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Here is another upcycled/repurposing idea for everyone: sweater pillows.  Since I really needed some couch pillows, this makes for a fabulously frugal and really cool recycled clothing idea.  I gave the argyle one to my sister-in-law.

My friend gave me an entire pile of clothing, yes, this is in addition to my already full closet full of my mother’s clothes!  I can’t say no to a good clothing deal though, and free is the best deal of all.  Out of that pile came a really cool men’s argyle sweater which was way too big for my husband but also way too cute to let go.  Then, I came across this blog post about turning a sweater into a pillow and I had to try it out.

First, I cut up a regular bed pillow.  We had a ton of extra down pillows in the house because my husband didn’t really like sleeping on them.  I cut it in half, with lots of extra feathers left over to make a small pillow with some extra cloth from other clothing projects.

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Buy-bye feathers!

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Look at all those extra feathers!

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Then, I pinned along the raw edge.

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And I sewed it on up.

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My pillow was too fat, and cause me to go off balance, so I sewed that part up too.  Fortunately, no one will see this edge.

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Here’s the sweater.  Isn’t it cute?

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I cut off the edge on one side (the side opposite the argyle pattern).

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Then I cut underneath the armpits to make a rectangle.  The bottom got chopped off too, where the sweater had an edge.

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Next, I sewed an edge under the LEFT EDGE of the pillow.  This is where you will “stuff” the sweater with the pillow.

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Then, I sewed the top and bottom into place, removing the edge where I just sewed.  I gave some extra room in the back of the pillow so no one would see.

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Next, I sewed over the flap and hand-stitched it into place.

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Now, the fun begins!  Stuffing the sweater …

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… or stuffing three!

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See the little red one?  That’s from a child’s sweater, with all that extra feather stuffing from the pillows.  It was just enough to create all three.

I added some buttons from other clothing to add details, but you don’t have to.

What do you think?  Don’t you just love these darling little pillows?


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