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DIY Christmas Tree Shaped Pillow: Turn an Old Sweater into Festive Decor!

Discover the joy of upcycling with this DIY Christmas Tree Shaped Pillow from an old sweater. Perfect for adding a cosy, festive touch to your holiday décor!

When I saw this green jumper in my junk trunk (yes, I have a chest full of old sweaters and jeans waiting to be upcycled), it screamed, ” Christmas tree”!

A Christmas Tree Shaped Pillow / Cushion

The holiday season is here, and the air is filled with the scent of gingerbread and pine. What better way to embrace the festive spirit than crafting a cosy Christmas Tree Shaped Pillow using an upcycled old sweater?

This Christmas sewing project is environmentally friendly and adds a personal touch to your holiday decorations.

I’d made cute sweater mountain pillows and acorn-shaped pillows before, so it wasn’t a huge leap to Christmas tree pillows. Just a different colour, with a few decorations! This pillow was simple to make. Upcycling sweaters for Christmas is one of my favourite crafts.

Pom poms were the perfect decorations for my Christmas tree pillow as they look like colourful baubles. And who doesn’t like a pom pom?

It also helped me use up some of my embarrassingly large yarn stashes. However, I need to make a whole forest of Christmas tree pillows to make a real dent.

Green sweater before

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Materials Needed To Make Pillow

  • Old wool green sweater – (Needs to be at least 70% wool to felt.) You can use a green sweatshirt to make the pillow and miss out on the felting stage, but it would be as fluffy.
  • Some brown felt (can be from a sleeve of a wool sweater)
  • White Chalk
  • Small balls of yarn in various colours
  • Small Pom Pom maker
  • Fiberfill
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread

How to Make A Christmas Tree Shaped Pillow

Step 1: Felt your sweater in a hot wash in the washing machine. You have probably done this by accident, where you shrink your favourite sweater to a size only fit for a toddler. (If you want more felting details, you can find them here)

Felting the wool sweater stops the yarn from unravelling when you cut it. If you use an old sweatshirt or a non-wool sweater, you can still make a Christmas tree shaped pillow with it. Just miss out on felting.

Step 2: Next, lay your felted sweater out flat. Using the chalk, mark out the biggest triangle shape the sweater will allow.

chalking out tree shape on sweater

Step 3: Cut out the triangle shape. You can cut out a trunk for your tree if you have a brown felted sweater.

Pin and sew up the cushion outline, the right sides together, leaving a gap at the bottom.

making a Christmas tree pillow

Step 4: Turn the pillow, right sides out and stuff it with fiberfill before sewing up the bottom. There is not a lot of sewing, so it can be stitched by hand if you don’t have a machine.

Step 5: Finally, using the pom-pom maker, make the decorations in various colours and sew them to your tree. I made ten pom poms to adorn my repurposed sweater Christmas tree. Or use buttons, ribbons, or any decorative materials to decorate your Christmas tree pillow.

making pom poms
Make a really cute Christmas tree pillow from an old green sweater.  Add fun and colourful decorations to the sweater tree with pom poms.
Upcycle an old sweater into holiday magic with this Christmas Tree Shaped Pillow DIY! A cozy addition that's bound to make your festive season even more special.

I’m always making pillows from repurposed old sweaters and have one for other seasons, such as this bunny pillow for Easter. Check out all these homemade pillow design ideas.

Don’t forget to keep the sweater scraps for other Christmas crafts, such as these repurposed sweater balls and funky felt garlands.

Pom poms are also a great way to use up scraps of yarn. Colours can be combined to make multicoloured pom poms. I combined different coloured yarns into one pom-pom when making Marimekko-styled pom-pom flowers. I even made a Christmas tree entirely out of pom poms.

upcycled sweater DIY christmas tree shaped pillow

Pam @Threading My Way

Friday 12th of January 2018

Super cute, Claire. Sorry for the late comment. Pinning for next year.

Claire Armstrong

Friday 12th of January 2018

Thank you, Pam.


Saturday 23rd of December 2017

You never disappoint, I love these, will be pulling out old sweaters. Thanks, and Happy Holiday's

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 23rd of December 2017

Thank you, Ivory and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!

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Jessi @ Practically Functional

Friday 8th of December 2017

This turned out so cute! Perfect for getting the sofa in the holiday season!

I just wanted to let you know that you were featured as a Rockstar at last week's Creativity Unleashed party! Congrats, and thanks for sharing at our party!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 8th of December 2017

Thank you, that's awesome!