Five easy and inspired amazing sweater pillows

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Five Ways to Make Amazing Sweater Pillows

Sweater Pillows: Old wool sweaters are great for crafting as they can easily be felted and felted wool is perfect for transforming into lovely soft cozy pillows (cushions).
If you are a lazy sewer like me then felt is the perfect fabric for you. Unlike other fabric, felt doesn’t fray which is great as there is no need for seams and the fabric can easily be glued. It is also a dream to hand sew.
Felting sweaters is ridiculously simple and I do it all the time mostly by accident. When I mistakenly put my (often favourite) sweater in a hot wash and it shrinks to a toddler size. As everyone else in my household (except me thankfully), are over 6 foot tall these felted sweaters end up in my crafting pile.
If you want to deliberately felt an old wool sweater there are more details here.
My blogging friends have a monthly round-up where they share their five favourite somethings. This month I have compiled my five favourite sweater pillows to share. Click over to “the Purple Hydrangea” if you want see what everyone else has linked for their favourite five.
It's so easy to upcycle sweaters into an amazing sweater pillow.  These are my favourite five inspired sweater pillow tutorials.


1. Upcycled Sweater Mountain Cushions (Pillows) – Pillar Box Blue

As a child, I lived on the top of a mountain (all be it a small one). However now I probably live the flattest area of the UK. I really miss the mountains. In homage to my love of the mountains, I made these cute mountain cushions.
Mountain cushion Tutorial- Made from upcycled sweaters

2. Upcycled Sweater Pillow Cases – Maiden Jane

I love these chunky sweater pillows, the button detailing adds interest and the pocket can be used to hold the remote.


3. Valentine’s Sweater Pillows – In His Grip

Nevermind Valentine’s day these pillows will look great all year round. I especially love the heart shaped pink pringle sweater.
Valentines sweater pillows

4. Upcycled Sweater Bunny Pillows (Cushions) – Pillar Box Blue

Another holiday themed pillow idea are these Easter bunnies to add a bit of fun to your home decor.
Upcycled Sweater Bunny Pillows -

5. Fish on Friday Sweater Pillow – Dieraumfee
This sweater pillow has definately got that Hygge cozy thing going on, not just because it’s on a Danish website.
The muted greys and neutrals give it a definite Scandi vibe. If you don’t have a sweater big enough to make a pillow this would be a great one to do as you can make it with all your felted wool scraps.
sweater pillow
So don’t forget to hang on to your old wool sweaters to turn into an amazing pillow. I also think ugly Christmas sweaters make for great Christmas pillows.


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42 Responses

  1. thanks for the inspiration! I ‘m ging to dig in my closet, searching for sweaters 🙂

  2. I don’t think there is anything cozier than a sweater pillow. Thanks for sharing such great inspiration.


    • Thank you, especially if they are made from an old lambswool or cashmere jumper.

  3. Thanks for sharing my tutorial!

  4. Love the mountain pillows! Also love the arran cable jumper ones, wishing now that I’d kept the cardies Mum made me when I was little!

    • Thank you, I hang on to all the families woolen jumpers now just in case.

  5. I have never heard of felting pillows. Love the valentine one so much. Also a big fan of the button down with the pocket. Good stuff!

  6. Ann

    Love those mountain pillows!

  7. So much beautiful inspiration. Visiting from the Vintage Charm Link Party.

  8. I have so many favorite old sweaters that I want to sew into pillows! I love this post, now I’m inspired!

  9. Such cute sweaters! I have a cardigan of my grandfather’s that I try to wear but really it has never fit that well. This would be the perfect solution. Pinned!

    • Thank you so much, you should make a pillow out of it for sure.

  10. The fish scale one is my favorite, but they are all fun! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

  11. These are great ideas. Pinned! Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to see you again next week.

  12. OMG! What wonderful ideas, I love them all! My favorite is the mountain pillow. So creative! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. I love sweater pillows and these ones are great! I’d never seen anything like the last one with the scales. Very cool! 🙂 Lisa

  14. I love the bunny and the heart! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    • Thank you, those too are very seasonal Valentine’s and Easter.

  15. What a great collection of pillows, Claire. Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  16. These are adorable~ Love those mountains & the fish scale one! Pinned! Thanks for linking up at #MerryMonday!

    • Thank you Kim, I think I’m going to give the fish scale one a go.

  17. These are super cute! What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing with us over at Funtastic Friday!

  18. I love the sweater pillow with the pocket! I bet I can find some great sweaters at a resale shop. The ugly Christmas sweater pillow is a GREAT idea. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  19. That’s spooky, because I was in the Charity shop just the other day looking for a jumper I could felt for a cushion cover. I’ve not found one yet but I will continue my search – and now I have more ideas to choose from- thanks! #HandmadeMonday

    • I’m lucky in that I have a steady supply of jumpers for projects, my mum and aunt keep on accidently shrinking them in the wash.

  20. Claire, this round up of sweater pillows is great! They’re all so creatively made!

  21. I love recycling old clothes and making pillows.I have made some clouds-pillows,owls,pumpkins
    ( love yours!!!

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