Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bow-Tie Sweater Pillow


Ahh, another sweater refashion.  Seriously, refashions make me happy.  And add in sweaters for winter...?  Fun!  Is anyone getting sick of them yet?  Oh well.  "You get what you get and you don't get upset" (-quote, Pinkalicious book).
Anyways, since I've been so inspired by those lovely sweater pillows, I figured I'd try it out myself!

My Bow-Tie Sweater Pillow!


And, of course, I have the tutorial for you to make your own!!  (Just a heads up, sorry the pictures are not great since it was taken at night.)

First off, get yourself an old sweater that is fairly long (thrifted or one you don't wear).  Optional:  Try to find a sweater with a belt like the one shown below to create the bow tie.



I always loved how comfy this sweater, but it was getting on and it needed to retire.  But it was still in decent shape to refashion into a pillow!  I loved the chunky, yet tightly woven knit, it was perfect for a pillow!


I used the center/back of the sweater for my pillow, so I had to remove the belt loops.  If you have them be sure to be very careful and precise not to snip the sweater, just the threads holding the loops.


Next, I laid the pillow form onto the back of the sweater, right side facing the pillow.


Using the bottom hem of the sweater, fold it over half of the pillow like so.



Now pin along the sides of the pillow, making it fairly snug (since sweaters tend to stretch/lose shape when sewn).



Now, fold over the remaining end (top portion) of the sweater, overlapping the other end.


Again, start pinning it snug against the pillow.


Be sure the top is overlapping the bottom so there is no gap.


Once you've finished pinning, carefully remove the pillow from inside the sweater.


Sew along the pinned lines, then sew a zig zag stitch over it.


Now you can place your pillow inside and see how it fits.  The sweater may have gotten stretched out a bit (you can remedy that by putting it through the wash as the sweater is directed) or just shape the sweater around the pillow as it needs.


If your sweater is a tad boring like mine, you can then add a bow tie.  
I used the belt that came with the sweater.  If you don't have one, you could also use thick ribbon (although it may not have the same 'look' as mine).


Cut about an 18 inch piece from the belt.
  

Fold the two ends toward the middle and pin.


Sew a straight line down the middle, connecting all of the layers of the sweater.


Then, cut another piece of the belt, about 6 inches long.  Place it under the middle of that sewn piece (to create the middle of the bow).


Fold over the flaps and hand sew it onto the other piece.
  

Then, hand sew it onto the middle of the pillow front.


 Yay!  You are done!  Place it on your bed/sofa/chair and admire.



This is how the back will look.  Envelope closure style.







Thanks for stopping by!

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48 comments :

Krista said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so sweet and elegant. Great job! :)

linda said... Best Blogger Tips

I had to stop by because we are literally "arriving" at the link parties at the same time. On the third one when I saw you linked up just before me I started to chuckle! I hooked up the present pillows and book page boxes ... oh, and love the sweater pillow. I need to get on that project. I've got a cedar chest full of sweaters just waiting to be cut up!

Sherika Lovett Alston said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the sweater pillow! I never thought it was so easy! Definitely gonna have to try it! Great job! Your newest fan!

shadow*jewels said... Best Blogger Tips

That's just super cute! what a cool way to upcycle.
New follower here! just sayin' hi!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Krista Thanks, Krista!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@linda Too funny, Linda!! Thanks for stopping by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sherika Lovett Alston Oh yay! Hope you have fun! And thanks!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@shadow*jewels Thanks!! So happy to have you!

trophyw.blogspot.com said... Best Blogger Tips

I think the bow make it

EvA. . . said... Best Blogger Tips

oh wow i totally love this! such a great idea! following along :)

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said... Best Blogger Tips

Really pretty! I heard recently that bows were replacing flowers in fashion and decor. That made me sad. But this pillow made me happy!

A Few Pennies said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this idea; I may try and copy this if you don't mind--I love the grays and whites in sweaters; big cable-knits--your pillow is beautiful!

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said... Best Blogger Tips

VERY CUTE!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable!!!

Dee

Kindra-At Home With K said... Best Blogger Tips

This is very sweet. Love the idea of using an old sweater and creating a pillow. :)

I'm your newest follower. Come on by sometime. I also have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. Its for projects made for $10 or less. I would love for you to link up sometime!

Olah Momma! said... Best Blogger Tips

This is very innovative and a wonderful idea. Keep up your great creativity!

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Kara at Petals to Picots said... Best Blogger Tips

I am over visiting from the JAQS Studio link party. I love this sweater pillow idea!

~Kara (your newest follower :)
www.petalstopicots.com

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

Another amazing redo!! This is so classic and elegant! Would love for you to link up @ Find Your Craft Friday again :)

Emily @ BabyBerry

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty! I want one of these!!

Shannon at madiganmade said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! Warm, cozy and the little bow tie is a sweet detail.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said... Best Blogger Tips

How clever Vixen - looks gorgeous.
I'd love it if you could link this project up at my Simply Christmas Inspiration party ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/12/inspiration-friday_16.html

Danielle said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this pillow! so cute!

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

I am loving your sweet little bow tie pillow! Thank you so much for linking to the Head to Head Showdown! ~Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

Deidre said... Best Blogger Tips

This is totally adorable! Thanks,Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Angie said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been having a great time repurposing sweaters too, so I really love your pillow!

Thanks for sharing last week at Knick of Time Tuesday. I hope you come by again this week (the post goes up tomorrow)!

P.S. - Don't forget to include my button or an direct link within your post so I can feature you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@trophyw.blogspot.com Thanks! I agree.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@EvA. . . Thanks so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Steph @ Crafting in the Rain Thanks! I'm not ready for flowers to go away, that makes me a little sad, too!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@A Few Pennies Feel free to make one like it, I'm honored!! And thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE Thanks, Desiree!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life Thanks, Dee!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kindra-At Home With K Thanks so much!! I, too, like a good sweater pillow! Gives it a comfy feel for sure! :)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Olah Momma! Thank you so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kara at Petals to Picots Thanks, Kara! And welcome!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Emily Thank you, Emily!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Britt Thanks!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shannon at madiganmade Thanks so much! Glad you stopped by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique Thanks! I'd love to!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Danielle Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jen Thanks! No problem, thanks for hosting!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Deidre Thanks, Deidre!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Angie Thanks so much, Angie!! I do have all my favorite linky parties featured here on my blog: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/p/linky-parties.html, but I've added the button if it's required!! So glad you stopped by!

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful, elegant, creative! Love it!

Thank you so much for linking-up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!

I've spotlighted your post on my Facebook page today.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays,
Jenn

P.S. Pinning it too!

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this. LOVE. I featured it on my blog today.

http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/12/features-from-latest-and-greatest.html

I love making something old new again!

Ashley @ A {Blonde's} DIY Life said... Best Blogger Tips

I just stumbled upon your blog and love this sweater pillow! I would love it if you shared this at my link party!
http://ablondesdiylife.blogspot.com/2011/12/come-party-with-blonde-features.html

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jenn "Rook No. 17" You are the best, Jenn!! Thanks again!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate Thanks, Jenny!! That`s so great!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Ashley @ A {Blonde's} DIY Life Thanks, Ashley!!