Transform Your Old Sweaters Into Throw Pillows

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2 Hours

Grab some old sweaters to make these super cute round throw pillows.

I picked up this sweater at our local thrift store for $5 and got some matching yarn from Michaels.

Cutting out the pillow shape

Next I cut out a circle. If you want a square pillow you can do that instead.


Next I pinned it all together before giving it a straight stitch.

Finishing it off

I didn't sew it all up I left about 8 inches open to add my pillow insert. You can also add pillow stuffing however I find it doesn't work to well with knit. It tends to stretch the knit out and leaves it lumpy. Once my pillow insert was in I used a needle and thread to sew the rest up.

I did a zip up version of this pillow. Its super easy to install the zipper I share the full diy on my blog you can check it out here.

Making the Pom Poms.

Next I made some pom pom with this easy DIY pom pom kit. I've wanted to try this for sso long! I'll tell you what it's a game changer. The pom poms come out perfect every time and it only takes about 3-4 minutes to make one.

You simply wrap the yarn around these plastics.

Then you cut it and tie a knot to secure all the fluffiness.

And to finish it off you just trim the pom pom to shape it. That's it. Super easy.

I talk more in depth about the DIY pom pom kit and how to make them on my blog. If you like videos I even have the video version of the DIY up on the blog.

Here's how the pillows turned out! I can't believe they look this good! So happy with the finished results.

Thank you so much for tuning in. Hope this inpsires you to recycle some old sweaters into home decor!

Check out my blog for more home decor hacks! :)

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  • Kathy Hanson Kathy Hanson on Jun 26, 2020

    How were you able to cut the circle in sweater without the stitches coming out or causing runners?

  • Jeannie Berndt North Jeannie Berndt North on Jun 26, 2020

    So cute!! Great idea!!

  • Arrow Sihcteg Arrow Sihcteg on Jul 12, 2020

    Love these, how do you attach the pom-poms to the pillow? Sew each one individually? Thanks.

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  • Jackie Phillips Roberts Jackie Phillips Roberts on Aug 08, 2020

    I also would like to know how you attached the pom poms. Thanks!

  • Susan Mercurio Susan Mercurio on Feb 26, 2021

    It's not the sweater that makes these pillows so special; it's the pom-poms.

    • Fran Fran on Nov 02, 2022

      Yeah; if you like, you could use any piece of fabric in your color choice, and make matching pompoms to cover one whole side of the pillow.