How to Recycle a Sweater into a Chair Cover

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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A cute, comfy sweater becomes a cozy chair cover with very little time and effort. Use the leftover bits of the sweater to make a matching pillow.
I found this chair at a local secondhand shop for $10. It needed lots of love. The previous owner had left it out in the elements for who knows how long. Still, I love a challenge. Before I covered the seat, I sanded, primed, and painted the chair a glossy black.
This sweater was a thrift store find marred by a big, ugly hole. I might not be able to wear it, but that doesnt mean I cant craft with it!
A cute, comfy sweater becomes a cozy chair cover with very little time and effort. Use the leftover bits of the sweater to make a matching pillow.

A cute, comfy sweater becomes a cozy chair cover with very little time and effort. Use the leftover bits of the sweater to make a matching pillow.

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Once you've chosen and prepared the chair, choose a sweater that is big but not overly large. Depending on the size of the seat you wish to cover, a ladies' size large should be big enough to do the job.


This sweater was a thrift-store find marred by a big, ugly hole. I can't wear it, but that doesn't mean I can't craft with it.

Use a seam ripper and scissors to take the sweater apart. Use the largest piece, the sweater's back, as the fabric to cover the seat.

Don't worry if the seat is a larger than the sweater. Since it's a sweater, you can take advantage of its inherent stretch.

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Comments (6)

rainwolfe writes: I am loving all the great things I'm learning on this site to do with the sweaters I have hanging around that I love, but haven't worn in years.
Thanks!
Posted: 12:31 pm on February 2nd
margoly writes: Perfect timing for this wonderful idea! My son gave me 3 extra- large cashmere sweaters (yes, cashmere!) that he no longer wears. He wanted me to make some couch pillows out of them. I just hated the idea of cutting into them -- but now I can hardly wait! The idea for using the sleeves is also great. I will make a 'kidney' roll pillow out of mine. Thanks!


Posted: 10:04 pm on January 16th
gracie_girl writes: Good idea for a comfy chair...

Posted: 4:54 pm on January 16th
sherlo65 writes: This is a great idea! I will try it sometime.
Posted: 9:07 pm on January 14th
erika_kern writes: Thanks! It was much easier than I thought it would be when I first had the idea. Took me no time at all!
Posted: 12:58 pm on January 14th
Sister_Diane writes: This is AWESOME!!
Posted: 12:36 pm on January 14th
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