Day #18: Sweater Pillows

Today is #18 in the 31 Days of Thrifty Fall Decor series.

Today’s Topic:

Sweater Pillows

Who doesn’t love a cozy sweater pillow when fall comes around.

They are a great “upcycle” project that adds warmth and texture to a space.

I finally got around to making one this year. There is a down pillow inside which makes the pillow so comfortable!

It usually sits in the dinning room chair below.

To start, find an old sweater, or purchase one from a thrift store. I originally planned on making two pillows out of one sweater, by backing them with other material that I had, but I got lazy and ended up just making one with the front and back of the sweater.

I laid the sweater material over the pillow so I could see where I needed to cut.

Here are my two squares I ended up with for the front and back of the pillow. Remember, the material is stretchy, and you want it to be snug on the pillow.

Pin it inside out and sew up three sides.

Then put the pillow back inside to check you measure correctly and to know where to make the forth seam.

Cut the excess off the sides.

I also sewed the corners so they would be rounded, and cut the excess off.

Lastly, sew up the fourth side.

That’s it! A pretty easy project for a $2-$3 dollar sweater at the Thrift Store.

Note: If you live in the Tri-Cities, Wa. I purchase my upcycle project clothing and sweaters at New Beginnings on Lee Blvd.

All sweaters and shirts are $2.50!

There are SO MANY cute sweater pillows on Pinterest!

It’s amazing how creative you can get with them!


  1. New Beginnings is THE BEST! If you happen to find a kid sweater there, it would be even less, although the pillow won’t be as big either. I love that store! Who can beat kid jeans for $2???

  2. Awesome Katie! I love it! Could you make one or two for me please? (I;m helpless when it comes to sewing) lol!

  3. Fabulous pillow! Such a great idea. I love the texture. I think I will be on the hunt for ugly christmas sweaters to make into pillows for my family this year. They would just love me so much for that 😉

  4. Love your cozy sweater pillow, Katie! I’ve been meaning to make one, but haven’t had a chance to go thrifting lately!

  5. I found the perfect sweater at Goodwill MONTHS ago for my very own pillow but of course have not gotten around to it. Seeing yours gives me motivation to get moving!!!

  6. Love this pillow Katie!! Looks like a PB pillow!!! Such a clever way to use those sweaters we see at the Goodwill, great tute! I would love it if you would share this amazing project at my linky Party – It’s Party Time, here Have a great week girlfriend 😀

  7. JaneEllen says:

    I especially love how you rounded the corners while sewing.
    I’ve heard so many people complaining about thrift store pricing lately. Our local one is getting ridiculous. Our GW is really out of range. Retail store pricing for old stuff?
    Your pillow looks so cushy and comfy. I was looking at our local thrift store today but alas, no cable sweaters available. What sweaters there were were pretty ratty. Happy Week/end

    • Our GW is crazy! I try to shop at a local thrift store because their prices are soooo much better and they donate all the proceeds to local charities. I drop my stuff there too.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Love sweater pillows and this is the way to go!! I’d like to invite you to link it up to my Twirl & Take a Bow party at Hope you can stop by!

  9. I’m loving this!! I need to make a few for sure. I’m crossing my fingers that the thrift stores around me have sweaters as nice as that one!

  10. Love this and your blog! We just featured it on our blog Primal Difference would love for you to come by and comment!

  11. These are Great! I know more than a few old sweaters that would have made nice pillows…better pillows than they made sweaters!

    Hopping in from Crafty Confessions Link-Up

    TracyAnn from and

  12. I wish my thrift stores were that cheap! The pillow looks so pretty!

  13. Very cute!

  14. Lovely! It’s amazing how much the little touches bring to a room.

    I’m starting a new link party today and would love for you to come link up.

  15. i’m crazy for cableknit pillows! love this and the color too.

    hope you’ll stop by when you have a moment.

    smiles to you.


  16. Thanks so much for linking this beautiful tutorial to Its Party Time! Love sweater pillows!!!

    Have a great weekend Katie xox

  17. ps You’re one of my featured projects tomorrow 🙂

  18. Great idea!

  19. I love it! I have a couple sweaters that no longer fit – they will be taking up a new residence on my couch now!


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