As a reminder of my love of mountains I upcycled some old wool sweaters into a mountain cushion/pillow.
I love living in Bedford, but there are a couple of things I don’t like, it’s as flat as a pancake, and is probably as far from the coast you can get in the UK. I love mountains, in fact my whole family loves mountains.
My husband and boys make an annual mountain climbing pilgrimage. They have now climbed all the major peaks in the UK, so will probably venture abroad for their next trip. We also all love to ski & snowboard, especially in the Alps. However our favourite mountains are those in Norway, we love the stunning fjords where the mountains meet the sea.
Upcycled Sweater Mountain Cushion (Pillow)
When upcycling my sweaters into a mountain cushion I decided that I would turn them into my own little mountain range, as a reminder of what I’m missing.
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What you need to make a Mountain Cushion
- Old woolen sweaters (65% or more). Preferably in neutral colours like greys and greyish greens.
- Small piece of cream felt (or cream woolen sweater).
- Pillow stuffing.
- Needle and thread, can either be sewn by hand or by machine
- Pins, scissors, a large sheet of paper (for pattern) & a pen.
How to felt woollen Sweaters
Old wool sweaters are one of my favourite fabrics to upcycle. If you felt them then they don’t fray or unravel when cut. This makes them great for crafting and DIY.
Felting wool is really easy. Like me, you have probably done this in the past. Where you have accidentally shrunk your sweater in the wash so that it is only fit for a toddler to wear!
To felt my sweaters, I just put them in a hot ‘cotton’ wash in the washing machine along with my normal washing. I then dry them in the dryer. I have managed to felt sweaters without using the dryer, but it does make them softer.
If for some reason this doesn’t work you can repeat the process again. Basically to felt woolen sweaters you need, heat, water, and agitation.
Felting binds the wool together which enables the sweaters to be cut without unraveling or fraying.
How to make a Mountain Cushion
1.. First, lay your sweater down with the front-facing up. Make a paper pattern of a mountain outline as big as is possible for your sweater.
2. Next, pin the mountain pattern on top of the felted sweater. Then, draw a snowy outline for the top of your mountain.
3. Next, using the pattern cut out 2 identical mountain pieces on from the font of your sweater and one from the back. Cut out your paper mountain top and use this as a template for cutting out 2 identical cream felt snowy mountain pieces.
4. Then, pin the cut out cream snow pieces to the top of each mountain piece. Both pieces should be right side up. Sew round the edges of the cream snow piece attaching it to the sweater pieces.
5. Next, pin the two woolen mountain pieces right sides together and sew around the edge, leaving a small hole at the bottom for stuffing. This can either be done by hand or on a sewing machine.
6. Turn the mountain pillow right sides out. Then, through the hole in the mountain cushion stuff it with fiber fill. Once the pillow is full then, hand stitch the hole shut.
I love my snowy topped cushion so much that I made another; one soon I will have my own mountain range. I think my cushion will look great with my piste map chair when I finish it.
They would also make a great seasonal gift for any mountain craft loving friends or family. You could make it more personal by repurposing one of their own sweaters.
I loved the my mountian pillow so much, I made it a friend.
If like me you have a passion for the mountains then you might want to check out these really interesting and beautiful free printable vintage mountain sketches and posters.
Even though you didn’t use the sleeves of the sweaters for these mountain pillows, keep them for a DIY knot pillow.
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