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Turn an old sweater into a useful pillow

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Good day to all ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love upcycling things I do it whenever I can. If I can make something different from something that I already have and don’t need – to me that’s something to be excited about! I’m excited to share this project! A sweater pillow – I am so happy with the end results.

While I was going through my husband’s clothes looking for things he no longer wears to make some room in the closet for more of my things, as you do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I found a few shirts that I didn’t want to give to the thrift store. One of the shirts I found was the one my husband was wearing the day we met, more than 10 years ago. I wanted to do something with it because itโ€™s kind of special.

I thought I would be a good idea to make this myself after seeing many posts about sweater pillows before.

~I can make that~


What I found was that if youโ€™re even a beginner sewer, this is quite an easy project. You donโ€™t even really need a sewing machine for this project. It could be done by hand but, it would take quite a bit longer.

The base was a pillow that I made using a pillowcase I didn’t want. The stuffing for it was from the ends of crochet project that I had been saving. I feel proud to add that this project cost me nothing to make because I used what I had…I love that!

This particular sweater had a full double zipper which made me a little nervous but, was no trouble in the end. I measured the pillow and allowed for a seam allowance of about half an inch. Then marked the sweater front and back making sure the zipper was in the centr. I cut both pieces out and placed them wrong side together.


I started sewing at the bottom zipper and sewed up to the top zipper and repeated on the other side leaving a small gap at both ends of the zipper. After turning it to the right side I opened the zipper, put the pillow in and closed it. I sewed the zipper ends up by hand and wound the thread around both sides of the zipper to keep it together.  

That’s all there is to it!

Itโ€™s such a great low to no cost project! I have a few other shirts I want to do this for as well and I am kind of excited to start. Hopefully, I donโ€™t get too carried away with this and leave my poor husband with no shirts ๐Ÿ˜‰

Update: I have made some more shirt pillows and I am so happy withhow they all turned out.



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