Recently, when I went down to Georgia to the
Country Living Fair – me and my sweet friend Deb at
Confessions of a Plate Addict hit up a few of her
favorite Goodwill shops. We each bought several
Christmas Sweaters. (not as bad as the ones above.)
She even bought a plaid Christmas jacket, and I can’t
wait for you to see what she did with it.
So – how does a Goodwill Christmas Sweater start
out as a sweater and end up as pillows?
Easy – I’ll show you how.
I decided to create two pillows instead of one.
I cut a square from the front, and another square from the back.
I wanted to take advantage of this beautiful deer design.
Originally, I thought I would not use the snowflake
pockets at the bottom, and would cut around them.
But, I decided they would add some more character
to the front of the pillow, so I cut my pillow front
so both the deer design and the pockets were centered.
I ended up with a 16×16 square.
For the backside, I used drop cloth.
I already had some leftover from another project
– so it was FREE. Free is good.
I created an “envelope” back, where two sides of fabric
slightly overlap each other, forming a closure.
I utilized the finished edge of the dropcloth since it
already had a hem.
I cut two pieces – each at 16×10. Then, I pinned the
right sides of the dropcloth to the right side of
the sweater square.
Here is a little tip my Mama taught me when I was learning to sew.
Place your pins at a perpendicular angle against the outer edge,
and place them about 3/4″ in…
… so you can sew all along the edges and not worry about
having to remove pins as you go.
Once you have sewed all four sides, remove the pins.
Prior to turning your pillow right side out – clip all four corners,
as shown above, so the corners look better once turned.
Then, carefully pull all four corners out and flip the pillow
to the right side.
I love how the pockets can be used to tuck in
some cedar, or maybe some secret notes from Santa.
Like I said, I chose to use both sides of the
sweater so I could get two pillows, but you could
use the back of the sweater for the back of the pillow.
The back of the sweater also featured the pretty deer design.
Can I just say…. I LOVE these pillows.
They say Christmas and Winter and are perfect with
the look and feel I am going for this year – which is
very traditional with a touch of Ralph Lauren.
I’m pretty sure Ralph Lauren would not be caught dead with a
Goodwill Christmas Sweater Pillow in his home.
… he doesn’t know what he’s missing.
Goodwill Sweater… $4
(recycled from other pillows)
Creating One-of-a-Kind Pillows….$Priceless.
Not to mention, whenever I look at these, I will remember
a very special weekend I spent with my dear friend, Deb.
I have two other projects I will be sharing with you, using the
remnants of this VERY same sweater. I can’t wait for
you to see what I did with the sleeves.
I would LOVE it if you would PIN this to your favorite
Pinterest Christmas Board…
Remember I said Deb at Confessions of a Plate Addict
bought a beautiful plaid jacket at the same time I
bought my sweaters? Lookey lookey what she
made with hers….
Can you stand it?
Click HERE to see how she made them.
Join me later in the week for more sweater madness.
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