$5 Dollar Challenge Finalist: Sweater Pillows

$5 Dollar Craft Finalist Megan Pyrah explains how to turn an old sweater into something fresh and fancy!

Sweater – one from your closet or thrifted
Pillow form
Measuring tape
Sewing machine
Straight pins
Embellishments (like buttons) – optional

Step 1: Wash and dry your sweater. I picked up two from a thrift store in the same color but different thicknesses and textures. Turn the sweater inside out.

Step 2: Place your pillow form onto your sweater lining up one edge of the form with a side of the sweater if possible. This makes 1 less seam for your to sew!

Step 3: Measure around the pillow leaving a margin to sew. Mark and cut the sweater. Sew the two pieces together leaving a space to slip the pillow form in. Cut away the excess sweater (save for other projects!) and turn right side out.

Step 4: Slip the pillow form in and hand stitch the opening closed.

Embellish if desired. I added a button to the center and back pulling the center together.

Pillow #2 Sweater rosettes

With my 2nd sweater I added different embellishments:

Step 1: I cut the cuff off of one sleeve and sewed a basting stitch all the way around one end.

Then I pulled it tight and knotted it off.

Repeat on the opposite end.

Step 2: Holding one end, “smoosh” the shape down to create a round looking flower. Stitch the two layers together with a few small stitches.

Place onto the pillow top and stitch into place.

Then I added rosettes by taking a couple of different strips and rolling them.

That’s IT! Pillows that are cozy, soft, original, and best of all… $5 Dollars or less!

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