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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sweater Pillow {Guest Post PB & J Stories}

Alright guys---I just adore Pamela and her blog PB & J Stories!
We are lucky to have her here this week!!!!
Boy have I met some amazing blog friends---and this gal is for sure one of them!!!!

My name is Pamela and I'm the one that blabbers on over at PB&Jstories.  I'm so excited to be guest posting at Crafty Scrappy Happy with Jaime.  She and I have exchanged friendly emails and comments back and forth since I found her blog several months ago.  She's one of those bloggers that I wish we could team up on the weekend and tackle projects together!

Typically you can find DIY project reveals and tutorials on my blog, mixed in with some "life like" posts about my family, friends, or style trends.  I've also recently opened an Etsy shop, PB&Jcreations, which I use a lot of reclaimed wood to make home decor signs, so I'd love if you checked that out too!
Today I'm here to show a tutorial for actually a project 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. 
A big thanks to Jaime for letting me share this Sweater Pillow tutorial on her amazing blog!  I hope everyone enjoyed it!


Blogger Lindsay said...

I LOVE this! I have got to find me some old sweaters. :) Thanks for sharing this!

October 25, 2011 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger Cindy @ Cinsarah said...

Love it! too cute!! Love those buttons!!

October 25, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Pamela Bates said...

Happy Dance for sure Pamela! Great pillow.

October 25, 2011 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger I am LOVD said...

This goes beyond my scope of sewing talent (which I have nil of). But man that is so cool. What a great economical alternative to Pottery Barn's version! Great job and I'll stop over to your blog:-)

October 25, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you could also use some of the material crom a wedding dress for the master bedRoom w the extra maTerial from a wedding dress.

October 25, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Rhissanna said...

Very nice and cosy.

October 26, 2011 at 1:09 AM  
Anonymous debbie-- said...

Looks great, I'm going to be making one too!

October 26, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger bethanndodd said...

That is so cute!!! Love the picture with your little guy in it...they are such helpers ;)

October 26, 2011 at 7:31 AM  
Anonymous said...

I love Pamela!! and love this pillow!!! Wish it was cold in Texas though...this makes me want to snuggle next to a fire!


October 26, 2011 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Simply AJ said...

Great knock-off job!!! Making a sweater pillow is on my project list but I keep putting it off because I'm scared of trying to sew it. Your info makes it look easy... maybe I will give it a try! Thanks for sharing... AJ@queenofmynest

October 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger ms.composure said...

OMG so cute!! i wish i would have found this a few weeks ago before i took all my old sweaters to the salvation army!!!

October 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Babblings and More said...

So cute!!! I am in love with this! We are following you back!
Brooke from

October 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks to everyone for the sweet comments!!! It really was an easy project and would love if anyone makes one to link back! :)

Pamela @

October 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Ahhh...pillow envy! Love this, wish I could sew!

October 26, 2011 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Shelly @Crafty Creative Studio said...

Excellent results! I like the original sweater too. :)

October 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM  
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October 27, 2011 at 4:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this looks amazing!I am not much of a sewer (yet) but projects like this really make me want to try!!

October 27, 2011 at 9:05 AM  

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