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College Sweater turned Pottery Barn Pillow

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I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I still had this sweater in my closet.  I’m not sure how it’s survived a few moves without being sold or given away.
Did you own one of these?  My long torso never liked this sweater!
First I chopped off the arms… then chopped the lower snap section.
Then I turned the sweater inside out and got to stitching. 
Remember I am no master sewer.  Replacing missing buttons and patching small holes has been the extent of my sewing expertise… till my resent plunge into blogging.  So if I can do this… you can too!
I just hand stitched to make this pillow cover.  You have most of the 2 sides done already with your existing sweater seams.  So, I started at the top and sewed the arm area, across the top and down the other arm area.
Then I right-side outed (is this a real term?) the sweater and stuffed in my pillow form.  Sewing off the bottom side was the final step.
I love my cozy sweater pillow!  Pretty darn close to Pottery Barn.  Here’s theirs…at $39.00.  I think I’ll keep my free one.
Tomorrow I’ll show you what I did with the sweater scraps!
Don’t forget… Power of Paint Party will start tomorrow (Tues) night at 7pm (PST).


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  1. OMG! I had a sweater like that. It, ummm, sort of creeped up, if you know what I mean. NOT comfortable. I think making pillows is the way to go here.

  2. I love it! I saw those in the catalog and was reminded of an old sweater that I have that I should do that with…

  3. BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the sweater pillow look– I have several of them (not PB– I got them on sale at Kohls), but I had to buy mine. Wish I'd seen your tutorial earlier!

  4. Hi! Stopping over fom Homebody. So funny- I totally remember those. I had a short sleeved T version and I kinda remember an embarrassing moment once when it came unsnapped!

    Anyway, your pillow looks great! I think I'll go hunt through my goodwill pile and see if I can find any cable knit!

  5. Very interesting sweater. : ) I have never seen a sweater like that. It made a fabulous pillow. Looks just perfect to cuddle up with on a cold night.

    Great knock off.

    I'm over from Holly's place. Great party.

  6. Your pillow looks so much better than it did as a sweater! (I didn't know they made those snap crotches for adults.)
    Thanks for linking up 🙂

  7. This is just the kind of project I am looking for to share with the women in my church. I have to teach a class next week about up-cycling and this is a perfect example!!!

  8. So inspiring! I am awful at sewing, but this lil project makes me want to get back on the horse and try!


  9. HAHA! that made me giggle. When i first saw the sweater I hadn't scrolled down fully. then bam! snaps like a baby onesie! i love it 🙂 🙂

    the pillow is gorgeous, but i am sure glad you showed where she came from!!

    great job 🙂

  10. Your PB pillow is great…and you get to giggle everytime you think of where it came from!! I had t-neck bodysuits- but not a sweater! They worked well with hip-huggers!

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