Upcycled Sweater Pillow

2 Materials
2 Hours

I am kind of in love with this upcycled sweater pillow decor that I made as my project for the 2021 Pillow Party. The insert is a lumbar pillow from Fairfield World. It is a 14×28 inch pillow insert stuffed with Poly-Fil. It is super comfy, soft and squishy. Currently I have it on my bed and love using it on my lower back when I sit up and scroll though Instragram at night.

Supplies and Materials Need for an Upcycled Sweater Pillow

Steps to Make Upcycled Sweater Pillow

Step One

Lay sweater out on cutting mat, inside out.

Step Two

Cut sweater with outsides facing in to measure 14 1/2 by 28 1/2 using a rotary cutter on a cutting mat.

Step Three

Sew around the edge leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave an 8 inch opening to allow space to insert the pillow form.

Step Four

Flip the sewn sweater rectangle right side out and insert the pillow form. Hand stitch the opening with thread that matches the sweater.

Step Five

If desired, make pom poms from strips of felt to sew on the 4 corners of the pillow.

This adds a playful, fun and creative touch.

Suggested materials:
  • Lumbar Pillow Insert   (Fairfield World)
  • Sweater   (Thrift Store)
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  • William William on Dec 20, 2021

    Great way to recycle old sweaters. Love the gnome!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 20, 2021

    Instead of using a standard pointed end presser foot, I would recommend a roller foot. These are not expensive, and make the task of seaming open knits such as the sweater used for this project, or fabrics that catch, sew! much easier.