Simple Pillow Covers from Sweaterscomments (0) November 8th, 2012
Do you have some old sweaters that are knit with beautiful yarns but they're a little stretched out or the style is just outdated? You can reclaim those sweaters and easily transform them into cozy pillow covers for your couch or bed. I even made one pillow from a cashmere sweater and left the edges rough and curled - Pure Luxury!
First, make sure your sweater is cleaned and dried completely. Decide what type of cover you'll make. An envelope type opening will give you the flexibility of a removable cover that can be washed. These come together very easily and are a perfect project for beginning sewers since the lines are pretty straight. It will probably take you more time to decide what sweaters to use for your project. Each pillow I covered took about 20 minutes from start to finish, super-satisfying!
1. Lay your sweater on a hard, flat surface.
2. Insert the pillow you will cover to make sure the sweater will fit.
3. Trace your stitching lines with a ruler and chalk
4. Sew over your stitching lines with a regular sewing machine or serger. If your sweater is stretching, it might help to place it between two pieces of tear away stabilizer. Go slow and make sure your presser foot doesn't catch on the yarns. Big, bulky knits might be best for intermediate or advanced sewers. Real stretchy sweaters can be a challenge too for beginners. For the easiest cover, choose a sturdy, firm knit that doesn't pull out of shape easily.
5. Insert your pillow form again before trimming to make sure your are happy with the fit. Re-stitch any areas that need to be tucked or tightened. A snug fitting cover will look more professional than a sloppy one with uneven corners.
6. Trim your pillow edges after your are happy with the fit. Insert your pillow and enjoy!
This is a great way to refurbish your old sweaters and give life to an old couch. Some of my toss pillows from my original couch were so flat that I used two of them to make one new covered pillow. I found 2 pillow forms from a local thrift store. I have a steam fresh cycle on my washing machine and I tossed the pillows in there along with 4 drops of Young LIving's Purification essential oil blend to freshen the fibers without chemicals.
You could take your design a step further and embellish your pillows with extra yarns, buttons and fabric. If you are going to hand stitch your pillow closed, unravel yarns from the sleeve or neck and use this with a tapestry needle to sew the edge closed. The yarns will blend in nicely with the sweater knit and be more durable than just thread.