Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sweater Pillows . . .

I have been having such fun and enjoying every minute. 
A friend recently told me about sweater pillows so I decided to try and make one.
(Information "how to" links below)

The first thing you need are sweaters. 
Not new sweaters,
Goodwill, Value Land, Salvation Army
or even older ones you might find in your closet.

So off I went to see if I could find some sweaters.  
It took a few trips and some help from a friend
but finally I had some items to begin my creating.   

Here is the stack of pillows I found.
One was mine, others I purchased and nothing cost more than . . .


 I have made pillows from all of the sweaters in the stack except for one,
It was a dark green one, purchased in Ireland and "she" went back in my closet.

The FIRST thing you have to do is wash the sweaters!

The first one I made and my favorite . . . so far 

I really, really like this one.
A warning though . . . cotton sweaters are a bit more difficult to work with.
The wool and wool blends don't stretch like the cotton. 

I liked the pattern though and it is turning out very nice.  

This one is turning out very nice too. 
The front and back of the sweater were identical so I was able to make two pillows. 
I backed the pillow with a soft white corduroy. 

I sewed up the three sides and the only hand sewing is the one end. 
I must have been a pillow freak for a few years,
I had a ton of pillow forms and did not have to purchase any new ones. 

My cost has been 3.99 and  some time . . .

The off white pillow above is from one of my Irish sweaters. 
I haven't worn it for awhile and no, it didn't bother me to cut it up. 
My friend Babs is using the sleeves to make mittens and fingerless mitts.
I used the front of the cardigan for the front of the pillow
and the back of the sweater for the back of the pillow. 

I am pleased with how it is turning out as well.
I can't wait to show you the completion!   

 Here are a couple of "sneak peaks" at the pillows almost finished.
I will post the final views in a few days. . . 

Thanks to K, Centsational Girl, here where I first saw the DIY sweater pillow. 
She is amazing if you haven't visited her site.
I have had some "sweet friend visiting time," (and help)
from Barbie, Babs just a Babblin, here

I am enjoying the rewards that come from creating
and from recycling the old to make new.

"I'd rather have ten minutes of wonderful
than a lifetime of nothing special. " 
Steel Magnolias

Create Some Wonderful


TexWisGirl said...

they're really beautiful!

Jill said...

Those are beautiful! I wish I had your talent!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Oh my goodness, they are just wonderful,
well done you!

I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving
full of happiness and lovely memories.


x Fiona

LANA said...

What a great way to recycle sweaters! I love the white one with the buttons. Very creative!