :)

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  3. Love the pillows. Last Christmas, my sister and I used the sleeves from old sweaters to make gift bags. They turned out really cute especially the ones with cables on them. I am sure your girls will love them.
    Paula in Kansas

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    1. That is a great idea. I bet they were really nice. The pillows were sure fun. Quick and easy too!

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  4. Cute pillows! Also nice way to recycle, and reuse something you have already!

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    1. Thanks Anne. It always makes me feel good when I can reuse something rather than toss it out. Especially something useful.

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    1. Thanks Jess. I was really pleased with how they turned out.

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  6. Those are adorable! My mind immediately went to my donate bag... hmmm... do I have anything in there I could make a pillow out of? :o)

    Tania

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    1. Super fun project. I'll bet you do have something. I'm always amazed at how you can think outside the box and come up with things I would never have thought of. Couple of talented broads aren't we? Ha, ha!

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