Friday, November 4, 2011

Sweater Pillow – Pottery Barn Knock-Off

Last week I guest posted over at Crafty Scrappy Happy with Jaime and did a tutorial about a subject I'm quite a novice about...sewing.  But the project turned out great so if I can do it... anyone can

One of the quickest changes I think one can do to a living room or bedroom for a big impact is change out the throw pillows.  An even easier and cheaper way to do that, is change out the throw pillow covers. 

Here was my inspiration for my new pillows:
{Pottery Barn}

Here's my final result:

{Sweater Pillow Tutorial}

I started off with a Goodwill Sweater that I picked up for $3.99 and figured out where I wanted the pillow to be cut from of the sweater.

I was pretty lucky and the width of my pillow was the width of the sweater so I kept the seams from the side of the sweater in tack, which made my job even easier.  I flipped the sweater inside out so I could sew along the top and bottom of the cover.
{Tried getting a picture while sewing but it was pretty thick material and once I got started I didn't want to stop until I reached the end}. 

As I mentioned, I'm a sewing novice and didn't want to try and tackle a thick material like wool and try to add a zipper to close the cover.  So my design was the basic "envelope" type cover, but I just cheated and used the opening of the actual sweater, as the opening of the pillow.

I wanted the "opening" to stay shut since it was in the front of the pillow and not the back, so I used sew-on velcro.  I've never used this before and was SHOCKED at how heavy duty it was!  But, it was really easy to use, I just pinned it into its spot and sewed it on so the opening would stay closed. 

Next I just slid in a pillow insert I had on hand and lined up the Velcro and closed up the opening.

To add the illusion of a big comfy sweater I added two oversized wood buttons I picked up from Michaels for $4.00 and sewed them on (conveniently covering a visible button-hole).  I attached them using a dark brown yard and extra long needle, was a little tough to push through the layer of wool + velco but still doable.

{My son taking taking advantage of the new pillow while I'm still hard at work.}

After the buttons were sewed on it was all done!!! My brand new comfy sweater pillow for the cooler temperatures.


{Happy Dance}!

I love it and it a big knock off of the original price from Pottery Barn for a fraction of the cost.
Plus, with the velcro opening I can easily remove it after the winter season and it's time for a new fun spring cover.


  1. SO SO awesome!! I love the cozy look of it and the buttons are the icing on the...sweater ;)

  2. Ohhh I love it. I wish I knew even the basics of how to sew .. Maybe someday. That pillow looks great!

  3. Awesome! I've totally got to do this, and I already have the sweater. You are always full of great ideas!

  4. I absolutely love this tip! Amazing! And thanks for the clear tutorial. I already bought a blanket with the same style so now I got a huge inspiration to make the pillow covers myself.

  5. I prefer your pillows - the buttons really add to the overall look. Nice touch!

  6. This is great! I think yours is even cuter than the Pottery Barn pillow!

  7. That is a very clever idea! I could imagine having a good night sleep with that pillow. I'm loving it. I can't wait to try it.


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