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Felted Pillow Covers

Introduction

A trio of pillowcases incorporates sweater bodies, sleeves, and waistbands. Before you begin, learn how to felt a sweater.

Customize one that works with the design of your felted sweaters.

The white cover consists of a cashmere sweater's body that is sewn on one end; add ties (3/4-inch strips, rolled and whipstitched) to other end. To conceal pillow inside, fold another piece of the fabric over its edge and stitch one end to cover. The envelope-style orange cover (with darts at corners) uses pieces from a sweater's body and sleeves. For tan cover, make a patchwork top by piecing together sleeves; secure with a zigzag stitch.

 

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2006

Reviews (25)

  • copihueviajero 27 Nov, 2008

    it would be nice to see some separate pictures of this cushions, how are the different parts of the sweater added? did you just stitch them patch work like? any recomendations on thread or stitch? is it bettr with a stretch stitch?
    great idea, just not very clear "how to".

    thanks

  • holyhannah 27 Nov, 2008

    I have used beautifully embroidered pockets from old garments to make the front of a tiny sachet for lavender. Simply make a bag, insert dried lavender or other dry pot pourri mix and tied the top with ribbon. You can slip stitch on a wide lace trim at the top of the bag before tying the top. These bags work well for carrying necklaces or other chunky jewellery when travelling.

  • Jennybear 27 Nov, 2008

    You can find incredible sweaters at any thrift store. Just be patient. I have made wonderful pillows out of Jennifer Reed sweaters and then I weave in a little ribbon.
    Happy Thanksgiving all from Chicago,
    Jenny

  • shauna12 6 Nov, 2008

    WOW. I have 2 beautiful wool sweater that my husband put in the dryer and shrunk about 5 years ago. I didn't have the heart to throw them out so they sit still in my closet. I am getting them today and making 2 pillows. I am happy to be finally putting them to use. thank you very much for this great idea.
    Shauna N. Ottawa, Ontario Canada

  • blackberrycobbler 19 Sep, 2008

    I have used a felted wool vest that was my grandfather's in a rug hooking project that I hang like a picture. Great memories appear whenever I look at the finished piece.. B. Hardin, Cookeville, TN

  • sheiscraftyjax 18 Sep, 2008

    I can't wait to try this out. I'm going to use some old Christmas sweaters that I don't wear anymore.

  • civilizationinruins 18 Sep, 2008

    I love the idea of making cell phone and glasses cases out of the sleeves, but be sure to line the glasses case with cotton fabric or the wool will severely scratch your lenses!

  • abqqer 18 Sep, 2008

    Just to let everyone know not any old sweater will work. You need to pick one with 100% wool or it will be impossible to sew. Wash it in the washing machine on hot and remember not to cut until afterwards because it will shrink. If the knit is tight enough you will be able to use your sewing machine, otherwise you will need to handsew.

    Hope that helps.

  • Shannan 18 Sep, 2008

    It would be helpful to know how to felt the sweater. If we can cut the felted sweater, what to do with the kecks and what the pillow with the arms looks like.

    I am not a complete novice and this is ambiguous.

  • Shannan 18 Sep, 2008

    It would be helpful to know how to felt the sweater. If we can cut the felted sweater, what to do with the kecks and what the pillow with the arms looks like.

    I am not a complete novice and this is ambiguous.

  • gal2garden 18 Sep, 2008

    This has no instuctions and most of all they are not very pleasing to the eyes, wheres the fall in those colors?

  • starrjewell 18 Sep, 2008

    I usually think everyone complains about the lack of information on these crafts because they are usually fairly simple but this time they are right. You do need better pictures for us to at least see the end product. this does remind me of the jean purses people are making with worn out jeans. That's a good idea also.

  • starrjewell 18 Sep, 2008

    I usually think everyone complains about the lack of information on these crafts because they are usually fairly simple but this time they are right. You do need better pictures for us to at least see the end product. this does remind me of the jean purses people are making with worn out jeans. That's a good idea also.

  • stinkbug 9 May, 2008

    I saw chairs covered in old sweaters, it was super sweet.

  • HaleyWhaley 21 Apr, 2008

    what a great way to reuse sweaters! I moved to Florida a year ago and i have no use for mine anymore. I'm going to try this ide and sew a diaper holder for my baby bag.

  • HaleyWhaley 21 Apr, 2008

    what a great way to reuse sweaters! I moved to Florida a year ago and i have no use for mine anymore. I'm going to try this ide and sew a diaper holder for my baby bag.

  • hamster330 7 Apr, 2008

    I made one use one of my old sweater and it comes out great! I sewed 3 metal buttons on it for closure. It's really great! This idea also inspired me to use the sleeves to make a glasses case and a cell phone pouch.

  • Lanette 18 Feb, 2008

    Knitted plastic tote patterns made from stores plastic shopping bags. I made yarn out of the bags then knitted the totes but would like more pattern styles.
    Schmidt

  • mrsclaus 26 Jan, 2008

    A lot of the crafts listed in this section really don' have the reader doing much knitting at all....how about some patterns?

  • lauraks555 16 Jan, 2008

    This isn't really knitting so much as recycling knitwear. Nice, but not really the right category for this craft.

  • ATCastro 4 Jan, 2008

    Individual pictures of each pillow would be very helpful.

  • Nankm 30 Dec, 2007

    Thanks! Lots easier than the ones I made with corded piping around the edges.

  • pamelarai 29 Dec, 2007

    love the pillows. but need much more information. pamela rai, ajax, ont. canada

  • amyps 28 Dec, 2007

    More detailed pictures of each of the design will help us to figure out what part of the sweater that we are using on the upper or lower surface. It save time for a busy housewife.

  • ElComer 28 Dec, 2007

    A few more pictures would have really helped this.