Turn an Old Sweater Into a Chic, Preppy Pillow

Add warm, menswear-inspired appeal to your bed pillows this winter with quick and easy slipcovers made from old sweaters and button-up shirts.

Materials Needed:

  • pillows or pillow inserts sized 16×16″, 18×18″ or 20×20″
  • knit sweaters or menswear shirts
  • needle
  • thread

1. Dress Pillow Insert. Gather your materials, then slide the sweater or shirt onto a pillow insert in a similar manner to dressing a torso.

2. Position Arms. To ensure a crisp, professional look, align the arms of the sweater or shirt with the top corners of the pillow insert.

3. Fold and Tuck Arms. Once arms are firmly positioned along sides of pillow inserts, gather the sleeve in your hand and tuck each arm inside itself. You want a clean arm opening free of bunching or stretching.

Tip: Folding the arm in creates a clean, crisp line along the upper sides of the pillow and ensures fabric remains firmly and neatly stretched across front and back.

4. Fold Neck. Fold the neck of the sweater or shirt onto the back of pillow form. This will create a clean line across the tip of the pillow. The same step can be used for shirts to keep collars flat and square.

5. Add Stitch to Neck. Using needle and thread, make a small stitch at corner of where neck meets back of pillow. This will hold the neck firmly in place without damaging the sweater, shirt or pillow insert.

6. Fold Bottom Corners. Fold corners of bottom of sweater to back of pillow insert.

7. Stitch Bottom Corners. Using needle and thread, make a small stitch at bottom corners of sweater where they meet back of pillow insert.

8. Stitch Arms. Untuck arms from the sides, then pull them across back of pillow insert. Using the needle and thread, add a few small stitches to keep them in place.

9. Add Menswear Flair to Your Home. Use the throw pillows to add whimisical menswear touches to your bedroom or living room this winter. Best of all: It just takes a few carefully-cut stitches to remove the sweater or shirt from the pillow insert when warmers months come.


From “Turn an Old Sweater Into a Chic, Preppy Pillow” by Brian Patrick Flynn. http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/turn-an-old-sweater-into-a-chic-preppy-pillow/page-3.html.


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