Thrift Store Sweater Pillow Covers Tutorial


Cover your tired old pillows with cable knit thrift store sweaters for a warm and cozy look - no major sewing skills required!
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I started out buying a big pile of ivory sweaters from the Rescue Mission. I picked them up on a 50% off day, so I paid $2 to $3 each. I looked for sweaters with a cables, ribs and other designs.
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I picked up some inexpensive wood and wood-look buttons:
thrift store sweater pillow covers tutorial, crafts, diy, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
thrift store sweater pillow covers tutorial, crafts, diy, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
They were so easy and came out great! Want to know how I did it? Head on over to my website at the link below for the full tutorial.
Julie Briggs

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  • Maggierose
    on Aug 13, 2016

    These are so pretty. When you cut across the sweater do you have a problem with unraveling from the open stitches? How do you make sure you don't have a "run" of dropped stitches and that you catch every one up in your sewing? Thanks

    • Julie Briggs
      on Sep 9, 2016

      Surprisingly, I didn't. I wasn't sure if it was going to work for exactly that reason, but I just tried to be careful sewing them up. Haven't noticed any problems .

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  • Smk1442994
    on Apr 10, 2016

    I made a few pillow covers from my mom's many sweaters that she knitted. She passed away 2 months ago and I used her sweaters and made a pillow for each of my 11 nieces, my 2 daughters and 2 daughters-in-law and myself. They each picked out their own sweater for their pillow. Yes, she hand knitted a lot of them over the years. I call them swillows. A lovely memory of my mom.

    • Mar6697571
      on May 29, 2016

      @Smkarasz65 Such a lovely thought. Your love of your mother shines through. She would be so proud of you!

  • Marvina Liechty
    on Apr 11, 2016

    Oh how I wish I had done that. It's too late,but maybe I will for someone else one day.....

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