Upholstered white couch
White themed room

Who needs to buy pillows when you can make your own? Below we take youn through steps on how you can make your own sweater pillows at home, using cheap and easily obtainable materials.

For this project, you will need one or more old pillows, a large pair of scissors.

Upholstered white couch
White themed room
Large, old, white sweater
Medium-sized table

First, you will cut off the bottom half of the sweater, just below the arm, using a large sharp pair of scissors

Sewing machine with thread on the table
Two cut sweater pieces

To make a sweater pillow, you will only need the bottom half of the sweater, but you can reserve the upper piece for future projects. Now, cut the bottom piece into half, so that you can use it to make two pillows. Cut it horizontally, using a pair of scissors. Cutting the bottom piece into half

Piece of sweater
Piece of sweater

Take one piece of the sweater and lay it over the pillow, like in the picture below. Make sure that it fits the pillow. You can adjust it by stretching or cutting it.

Stretching the piece of sweater over the pillow
White pillow

Adjusting the piece of sweater to fit the pillow

You only need to cover the front of the pillow with the sweater. For the back, you can use another material. Flannel is a good choice. Using the piece of the sweater you had cut, cut the piece of flannel so that they have the same measurements, only that the flannel should be 5 inches longer in one direction.

Cutting the piece of flannel using the sweater measurements
Pair of scissors

Now, fold the flannel into half and cut it again in the middle, so that the pieces can create an envelope at the back.

Cutting the flannel into half
White flannel

Symmetrical side by side pieces of flannel

Two edges of the flannel will overlap each other. All you have to do is fold them over and hem them.

Overlapping edges of flannel
Iron box

The stitching should be done about half an inch from the end. You can use a regular straight stitch with a backstitch at the beginning and at the end.

Process of hemming the overlapping edges using sewing machine
White thread
Laying down the sweater with the pretty side upwards
Laying down the sweater with the pretty side upwards

The next step involves laying down the pieces. First lay down the sweater, with the good side upwards, then lay down the two pieces of flannel that will envelop each other facing downwards. The neat side should face downwards and the less neat side be on top.

Laying down the flannel
Laying down the flannel

Flannel pieces enveloping each other

You now sew the pieces together, all round the perimeter. Use a regular straight stitch, half an inch from the margins.Regular straight stitch

Remember to finish with a backstitch to lock the thread into place.Sweater Pillows-18

Trimming edges

Cut off the extra pieces of sweater and material all round so as to get a neat and presentable finish. Now turn the piece you have sewn inside out and insert the pillow.Inserting pillow into sweater

Final look of sweater pillow

You now have our sweater pillow. As you can see, you can try this project with other materials such as fur.Sweater Pillows-22