Hobbies: Turn a sweater into a pillow cover

Recently I rediscovered an inspirational picture of a sweater pillow cover that I plucked from a magazine I thought it was pretty cute. Here’s how I whipped up a pillow I’ll always cherish:

Materials List:

Sweater of your choice

Pillow form sized to cover

Measuring tape


Sewing machine


Sweater measuring

1. So, I took my little sweater, in this case a cardigan, measured it from side to side, and found a pillow form a little smaller than the sweater to slip inside it.

2. First, I removed the arms (to restyle into their own new lives). I then cut the two sides to straighten them out (removing the arms created uneven sides), and adjusted the length to the size I needed, leaving {-inch on both sides and bottom, for seam allowances. My cardigan had buttons, of course, and an adorable little collar which added so much personality I had to leave that!

3. Once cut, having left the buttons buttoned, I turned the sweater inside out, and with ‘right’ sides together, lined up any obvious patterns in the knitted design, and pinned the 3 cut sides.

4. Then, using just a basic straight stitch and leaving a {-inch seam allowance, I stitched away. Before turning the sweater right side out, I snipped the excess fabric from the corners, so that once turned, those corners would be much “sharper.”

(Tip: For a more finished look, you might, out of an old T-shirt, make a pillowslip to put on the pillow first, before this sweater cover, to hide the unfinished edge of the pillow form that will be visible at the neck opening.)

5. I then unbuttoned my little cutie, turned it right side out, slipped the pillow inside, and buttoned it back up. If your sweater doesn’t have a cute collar, just cut and stitch that side like you would the other sides. Similarly, you can follow these instructions for any adult sized cardigan.

Shari Hiller and Matt Fox are best-known for HGTV’s “Room by Room.” They now host the PBS television series “Around the House with Matt and Shari.” Visit them on their website, www.mattandshari.com.


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