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Recycled Sweater Throw Pillows



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


  • 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


  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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Apr 7, 2012

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


Jul 1, 2011

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....


11 Ratings

Feb 17, 2011

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.


Aug 26, 2010

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!


Jun 26, 2010

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!!!


Mar 28, 2010

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


Mar 13, 2010

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


Feb 28, 2010

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


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