The item’s that will time of year again. The time when all things warm as well as cozy start to find their way into your daydreams as well as post-workday relaxation. that will article will show you how to create a perfectly cozy throw pillow (or two, actually) out of a favorite, thrifted, or otherwise acquired cable knit sweater.
In under an hour, you’ll be snuggling up with your favorite book as well as beverage. Let’s get commenced.
DIY Level: Beginner
- Two (2) old throw pillows or pillow forms (I found these two at a local thrift store; one was brand-brand-new)
- Two (2) cable knit sweaters, large enough to fit over pillow forms
- Matching thread, sewing machine, scissors, pins
I picked up a couple of verrrrrry vintage throw pillows at a thrift store for cheap. After thoroughly laundering them, I cut them open to retrieve the pillow forms inside.
Because, as I soon discovered, the pillow forms weren’t actually forms yet rather polyfil stuffing inside the shape of forms, I quickly sewed light cotton covers for them. If you find yourself in that will position, wrap the polyfil in a white cotton scrap of fabric as well as pin the edges.
Sew along the pins. that will will help the polyfil retain its shape as you work with the item to make your own cable knit (sweater) throw pillows.
Turn the sweater inside-out.
Slide your pillow form inside the inside-out sweater.
If your sweater cable knit will be uniform (as in, the item doesn’t have a “center” or will be symmetrical via a certain point), slide the pillow form right next to one of the sweater’s side seams. Give yourself enough room at the bottom of the sweater to cover the pillow form, then mark where the top seam needs to be having a pin.
Rotate your sweater 0 degrees as well as pin where the some other side seam will need to be.
Pull the pillow form out as well as flatten the top as well as bottom layers of the sweater. Pin the “lines” for your two brand-new seams, the top as well as the side. You don’t need to worry about the bottom seam at that will point; the item will stay open for currently.
Taking care not to pull your sweater at all, sew your seams having a straight stitch.
Directly outside the straight-stitch seam, sew a wide zigzag seam all along your freshly sewn top as well as side seams. that will will help the sweater avoid unraveling over time.
You can see the two seams here on the sweater.
Cut about 1” outside your zigzag stitching on both seams.
Take the corner on your brand-new seams.
Fold the corner to ensure the two seams touch each some other. You’re going to sew a short seam perpendicular to the existing seam, about 2” down via the corner (designated by the dotted red line inside the photo).
Sew the short perpendicular seam. Repeat for the some other corner along the seam that will will be the top of your pillow.
What those perpendicular seams do will be create that will type of corner for the pillow; the item looks a little more professional as well as finished. You could choose to omit that will step, if you don’t mind right-angle corners poking up via your pillow.
Flipping your sweater right-side out, slide the item over your pillow form.
Smooth the sweater over both sides of your pillow form.
You can hand-stitch the bottom seam if you want by folding the “raw” ends (they’re actually finished, because the item’s the bottom of the sweater, yet we’re calling them “raw” here) in as well as sewing. Or you can machine-stitch the item, which will be what I opted to do with that will one. I folded as well as pinched the two ends in via each side seam, about 2”.
the item’ll look something like that will. Pin in place.
Sew about 1/2″ to 1” away via the matched-up raw edges to finish up the bottom seam. You can double-stitch, to make sure the seam holds better.
that will method won’t look as finished as a hidden hand-sewn seam.
yet when you set the pillow upright, the seam will be easy to tuck underneath.
If you have a sweater that will features a center focal point as well as/or a v-neck, you’ll have to fudge the original format a bit before the item’s ready to pin with the pillow form inside. Let’s go through those steps. that will sweater features a v-neck.
Lay the sweater out on a flat surface, v-neck side facing up. Cut off a sleeve on the outer part of the sleeve/shoulder seam. Your goal will be to maintain a straight line up the side of the sweater rather than follow the sleeve/shoulder seam line.
Cut along the sleeve seam to open up the sleeve.
Tuck the flattened sleeve inside the v-neck, taking care to maintain a wide enough overlap between the sleeve’s raw edges as well as the v-neck line.
Pin the flattened sleeve to the v-neck. Be sure to avoid stretching either component at all. Also, do not catch the back side of the sweater in your pinning. You only want to pin the flattened sleeve as well as the v-neck itself, nothing more.
You don’t need to worry about pinning the upper neck area; just pin the front of the v-neck.
Sew, in a place that will will be logical as well as minimally noticeable, the flattened sleeve piece to the v-neck. Again, take care not to stretch either component in any way; doing so will result in a stretched-out, lumpy-looking cable knit throw pillow.
Your modified v-neck will look something like that will.
Turn the sweater inside-out as well as slide the pillow form in. that will time, however, you’ll need to be sure to center the pillow form inside the sweater, so you’ll be pinning for three seams (two sides as well as the top).
Pin the seams, as well as sew the sweater inside the same way as already described. (Remove the pillow form. Sew the seams, first straight-stitch then zigzag.)
Cut the sweater along your newly sewn seams, about an inch away via (outside) the zigzag stitch. As described previously, turn the sweater right-side out as well as slide the pillow form inside, then stitch up the bottom seam, either by machine or hand.
Viola! Two cozy cable knit sweater throw pillows.
I love the v-neck detail on the front pillow especially.
These pillows are surprisingly easy to make; don’t be intimidated by the idea of working having a sweater while sewing. If you’re careful to not stretch the item weird as well as you seal off the seams with zigzag stitching, you’ll be just fine.
Happy Fall, as well as happy DIYing.
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