Sweater Pillow

So the first thing I needed to do for Operation Restoration: Home Edition was to find stuff.  I sent out an email to all of my local friends asking for dressers, nightstands, tables, pillows, and any other furniture items that they would be willing to donate to my cause. Our bible study group all pulled together working our contacts and angles that we had to collect stuff. So I decided to start decorating and furnishing the family room first.  I figured this is where most of life happens and the most important room, in my opinion.

Denise, the mom of the family, is drawn to earth tones.  We painted the room a light cocoa color.  I also purchased some fabric from Joann Fabrics that became our inspiration color scheme for the room.  I spent a total of $35 on 9 pillows.  I reused stuffing from some other pillows that were donated so that really helped our budget in not having to purchase stuffing or pillow forms.

Cavallo Spice Fabric

The two fabrics Denise liked were KAS fabrics called Cavallo Spice and Oslo Spice. They are pretty pricey at $44 a yard but I got them for $17 a yard during a killer sale and got 2/3 yard of each. To save on money I backed the pillows with a black corduroy I had in my stash.

I also had a sweater in my closet that I purchased a few years ago.  While I have always loved the gray color the cable knit hit my “I-have-had-children-pooch” just so and it was less than attractive.  So I pulled it out of my closet and literally hand stitched it into a pillow.  I unraveled some of the yarn from the sleeves and used a large plastic needle to hand stitch it.cable knit sweater pillow

sweater to pillow

I also found a cool khaki chevron patterned sweater at Goodwill for $2 that I made into a pillow as well.  That fabric was thinner so I was able to sew that one with my sewing machine.

making a sweater pillowchevron sweater pillow

While the two fabrics from Joann’s were the base colors for the room; Goodwill and second hand stores are great places to find unique fabrics to repurpose into pillows. The two sweater pillows add great texture to the smooth fabric of the couch.

Do you love pillows? I have a whole category full of handmade pillows I have made in the past.Pillows

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  • http://piglogsandtaterberries.blogspot.com Peggy

    Great pillows! I am in the process of making up some new pillows/pillow covers for our house to spruce things up for fall. And I was serious when I said if you need anything just let me know!

  • http://www.southernscraps.blogspot.com Southernscraps

    Love your pillows. Sweaters make such unique pillows.

  • http://www.serenitynowblog.com Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Love the sweater pillows, Beckie! That’s a sewing project I’ve always wanted to try, but just haven’t. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • http://theblogripper.blogspot.com/ Ira Morse

    I like the idea of the first pillow, but all of them are nice. Good job

  • http://www.katskalamities.blogspot.com Kathryn

    love them all and the sweater pillows…cable ….boy did you save have you seen some of the prices…out their in designer world…..yours look great

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks Kathyrn and they are so cheap. Sweaters are a dime a dozen at Goodwill.

  • Roberta

    Love the fabric patterns and also the texture of your repurposed pillows. Earlier this year our W-mart had a 90% of last marked clearance sale and I scooped up a bunch of sweaters (90 cents each!), both for charity and to make some scatter cushions.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Wow that is a steal wish I would have seen those. Have you made the pillows yet?

      • Roberta

        Not yet. :) I am determined to get them done this Autumn and need to purpose to make it happen.

  • http://adaywithlilmama.blogspot.com Mindy

    I love sweater pillows, especially with the weather getting cooler now

  • Lucy Beliveau

    This is exactly why you are the creative blogger and I am the reader!!! Why didn’t I ever think of the pillow idea? Brilliant!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      HA!!! Thanks Lucy, that is what I am here for ;-)

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  • shannon

    I saw a sweater pillow at Target the other day for $40, and wanted it but not for $40!! I have a TON of sweaters that I could repurpose!! You rock!

  • http://www.michlinla.com Michelle L

    That blue pillow is just amazing! I love them all, though – pretty prints!

  • Gillian Luce

    This is such a great craft! Everyone has left over sweaters or patterned shirts they can do this with. And a great way to bring your personality into a space. :)

  • Amber

    I also made some pillows from a chocolate brown sweater last year, they turned out well. I used a scrap co-ordinating fabric on the back, so I could have 2 matching pillows, one from each side of the sweater.

    So there was no waste, I also used the cut off sleeves. I sewed up the shoulder end, and left the wrist band open, and slid in a hotwater bottle for a hotwater bottle cover. Wrapped the wrist with a bow, and they are really pretty now.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Wow that is sure thinking and using ever bit of it.

  • http://scissorsstampsandscrapbooks.blogspot.com/ Donna Woods

    WOW!! Seriously! WOW!! These are amazing!

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