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Recycled Sweater Throw Pillows

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This eco-crafting idea uses recycled sweaters found at thrift stores or in the backs of closets to create cozy pillows.  For the best results, look for sweaters with embellishments or great texture. This project comes to us compliments of Heidi Borchers for Inspired at Home.

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Sweaters Before Craft Project

Recycled Sweater Pillows

Materials:

  • Pillow form
  • Ruler
  • Chalk pencil or disappearing ink pen
  • Embellished sweaters
  • Sewing machine and thread (either complementary or contrasting color)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Decorative trim
  • Hot glue and glue sticks


Instructions:

  1. Using pillow form as guide for size, mark sweater on right side, using the same measurement as pillow form (i.e. 16” form, draw 16” square on sweater.) Be certain that you shift your pillow form around sweater to include the most decorative areas!
     
  2. With wrong sides of sweater together, stitch along 3 sides of marked guidelines.
     
  3. Cut along stitched edges to ½” from stitched line. Cut along unstitched 4th edge too.
     
  4. Slip pillow form inside stitched sweater.
     
  5. Pin unstitched edges together to hold in place and stitch together.
     
  6. Working a small section at a time, place a line of glue along the stitched edge. Immediately lay trim into glue. Repeat until trim is glued along all four sides of pillow.

Heidi’s Designer Tips: It’s easier to stitch with a contrasting color thread so when it comes time to clip the edges, you can follow the stitching line. Because the trim will cover the stitching line, you don’t need to worry about the color of the stitching. Also, if you don’t sew, wherever the instructions tell you to sew, you can glue this project instead.

Recycled Sweater Pillows 2
 

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Great project. One I definitely will try--I have a perfect sewater for it! Way to go Heidi !!!! OrahLee-- a long time fan.

I love the sweater pillows. I have several sweaters that could possibly be used this way. I promise to "go green" and get them out to consider my options....

When sewing the side seams include twill tape or other non stretch material to prevent distortion. Iron on hem tape can also be used to preventing stretching. Mark equal lengths to create symmetrical sides. Kathy B.

I have some sweaters of my mother's as well. We lost her last year at age 89. One is a bright red wool pullover with her initials embroidered. A pillow from that sweater would be a lovely remembrance that I know she'd appreciate. Thanks for the idea!

My Mom passed away last year and so for my adult children I have decided to use some of Mom's sweaters to make these wonderful pillows. It will be a special way for them to remember their beloved Grandma...I am so happy to be able to do this for them and for myself. I have also included her holiday sweaters and sweatshirts to use for decorative pillows for Christmas. Thank you for sharing this idea!!!!! I love Fave Crafts!!!

can make swhals, slippers,hand bags, even a bed throw, hats, mittens

Mom used to recreate from the old things to make beautiful things 40 years ago, still holds TRUE today. Good work FAVERCRAFTS!!!

i bought a gaudy large sweater from goodwill. i have been waiting for an idea as what to make out of it. thanks a bunch. phylpeek

This is great. I lost my son when he was 16 and he has a sweater with a saxophone on it and I was trying to figure out how to incorporate that into a quilt, but the pillow idea is fantastic.

I just love this idea. My son taught himself how to knit and he also taught himself how to felt. I will have him help me and see if I can make some of these. Vicki Knott

I can't wait to try this I have so many sweaters that I do not wear any more. This is a super idea!! Thanks

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