How to Make a Pillow Cover from a Sweater

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in boxwoods, fabric, fall, felt, front porch, outdoors, pillows, thrift store, yard sale | 17 comments

We arrived safe and sound last night at the beach!

 I am now blogging from the balcony overlooking the ocean.

This is the life!

Here is another quick project I completed before we got out of town.

The little chevron needlepoint pillow was a Goodwill find.

It was just the pillow cover for $1.

I stuffed it with fiber fill and hot glued it shut.

(I am just not in the mood to sew!)

The pumpkin pillow is another slipcover.

This one is made from a $2, 100% wool sweater.

I washed the sweater in hot water and dried it on high – now I have a felt sweater!

I cut the bottom off of the sweater.

This created a loop of fabric that I could slip the pillow in.

I cut 12 pieces of ribbon and hot glued them to the edges.

Now, I can tie the cover down the edges.

I went to my felt stash and found another piece for a pumpkin and stem.

I always look for cheap, 100% wool sweaters in pretty colors so that I can make my own felt.

The felt is so much nicer than what you can find in the stores, and it is so much cheaper!

I cut out a very simple pumpkin and glued it on with my favorite fabric glue.

The perfect touch for my front porch swing!

This is my golden’s favorite place to sleep.

She can be found there most days.

She is wishing that I would stop taking pictures so that she could get her nap in!

The quilt on the back of the swing is another yard sale find from this summer – $5!

The pillow in the rocking chair was also a crazy easy project.

I added a few pumpkins and pansies to my owl tree.

I also found a home for my last yard sale star.

This look should carry me through until it is time for Christmas. . .

My girls are itching to get down to the beach!

Life to the full,


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  1. Love the felt idea from wool sweaters. Never heard of doing that! Your porch is so beautiful! You really did a bang up job on it. I love ever single feature you did. With my grandbabies living with me, I will miss out this year on decorating for fall – my favorite time of the year. They are so young and get into everything and I can’t bear the thought of them tearing up my beloved decorations that I’ve taken years to collect. I’ll live my fall vicariously through you! (laugh) Have a great time of the beach, Melissa. I’m so jealous – in a good way. I have wanted to go to the beach for years but every year our family has some tragedy that prevents us from taking a single vacation. This year’s no exception. Take lots of pictures and post some for me.

  2. Awe, i can’t think of anything better than being at the beach and getting crafty. I love this idea. Very colorful. I’m new here. Following you on linky now. I could use some love so, follow me on Linky too, or like me on FB or join my blog! Happy Thursday and enjoy the beach. Michele R

  3. Love the sweater idea! You are so creative and thank you for sharing with us. Karen I am right there with you, family vacations are a thing in the past. I also enjoy your pictures so much. I would love to sit on your front porch with a cup of hot coffee and “gab.”

  4. What a cute pillow! I love that it’s a repurposed sweater. Also, I love your blog name. I have a daughter named Daisey and a grandma named Maybell. Let’s be friends! 🙂

  5. Hi Melissa, Thanks for visiting my page, and still lovin’ this idea!

  6. Gosh you’re my newest bestest friend…;) love this idea !

  7. I love the slip on sweater cover for a pillow! Tied with cute ribbon it really makes for an easy change when the season is over!

  8. What great finds for fall – totally looks like you are ready for curling up with a hot cuppa on the swing and snuggling in your new pretty cushions and quilt.

  9. These are way cute! And I love that you used an old sweater. I’d love for you to share this at my link party!


  10. How lucky to have found the perfect sweater for Halloween. My weekly linky party–One Creative Weekend–has gone spooky this week in honor of my thirteenth party. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit “One Creative Weekend” on (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. (You can include non-Halloween posts as well, but feel free to link up as many Halloween-themed posts as you like.) There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

  11. I love both pillows, found chevron and made pumpkin sweater. I’ll have to be on the look out for sweaters at GW. Your porch is so pretty, and I am so envious of your covered porch! I love my porch, but no protection, so have to get moving “stuff” inside so not to get rained on! You know if you would like to consider me on of your BFF’s you could send me the orange pillow you made! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  12. Your fall pillow is great. I love to recycle things into something new. Great job.


  13. I love your sweater pillows! I need to make some.

  14. Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, halloween themed linky party, live today!

  15. That’s a very cute sweater pillow and I LOVE your porch, my little heart yearns for one like that.
    Hugs, Cindy

  16. Thank you for sharing your project on A Crafty Soiree! I’m pleased to let you know I’ve featured it in the newest one. Please come see it ☺, it will be up at midnight EST tonight.

  17. This is such a fun idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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