Upcycled Sweater Mountain Cushion (Pillow)

Upcycled Sweater Mountain Cushion (Pillow)

Mountain Cushion : 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.
When upcycling my sweaters into a mountain cushion I decided that I would turn them into my own little mountain range, as reminder of what I’m missing.
Create your own little mountain decor by upcycling your old sweaters into a mountain cushion /pillow.  Full tutorial.

Hardanger Fjord Norway

Hardanger Fjord Norway

Upcycled sweater cushion
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What you need to make a Mountain Cushion

  • Old woollen sweaters (65% or more). Preferably in neutral colours like greys and greyish greens.
  • Small piece of cream felt (or cream woollen sweater).
  • Pillow stuffing.
  • Needle and thread, can either be sewn by hand or by machine
  • Pins, scissors, large sheet of paper (for pattern) & a pen
    Old Sweaters

    How to felt woollen Sweaters

    Felting wool is really easy. Like me you have probably done this in the past. Where you have accidently 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 woollen sweaters you need, heat, water and agitation.
    Felting binds the wool together which enables the sweaters to be cut without unravelling or fraying.
    Felting sweaters

    How to make a Mountain Cushion

    • 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.
       Felted Mountain Cushion

    • Pin this paper pattern on top of your sweater, and draw a snowy outline for the top of your mountain.
       Felted Sweater Mountain Cushion

    • 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.

    • 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.
      Grey mountain pinned top

    • Now pin the two mountain pieces right sides together and sew round the edge, leaving a small hole at the bottom for stuffing.
      Sweater Mountain Cushion

    • Using the hole, turn the sweater mountain cushion right way out. Stuff the cushion through this hole and then sew up to finish.
      Sweater Mountain Cushion
      Sweater Mountain Pillow

    Mountain Cushion Tutorial
    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 loving friends or family. You could make it more personal by repurposing one of their own sweaters.
    Mountain cushion Tutorial- Made from upcycled sweaters
    If you liked this here are some other posts you might want to check out.
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    You can find more upcycled craft ideas at favcrafts.


    46 Responses

    1. […] try this mountain pillows tutorial by Pillar Box Blue […]

    2. […] waiting to be upcycled), it was screaming out to me, Christmas tree!   I’d made cute sweater mountain pillows before so it wasn’t a huge leap to Christmas tree pillows. Just a different colour with a few […]

    3. Love your idea and I live in Vermont .. are wool sweaters the only kind that you can use. Thought of going to our local thrift store to look around

      • The thing about wool sweaters is that they can be felted and felt doesn’t fray. You could try other sweater fabrics and see if they would work too, as with this project fraying is not a big issue. You could of course just make the trees with craft felt.

    4. I might have commented on these awesome pillows before, and I’ve surely pinned them to my favorite pillow board. But I just now saw the tip about how to felt a wool sweater. I didn’t know that’s what it was called. But now I’ll be looking for wool sweaters at my local thrift stores 🙂

      • Thank you, Toni. I’m lucky in that my family hands me all there old sweaters and jeans that’s why I have loads to upcycle.

    5. I want to make a mountain-pillow!!!Yours are great!!!

    6. These have to be the cutest cushions! So clever Claire!!!

    7. Super cute! I can’t wait to try and make one. I love the snow caps!

      • Thank you so much. I just love the mountains and I thought it would be fun to have some mountain cushions.

    8. These are so fun! I love the snow cap. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

    9. […] Old wool sweaters – Felt them in a hot wash like I did with my mountain cushions. […]

    10. Adorable pillow and perfect for an adventurous little boys bedroom! Pinning!

      Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at the The DIY Collective this week! Hope to see you again next Thursday. The party begins at 6:00am EST.

      Hope you had an awesome weekend!
      ~ Ashley

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you very much ! And thank you for hosting.

    11. […] using a sweater you will need to felt this in the washing machine, then cut and sew your sweater so that you end up with a piece 25cm by 80 […]

    12. This is so original! I love your mountain cushions! Thank you for the inspiration!
      Greetings from Belgium, Sigrid

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you for your kind words, and greetings from England !

    13. Super cute mountains at your fingertips! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you, for visiting !

    14. This is such a great idea! And how lovely that you now have a tiny, cuddly mountain range to remind you of mountains. I recently saw a crochet pattern for mountain cushions, so there’s clearly a mountain movement emerging!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! I will definately be adding to my mountain range. Not sure about crocheting some though, I just have too many things on my crochet list at the moment, I’ll stick to felting as its quicker and easier. So much crafting to do and just not enough time !

    15. Such a great idea. Love these! Your love of the mountains is like my love of the beach- am always trying to bring more of it into my home.
      Stopping by from the Weekend Retreat Link Up.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! I love the sea too, that’s probably why the Norwegian Fjords are my favourite as they are where the mountains meet the sea the best of both worlds.

    16. So clever and cuddly! Visiting from CraftGossip’s Blog Handmade link-up:)

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you so much for visiting glad you like them they are lovely and soft.

    17. Such a cool pillow! We have really gorgeous mountains here in Washington, so maybe I should make a similar pillow, too! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks, you should give it ago, they do make me smile.

    18. I LOVE this idea!!! I live in Colorado so I will definitely be making these 🙂 <3

      • Claire Armstrong

        Lucky you living near mountains. Thanks !

    19. This is so brilliant! And adorable! I imagine these in every mountain cabin in the land. Also looks pretty doable for a beginning sewer like me. Thanks so much for the idea!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank You ! It is very easy to do, and I think they would look great in a mountain cabin.

    20. […] Upcycled Sweater Mountain Cushion, by Pillar Box Blue […]

    21. These are darling! Seriously, I can’t get over how cute they are!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you very much ! I really like them too and they are really soft and cosy.

    22. So beautiful! I love this idea. You could also make them from colorful/patterned sweaters and create colorful mountain cushions 🙂 (pinned!)

      • Claire Armstrong

        Yes colourful ones would look great too! Cheers!

    23. How clever. I would of never thought of using a sweater like this. I love it. Thanks for linking up to the Home Matters Party with you! #HomeMattersParty Hope to see you next week. http://lauraslittlehousetips.com/home-matters-linky-party-59/

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! I keep all the families old sweaters for upcycling projects especially the soft ones.

    24. So fun!!! A little sweater mountain range!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow evening that links to your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=85005 –Anne

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks a look forward to seeing it.

    25. Hi Claire, I love these pillows, they remind me of our Mt Rainier here in WA State. Thanks so much for leaving me some comment luv on my spool table post. I tried to reply directly to your comment, but you came up as a non reply blogger. Are you from Norway????? christinevandorm@gmail.com

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks for your lovely comments, my husband is from Norway. I was actually born and bought up in Hong Kong, where I lived on Mt Nicholson but it never had snow on it.

    26. What a super cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing and I love the detailing on the pillows!

      Happy day friend!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! They really do look sweet on my sofa and are lovely and soft.

    27. love it! and now maybe I’ll just have to use my husband’s cotton sweater with the bleach stains on it to make something too…..no felting of course, but could still be great…though I just realized it has a zipper down the front, hmmm. thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! I’m sure with your creative brain you could come up with something !

    28. What cute cushions. I am always making those felted jumpers without intending to. I also love your map chair. I have an old atlas set aside, with the idea of doing something like this to a table.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks glad you like the cushions I’ve done a post about a map table my friend did it worked out really well. You should definitely give it ago.

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