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Thrift Store Sweater Pillow Covers Tutorial

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Cover your tired old pillows with cable knit thrift store sweaters for a warm and cozy look - no major sewing skills required!
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.
I picked up some inexpensive wood and wood-look buttons:
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.

To see more: http://www.livefromjulieshouse.com/thrift-store-sweater-pillow-tutorial/

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  • Dixiemelody
    Dixiemelody
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Very nice. Pictures and directions are easy to understand. Your pillows turned out great.

  • Julie Briggs
    Julie Briggs Syracuse, NY
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Thank you! :-)

  • Susan Bechamp
    Susan Bechamp West Branch, MI
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Love the cable knit pillows.

  • Barbara Myers
    Barbara Myers Canada
    on Mar 21, 2016

    I love the whole idea.

  • Ann
    Ann Deltona, FL
    on Mar 21, 2016

    This is adorable! Thrift stores, here I come

    • Julie Briggs
      Julie Briggs Syracuse, NY
      on Mar 21, 2016

      @Ann - they are getting ready for spring and summer merchandise, so you can probably catch them on sale right now.

  • Rachelmary
    Rachelmary Warwick, RI
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Nice, I will try this. Thanks

  • Wanday
    Wanday Brownsville, KY
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Love!! Definitely gonna do this one!!!

  • Mary Ann Tidwell Wooden
    Mary Ann Tidwell Wooden Pittsburg, CA
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Your sweater pillows are beautiful. Since the death of my identical twin sister I haven't been crafty at all, although it was three years ago! January 29, 2013, my twin passed away and took a part of me with her. I think instead of using buttons on most of them I will trim in pink ribbons, and also display her initials using the same but will use different colors. Thank you for sharing, it's very motivational and inspirational since her transition!

    • Julie Briggs
      Julie Briggs Syracuse, NY
      on Mar 21, 2016

      @Mary Ann Tidwell Wooden - I love the ribbon idea - and what a sweet way to remember your sister.

  • Janice Grizzle
    Janice Grizzle Copperhill, TN
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Beautiful pillows , love the buttons ...thanks for sharing.

  • Dianejed
    Dianejed Orlando, FL
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Very cute!

  • Marvina Liechty
    Marvina Liechty Fort Wayne, IN
    on Mar 21, 2016

    I made these from a thrift store jacket and a Goodwill wool sweater. Fun! Easy!

  • Miroslavv1964
    Miroslavv1964
    on Mar 21, 2016

    I love this idea ..

  • Wendy Meacock
    Wendy Meacock
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Love your idea x

  • Elaine
    Elaine Canada
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Very nice - cables always add a nice interesting touch. For any ladies that can't find any good sweaters to suit, just knit a plain rectangle in a bulky yarn of your color choice & sew the ends like this contributor did. You can even hot glue the buttons on. If you can knit a plain garter stitch (i.e. knit every row), you're almost there. Google "how to knit decor pillow covers" or something similar and you'll see lots of ideas. If you don't have any bulky yarn, use 2 balls of worsted weight #4 yarn simultaneously.

  • Dee B
    Dee B Newport News, VA
    on Mar 21, 2016

    They look very nice and high end. Thanks for sharing.

  • Karrie
    Karrie Mogadore, OH
    on Mar 21, 2016

    beautiful! i love the buttons. :) i bought some thrift store sweaters a couple of years ago but have yet to take the plunge with the scissors--i think you just made it less scary for me. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Kathy smith
      Kathy smith Interlachen, FL
      on Mar 23, 2016

      You could use hemming tape at both ends.

  • Sherry Fram
    Sherry Fram Charleston, AR
    on Mar 21, 2016

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Joan
    Joan Spring Hill, TN
    on Mar 22, 2016

    I love them they are really pretty, thanks for sharing! ;)

  • Luanne
    Luanne Granger, IN
    on Mar 22, 2016

    Another cute idea is to use a button up front sweater and sew all 4 sides shut, leaving the button closure right up the middle!

  • Creatress
    Creatress Largo, FL
    on Mar 22, 2016

    So adorable, and cozy! But wait! Don't toss out the sleeves! Slip them over flameless candles and vases and embellish with jute, buttons, etc. for a precious ensemble. Then if you wanna really get creative, snug some thin sweaters taut over thin pieces of wood to make coordinating coasters. Ok, gotta go thrift shopping! Thanks Julie! {Uh oh...before I could click on 'comment'....I just pictured 'sweatered' book covers! I love it when one idea leads to another!}

    • Creatress
      Creatress Largo, FL
      on Mar 22, 2016

      @Julie Briggs Thanks Julie... but to give credit where it's due, I saw the candle and vase covers right here on Hometalk. The coasters and book covers come from my love of coordinating vignettes. Have fun!

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