Most of us have a few old sweaters laying around that either don’t fit or just aren’t attractive to us anymore. Instead of throwing them out, why not give them new life as something else? It’s easy to take an old sweater and turn it into an attractive and useful pillow for the bed, for the sofa or even just for the dog. Here’s how.
Pillow form (measure the sweater and select a pillow form the appropriate or desired size, or bring the sweater to the craft store and stuff it into pillow forms til you find the one you like)
Turn the sweater inside out, measure it against the pillow form and mark around the sweater with a pen. You’ll want to stitch an extra ¼ inch seam around the marks to ensure that the sweater is big enough to accommodate the pillow. (If you can, use the side seams of the sweater — that would save you from sewing up two of the four sides of the pillow. Also use the bottom hem if possible.)
With the sweater still inside out, stitch the seams together with a sewing machine or by hand with needle and thread, leaving one seam open. Turn the sweater right-side out and insert the pillow form into the open end. Hand stitch the last seam closed.
Tip: You can also use a felted sweater to make a sweater pillow. (Be sure to felt the sweater before measuring for and selecting pillow forms, as the material will shrink.) 100%-wool sweaters can easily be felted: machine wash the sweaters with detergent on hot/cold setting, then dry on hot setting. Repeat this cycle about 3 times. Test the sweaters for felting by snipping the hem an inch or so in – if it frays, it’s not quite finished; try running it through the wash/dry cycle again. Once felted, cut out pieces and sew as per the instructions above.
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