Upcycled Sweater Pillow Cover

I'm sure you saw these sweater-covered pillows everywhere last year...usually priced at upwards of $50...

Well, I made my own...before I was blogging...so, no photos...BUT, it's not hard at all...and hopefully my explanation alone will be enough...

I took one of our old sofa pillows...it was oversized (about 24"x24") and covered in this BRIGHT red, blue & gold geometric-patterned fabric...um, yuck.

Then I picked up a fisherman's sweater (size Men's XL) at Goodwill for $6.00...

I shoved the pillow into the sweater and positioned it so that the button at the neckline and the overall pattern of the knitting was a little off-center...

Then I just cut off the sweater's arms and the excess knit around the bottom and the collar, tucked in the raw edges and whipstitched the seams closed. I love the way it looks...the texture and warm, cozy feeling it adds to my fall & winter decor is perfect...and I didn't have to pay mucho dinero for it...that's the best part.

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  1. Perfect for this time of year and a great updates for pillows!! Beautiful Maggie!!! Y

    {You know I will coming by to take that gorgeous ottoman off your hands ;) }

  2. so utterly adorable...I will definitely try this :)

  3. Maggie great addition for some fall touches. Now I just need to find the sweaters to use!

  4. These make me want to see snow on the ground and curl up to them next to a fire with some hot chocolate :) LOVE!

  5. I love the sweater pillow idea!! I'm cleaning my closet out and found old cute t-shirts that I thought would make cute pillows.

  6. Awesome idea--I love the big cable-knit; I've noticed a lot of bulky sweaters for sale on the cheap at the resale shop--this would be perfect. Great inspirational project.

  7. These are so expensive in the stores! Love, love, love it! Especially since we have hardly any use for sweaters here in the south. It rarely gets cold enough for us to wear them, we may as well make pillows with them! Lisa~

  8. I love the look of a sweater pillow! I'ev wanted to add them to my sofa for the fall/winter, but I'm afraid my kids would ruin them! I wouldn't feel so bad about it if I only spent a few bucks though. Hmmm...now if I only knew how to sew! LOL

  9. I love it!! :) It looks totally high-end expensive. FAB!

  10. Love it! I'm so doing this! Oh, I'm not sure I ever told you that I love that little abc bench too!

  11. OOOhhhhh! I'm off to look for a sweater! Great idea!!


  12. Great idea... sweaters pillows are the perfect way to change up the season and seem easy to make. Yours turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing! AJ

  13. Neat idea. Love the way you staged these photos. Different and interesting.:)

  14. These look amazing!!! I always love the cozy look of sweater pillows but I'm not about to pay through the nose at Pottery Barn, thats for sure!
    As your newest follower, I would love you to link this up to my link party, T.G.I.F. ( Thank God I'm Finished!) Friday at RummageLiving, going on right now! Here's the link: http://www.rummageliving.com/2011/09/t-g-i-f-thank-god-im-finished-link-party-and-favorites/

    hope to see you there!

  15. These look lovely! I have always wanted to try making one or two but never have to date.
    Happy weekend to you.

  16. This looks great! LOVE it!


  17. I pinned this because I have a sweater in the closet I've been wanting to do this to! Thanks for the reminder :)

  18. I ♥ it!! Thank you for sharing!!

    newest follower from the link-up!

  19. These look so cuddly! Thanks for sharing at Craft and Tell!

  20. These are adorable!! I need to get some old sweaters!

    I have a rosette necklace in a great giveaway right now, would love for you to enter and win! http://bouffeebambini.blogspot.com/2011/09/seek-first-rosette-necklace-giveaway.html

  21. This would look awesome in my living room - I love both the fisherman's knit and the corduroy.

    Great work!!

  22. They look fabulous. I love the fisherman's knit one the best.

    Best wishes,

  23. The pillows look fabulous! I really like the various textures you used! Nice job!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation! I hope you will make this a weekly stop!

  24. Hi Maggie, Thank so much for joining the Open House and sharing this wonderful pillow project. My husband has a similar sweater but he will not let me steal it to make a pillow. Off to GW to look for one.

  25. Sooo cute Maggie! I've seen these and thought I should make one but never have!! Thanks for joining last week's What's In The Gunny Sack? link party and I hope to see you again for tomorrow's party!

  26. You sold me on "It's not hard at all...". My readers would love to see more of your projects! I would love if you would share this project at my Monday Linky Party! www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com

  27. Gorgeous, classic, elegant and creative! LOVE!

    I'm featuring your post on my FB page today and pinning your project also.

    Thank you for always having something exceptional to share at Rook No. 17!


  28. LOVE! Thank you for sharing. I'm stopping by from Sugar and Dots and am a new follower!


  29. Featured these on my facebook! Thanks for sharing last week!


  30. Maggie,

    I just featured your pillows today during Sunday Best.


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