So I love this sweater, but I’ve just put it in the dryer one too many times and it’s really no longer an adult sized sweater. Something about a sweater/belly shirt combo just isn’t practical no matter what climate you live in.
I haven’t had the heart to just throw it away or donate it, so I decided to finally put it to a better use. A pillow!
First I cut off the sleeves (and saved them for a future project of course!) and trimmed the sweater carefully into a square shape.
I left the little ribbed bottom edge area on for now, because I was hoping that it would help make for a nice straight seam along the bottom once the pillow was stuffed.
Then I turned it inside out with the good sides facing each other, and sewed along the 3 sides while leaving the bottom hem area open.
I made sure to sew around once more with a nice zig zag stitch to make it sturdy, because sweaters have a habit of unraveling if they get the opportunity.
I turned the “sweater” right side out again and poked the corners out square.
…and tucked in the ribbed hem at the bottom, and voila! A nice straight line that won’t unravel, just as I was hoping.
Here it is stuffed with some polyfill. I sewed the bottom edge closed by hand with a matching thread.
It turned out super soft and cozy! (Ignore the ugly baby gate in the background. My house is basically a daycare at this point)
Now I just have to decide where to keep it. Maybe I’ll even make it a friend with a different sweater that’s just not my favorite anymore.
How have you upcycled your old sweaters? Let me know in the comments!