Thrift Store Sweater Pillows!


I was in several thrift stores right before Halloween hunting for the perfect accoutrement for my outfit. Yes, I just used accoutrement in a sentence. I like fancy words sometimes. While I was hunting through rack after rack of worn sweaters, I thought it would be cool to make a slightly less ugly one even better looking. It’s that time of year where sweater pillows and chunky knit throws are everywhere. Why buy new when you can make make your own and reuse?

Supplies & Tools Needed

  • Ugly sweater that has seen better days
  • Matching Thread
  • Sewing Machine

Total Cost

  • Sweater- $5.90
  • Thread (already owned)- $0

Total Cost: $5.90!!

1. Wash that sweater to get that thrift store smell gone! Although maybe you like the smell of moth balls and your grandma’s attic.  Horrible lighting!


2. I cut off the neck and sleeves. I already had a 18″ x 12″ pillow insert, so I cut my sweater down to approximately 19″ x 13″. I kept the edges of my sweater intact so I would have 2 less sides to sew!


3. I then cut a straight line down the back of the pillow. I was doing this so I could do a flap-like closure. I wasn’t in the mood to sew a zipper or buttons, they’re a pain.


4. I then used the bottom ribbing of the sweater that I had cut off, and pinned and sewed it to the edges of the back flap enclosures. Skip to the 3rd picture below if it sounds confusing, the pic helps to explain.
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This is how the flaps will look in their final position with everything sewn together.


5. Then I pinned the top piece together about an inch down from the top and sewed. I ended up having to hand sew the area where the sweaters overlap on the back as it was too thick for my sewing machine.

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6. Repeat for the bottom side.

7. You’re done! This is what it looks like inside out.


8. Turn your sweater cover inside out, and insert the pillow through the open flap. Fluff and enjoy your new pillow!

IMG_0325IMG_0326 IMG_0321Penny doing her best Blue Steel impression


Disclaimer: Next time I am going to make sure I use a much bigger sweater. I was paying so much attention to whether I liked the pattern on the sweater, I picked the smallest sweater ever. Seriously I think I bought it in the kids section.


3 thoughts on “Thrift Store Sweater Pillows!

  1. Patricia Routt

    Beautiful pillows, I’m going to give this a try. I love Penny, I bet she is right there with you when you are cafting, and I can tell she enjoys your pillows.

  2. Pingback: 21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations - An Oregon Cottage

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