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How To Make a Sweater Pillow

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See how easy it is to make a pillow from a thrifted sweater with this simple tutorial.

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Merry Christmas! Okay, okay. I realize it’s still a few weeks until Christmas but I’ve already received my first Christmas present and given one as well! Why? Well, some of my blog friends and I signed up for a Secret Santa Gift Exchange and today is the big reveal! We sent a gift to one blogger and received one from our Secret Santa blogger.

How fun is that? AND, each gift had to be hand made with a tutorial so you can recreate it. To see all of the posts, click on the links found at the bottom of the post. There are some truly talented ladies on this tour!

For my project, I made a holiday sweater pillow for Christy at Confessions of a Serial DIY-er.

I must admit, I had a really hard time deciding on what to make. Then I remembered a fun sweater that I had found at Goodwill a few weeks ago.

Here’s the simple tutorial for this festive pillow.

How to Make a Christmas Sweater Pillow

Supply list

1. Wash the sweater if necessary

Since my sweater was a thrift store find, the first thing I did was wash it and then I let it air dry so it wouldn’t shrink.

2. Cut the sweater to the right size

Next, I cut off the sleeves and the top of the sweater, leaving enough to fit around the pillow form and allowed 1″ extra for the seams. I’ll probably use the sleeves for a wine gift bag.

3. Insert pillow form and hem edges

I turned it inside out and hemmed one end with the sewing machine and left the other end open. Then I inserted the pillow form, turned under the raw edges and pinned them together, as shown below. Next, I hand sewed it closed. It took about 5 minutes for that part. 

4. Attach ribbon

The next thing I did was layout the design of the velvet ribbon and attached with a generous amount of fabric glue

I didn’t care for the unfinished edge on the “O”, so I attached a small snowflake ornament in the middle of it with the fabric glue, disguising the end of the ribbon.

Here’s the pillow, ready to ship to Christy. She let me know when she got it and said it goes great with one of her recent projects, a red and white painted chair! Woot!

Now I get to show off what I got! My Secret Santa was the lovely and talented Jeanette at Snazzy Little Things and she sent me these pillow covers that are AMAZING! They’re so nice that I almost hated to show you what I made for Chrsty! What do you think? Aren’t they awesome? I’m so happy with them.

Head over to Snazzy Little Things to get the how-to for these beauties! And if you love these as much as I do, she’s launching an online shop where you can purchase them for yourself. They’d make great gifts!!

Stay tuned over the next few weeks because I’ll be sharing a Christmas home tour, holiday crafts, DIY projects, cookie recipes, a sneak peek at a Nashville show house, and more! It’s going to be very busy here in the ridge!

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  1. I love your handmade gifts. I just love the how the pillow turned out and the song birds. It's beautiful! I am going to pull out the only sweater I own and make a JOY pillow. LOL, awesome gifts Angie

    1. Thanks Vanessa. That sweater pillow is one of the easiest projects I've ever done! Look for them at thrift shops or even yard sales.

  2. I love your pillow Angie!!! That sweater was PERFECT for it!!! And the green….that just set it off completely. 🙂

    Love the pillows Jeanette did as well!

  3. Cute knitted Joy pillow and I just love your sheet music bird ornaments! What a great blog hop and now I'm off to see what everyone else made and received.

  4. Thanks again, Angie!! This was so fun…You're right, I do love birds. I used these beautiful glittery birds in my mantel…I'll be sharing it Monday! 🙂

  5. What a fabulous sweater pillow and the bird ornaments are adorable! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Leslie @ House on the Way

  6. Angie you did such a beautiful job on these! I love sweater pillows I really need to make some one of these days! Those ornaments are so pretty love how you used sheet music!!

  7. Love this so much! I love how the sweater you picked is so Christmasy and candy cane striped! Well done on the letters too!

  8. REALLY creative, using the striped sweater! How fun! And the doily is just the right added touch.
    Thanks for the tutorial Angie.
    These are great gifts for anyone.
    Merry Christmas!

  9. Your sweater pillow is perfect for Christy fabulous chair! Wonderful job. I'm making some of your song birds for our tree this year. They are so sweet and I'm doing a natural rustic Christmas. Thanks! Jeanette

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