DIY Sweater pillows – cozy up!

This project is a great way to cozy up your couch in the Winter time! Not only does it add warmth and texture to the room they just inviting. Aren’t they? 🙂 
let’s get started!
sweater – one from your closet or thifted
Pillow form
measuring tape
sewing machine
straight pins
embellishements (like buttons) – optional 
—> (don’t forget to share a picture of your pillows if you give this a try!) <—-

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 a rosettes by taking a couple of different strips and rolling them. 
and that’s IT! Pillows that are cozy, soft and original! 
Make them in bold fun colors too! 




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  1. I love sweater pillows. Yours came out great! The rosettes are such a sweet touch. Also, I LOVE that blanket. Where did you get that?

  2. VERY cute!!

  3. These are wonderful! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. 🙂 You can see it here

    Thanks for the great idea!

    If you would like a “featured by” button, you can grab one here!

  4. Soooo gorgeous!!!

  5. Don’t the sweaters unravel when you cut them?

  6. I love these so much! Would you share them at my linky party Friday? I can’t wait to make some!

  7. You could also do a nice bolster for a bed or day bed out of a sleeve and scrunch the ends like you did with your rosette – use the basting stich but use a heavier yarn so it holds better. Embellish with ribbon or use buttons on the ends. I must go check out the closet now to see if I have anything I can use to try this with. Thanks for sharing.!

  8. loooove these! I’m totally taking some sweaters out of the goodwill bag to try this out!

  9. I love working iwth sweaters! These pillows are fabulous!

  10. I love your sweater pillows. They look so soft and inviting. The perfect pillow for winter!

  11. I love this!! And it’s so easy too! thanks! 🙂

  12. Great project and simple. I have sweaters and pillow forms already. Maybe I’ll finally cover the pillow forms I bought this summer.

  13. I love this idea! I think I may try it today! 🙂 Thanks so much! I hope you have a fabulous day!!

    Check out my blog here:

  14. These look so cozy – I have to try this!
    I’m your newest follower from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop – come follow me too! 🙂

  15. Stopping by from the Wednesday Hop to say hello and to follow.
    Have a great day!

  16. Cute! I love this idea!

    Stopping by to follow you from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop. I’ve really gotten into hops recently and am excited to check out some of your older posts. I’m now following you, I hope you’ll follow me back at

  17. super duper cute! Love this idea!

  18. What a great idea!! These are so cute!

  19. I am so in love with these! They are super chic and something I really need to make. Thanks for linking up to Upcycled Awesome this week:}

  20. Seriously love those! Will probably make one (or five) this month!!

  21. Seriously Love These! I think I’ll give them a try. Thanks.

  22. Bee-You-Ti-Full! These look amazing.

  23. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Jan 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  24. this is so pretty! i love the one with the button!!

  25. Beautiful! I’m sharing these on my blog, thanks for the fantastic idea.


  26. Your pillows are wonderful.

  27. Oh my goodness. What a great idea!!! Please come link this project up at Thrifty Thursdays. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!


  28. <3! Your photo looks like it’s from a mag. Thanks for linking!

  29. What a great idea! Love it.

  30. I highlighted your beautiful pillows on my blog!

  31. While I’m looking for great sweaters to make my own, you were part of the inspiration for my own up-cycled pillows

  32. Megan,

    I love those sweater pillows you made. And the button one, so simple yet so perfect! And don’t you just love your Pier One throw? I have the same one, although the kids pulled one of the poms off ;-(.

    Thanks for sharing.

  33. love love love the pillows!!!!


  34. They are darling and they look so comfy!

  35. How great are those. I have some sweaters hanging around that I could give new life to. Im getting them out tomorrow. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  36. I’m just not that clever, I never would have come up with an idea this cute for repurposing my old sweaters. I so can’t wait to try it myself. I’ve got a sweater the grandma used to wear, it’s cute but a bit small for me, but it matches my bedding…now maybe grammie can cuddle with me again!

    Thanks for a lovely share.

    Out for a little hopping, following you now.

    Come by Lucy’s when you get a chance.


  37. Love these! Gorgeous! May have to give it a try!

  38. I am following you as part of the blog hop. Please, follow me back at or on facebook Madame Deals, INC, Goggle Friends, or twitter. Thank you, Amee

  39. I’m super impressed! These look so classic and expensive! I’m following you now!

    I hope you’ll come enter my contest for a Thirty One Tote at

  40. Very cute. I’m going to have to go thrifting for some sweaters.

  41. I love cable knit sweaters but you can’t find them here in Florida.
    I love your blanket too.

    I am visiting from the CSI project. I am numbers 86,87,88, and 89.

    Cheri from and

  42. I moved from Utah to Hawaii this year, so I have LOTS of neglected sweaters sitting in my garage…thanks for helping me decide what to do with them. 😉



  43. Very cute! Love the button center idea. Beautiful photos too.

  44. These are beautiful! Great tutorial too… I’m going to use it to make some of my own. I featured you today on my favorite things 🙂

  45. Just cleaned out my sweater drawer yesterday and found 2 that had spots but I didn’t put them in the trash. Can’t wait to make pillows of them. Thanks

  46. Megan-
    These pillows are incredible! I can’t wait to raid my “donate bag” and reclaim some old sweaters! I just found you on Show & Tell Saturday and I adore your site! (I’m your latest follower too.)
    Great project!
    – Kim

  47. Love it! I think I need to make a trip home to raid my dad’s closet….

  48. These are gorgeous! They look so elegant yet cozy. I’m saving this tutorial for a rainy day.

  49. I love seeing this post. I have a sweater in my closet that I bought at GW to make a pillow from. This post is inspiring me to get it done!
    Thanks for sharing.

  50. Adorable pillows! Great idea with the sweater. Makes me want to curl up on them and take a nap 🙂

  51. I would love to curl up and take a nap on those pillows! Thanks for the tutorial- I’m on a hunt for sweaters now!

  52. Hi. Great idea!Thanks for sharing.

    Visit me and post a comment.

  53. Awesome–very warm and cozy looking.


  54. Those are too cute!

    Thanks for linking up to Craftify It Thursday!
    Hope your having a great weekend!

  55. Love these! I was just thinking I needed to spice up my family room with something different. Your pillows are so soft and cozy looking. Just may have to make some. Thanks for the tutorial!

  56. So beautiful!

  57. Love them, and will give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  58. Your pillows are lovely!!! I made some too, but I got some new ideas from you for the rosettes. You do lovely work.

  59. Saw these at a Linky Party and Studio 5 AT THE SAME TIME. Whoa. Love them!

  60. LOVE THEM! Great job 🙂 Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! The party will be open all week if you’d like to link up multiple projects. Have a great day!

  61. Found you on Mad in Crafts! I love this idea! I have been trying to decide how I want to do the pillows for my bed and I think I just found it. Thanks.

  62. Oh how I love these so nice….glad I found your blog via Tuesday Blog Hop..


  63. These are AMAZING! I’m putting a link to these on my blog with 1 of your pics…ok?! I’m a fan and want others to see your crafty awesomeness 🙂

  64. I featured your post! Check it out:

    Stop by and grab a button if you want!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  65. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post today on FTF! Thanks for linking up and grab a featured button if you would like one! 🙂

  66. these are absolutely adorable!! I can’t wait to try it out myself. I don’t have a big following yet but Im working on that!! Just wanted to let you know I linked up to your post and shop in my most recent post. You can see it here

  67. Megan, these are just beautiful. I will have to make a run to Goodwill to see what I can come up with.


  68. I love your sweater pillows. I have made a sweater pillow before using one of my daughter’s cardigans she wore when she was three. I especially love the rosettes. What an amazing look they give to the pillows. I linked over from Finding Fabulous. I am your latest follower. I’d love if you would come check out my blog and follow me back. Thanks.

  69. I love these! I can’t wait to make some for my home..what a great tutorial.

  70. Just wanted to let you know I featured you today on Feel free to grab our “I was featured” button!

  71. so cute! I just saw your feature on Finding Fabulous. Great tutorial!

  72. These pillows are gorgeous. Who says upcycled things can’t look gorgeous? Great job!

  73. Hi there, I was so inspired by your post that I gave it a try!
    Your tutorial was very helpful! I posted about mine on my blog, if you want to take a look.
    Thanks again!

  74. I finally got mine made! thanks for the inspiration

  75. I finally found the time to make a set of these for myself – love them! Thanks for the inspiration.

  76. Love these pillows, thanks for sharing! Just linked your post on my blog 🙂

  77. Hello… I just discover your blog and it’s so great… Cute and mervellous ideas… Thanks a lot !

  78. I found your sweater pillow blog through pinterest and just had to make a couple of my own! I don’t have a sewing machine or even a needle and thread, but I do have a hot glue gun!! For my first time, they didn’t turn out too bad. Thanks for the idea! My living room has been in dire need of accent pillows for a long time!! I will try to post some pics, but I apologize if it doesn’t work:
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  79. These are perfect for fall right now! I so want to make these! I featured them on my blog today!

  80. I just love these pillows. Too bad I’m not much of a sweater wearing person, and don’t have any I can use to make these… might have to go thrifts store shopping.

  81. These are beautiful! 🙂

  82. I love this idea! I have a few sweaters in my closet that would make perfect pillows! Definitely giving this a try! I found you over at Centsational Girl. She featured your pillows in the Pinterest Challenge! Hope you stop by and visit me at

    – Alicia

  83. OMG! These are gorgeous! I bought a fabulous vintage tub chair at a yard sale and I bought a big cushion to sit in it. I just haven’t been able to figure out what to do in regards to a pillow cover. It’s been sitting naked waiting for some attention for months. lol

    Thanks so much for this! 🙂

  84. Hi,
    I Love this project!
    I usually make it with woolen Sweaters i Washington
    Felt before using !
    It’s a wonderful thing for old, loved and worn
    I’ll try the idea with the button soon!
    Thank you for sharing!

  85. I love these. I pinned for future reference 🙂

  86. I love these! I am definitely going to run over to my local thrift store soon!

  87. I featured your pillows today! Hope you check it out! I’m almost finished with my upcycled pillows! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  88. SO CUTE! I featured this tutorial on my blog, today:

    PS. The only way I can comment on your blog is to use my husband’s google account (this is a common issue with wordpress bloggers commenting on blogger blogs)… if you are able to offer the “name/url” option for comments, it would be helpful. Who knows you may also get more comments from others who have the same problem?

  89. LOVE this idea!!! went out and bought 4 sweaters from goodwill today for $10, and instead of pillow forms, i’m just going to use the decorative pillows i already have as forms (just to save even more $$) cheapest ‘make-over’ ever!

  90. Love it whitledgea! love the resourcefullness! 🙂

  91. Beautiful! Great tutorial thanks : )

  92. Wow!!Great idea.Thanks

  93. Love this idea! What type of needle and stitch did you use? I’ve tried this before and ended up breaking 3 needles. Whoops. Thanks! These look amazing!

  94. Darling pillows, I know just the sweater whose time has come …

  95. WOW! these cushions look so amazing! I saw some at a store and they were super expensive, but what a great idea it is to make your own. Definitely gonna try this
    keep up the great work
    and I’d really love it if you visit my blog at and let me know what you think
    happy blogging!


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