How to Make a Pillow From an Outdated Sweater

Updated on March 20, 2020
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Loretta learned to sew on her Grandma's treadle sewing machine. She began sewing her own clothes in 7th grade and still enjoys fabric work.

You could always just lay your sweater across a chair, but a pillow may look more normal.
You could always just lay your sweater across a chair, but a pillow may look more normal.

The Original Sweater

When my son was 3 months old, he bought this red sweater for me for Christmas. (Okay, my husband bought it). We had decorated his room in penguins and this perfect sweater had penguins on it.

After a few years, this style became known as an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" and I was forced to let it languish in storage, but I missed it. I wanted it back in my life. It just didn't seem like a good idea to lay it over a chair during the Christmas season. A soft pillow is the solution.

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The original 1990 sweater. Family photo - 1990 sweater and big hair.
The original 1990 sweater.
The original 1990 sweater.
Family photo - 1990 sweater and big hair.
Family photo - 1990 sweater and big hair.

Step 1: Choose Your Filling

Choose the filling for your sweater. You may have an unused pillow form that is the right size. You may need to buy some new poly-fil from the craft section. I had an old bed pillow for guests that was a very good fit.

Find a stuffing that is the right size.
Find a stuffing that is the right size.

Step 2: Serge or Sew

It is likely that the sweater will unravel when it is cut. It is important to note that I used my serger which cuts and finishes as it sews.

If you are using a sewing machine, sew first with a straight stitch, repeat the seam with a zig-zag, then finally cut away the excess fabric.

Serge or sew around the design you want to keep.

Note: This sweater has a button front. I can unbutton it from the wrong side even after all four sides are seamed closed. If your sweater does not have a button front, leave a seam open to insert the filling. It might be best to leave the bottom (finished) hem of the sweater as the unfinished side. This could be hand sewn without unraveling.

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Serge or sewClose-up of serged seam.
Serge or sew
Serge or sew
Close-up of serged seam.
Close-up of serged seam.
Design is centered and all seams are closed on this button front sweater. Leave a side open if you have a pullover sweater.
Design is centered and all seams are closed on this button front sweater. Leave a side open if you have a pullover sweater.

Step 3: Stuff Your New Pillow

  • Unbutton your sweater pillow from the wrong side.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Slip in the stuffing and button up.

Or

  • Turn right side out
  • Insert stuffing
  • Hand sew the final seam

The finished seasonal pillow.
The finished seasonal pillow.

Next, a Comforter and Pillows

When you are finished with your pillow, whip out a comforter and matching pillows. Just kidding. These took more than an afternoon.

I made these a few years ago.
I made these a few years ago.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • LADS Family profile imageAUTHOR

        The Sampsons 

        10 days ago from The Ozarks, Missouri

        Thank you very much!

      • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        10 days ago from New Delhi, India

        This is a great idea, to use old sweaters, with which you have sentimental attachments. I have many like these.

        Thanks for sharing your wonderful creation and the details.

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