I'm really excited about changing our home decor with the seasons - nothing super drastic, just some little touches here and there to give the essence. A quick, easy, and cheap way to do this is by changing out your throw pillows.
I've been loving the idea of sweater pillows - the coziness of the textures in sweaters just oozes fall warmth for me.
There are plenty of options on the market - just check my pinterest page! But I thought it would be cool to upcycle old sweaters for pillows instead!
Every time I drop off donations at Goodwill, I also peruse the store to see what treasures might be lurking in there. On a recent trip, I spotted two sweaters that had great colors and textures for my pillow project. At $5 each, they were perfectly on-budget. I brought them home and washed them on hot and with oxiclean to get them nice and sanitized.
I found pillow forms half-off at Hancock's over the weekend, and those were my materials!
I started with the sweater with the buttons - it seemed more fun. I haven't gotten to the second one yet.
After studying the shape of the sweater, I realized I'd need to cut off kind of a lot of the fabric - the neck, the sleeves, and the pockets. This would leave me with sort of a small pillow, but since they were for our accent chairs, that was OK.
I started by pinning the right sides together in my shape. Sweater knit is super forgiving, so I didn't worry about measuring it for size or anything, I pretty much winged it.
I had to remove the top two buttons - one would go to waste, and the other would get caught in the seam. After I sewed the seam, I sewed the button back in place. I moved the extra one to a lower spot, creating a nice line of buttons all the way down the pillow.
I sewed the buttoned seam together to take the pressure off the buttons. This kept the buttoned part from gaping open.
I sewed three sides of the pillow, and also about two inches on either side of the fourth side. Then I crammed my pillow form in there, and hand-stitched the fourth side closed. I mushed the pillow around to get the form aligned well.
|Upcycled sweater pillow|
And that was that! About an hour of work and $11 per pillow, and I was done!