I just adore sweater pillows. But then I love to wear sweaters because they make me feel so warm and cozy. So you know the sweater pillow I made for myself last fall is one of my favorites. After I made it I thought of a variation of the cozy sweater pillow. And I am finally sharing it before the warm weather hits.
It is the same concept as the other sweater pillows I have made in the past. You can find the first one here. I also made one that is more tailored here.
A brief recap of the basic pillow. Depending on the size of the pillow and the pillow form you may be able to cut the sweater to size. If you are lucky enough then you won’t have to sew the side seams.
Use the cut end of the sweater as the bottom of the pillow and sew right sides together. Cut a piece that is large enough to insert as a flap. Use a zig-zag stitch along the cut edges. Or if you have a serger you can use it as well. If you recall with the first sweater pillow I made I had to sew snap along the edge because of the gap caused by the short flap.
Now I will describe how I made two sweaters, similar but with options.
For this pillow, I cut a piece from the sleeve and stitched ribbon lace on it. Then I adjusted the sewing machine to the longest stitch in order to gather it.
Cut 6 pieces of ribbon lace, about 12 inches long.
Pin the top of the sweater pillow, the ruffle, 3 pieces of the ribbon lace evenly spaced and the flap together. The ruffle is pinned with the wrong side on the top of the pillow. The flap is pinned right side together. Sew about ¼ inch seam.
Line up the other three ribbons on the other side so they are in line with the ribbons on the front of the pillow. Then sew the sides and bottom.
I had a little bit of the beaded trim from the napkin rings I made. So what I did was sew it to the satin ribbon. Sew the beaded ribbon just under the ribbed edge that is the front of the pillow. And then sew the sides and bottom of the pillow.
To put the pillow together pin the top of the pillow, the three ribbons, and the flap together. The flap should be pinned right side to the wrong side of the top. The ribbons are in between.
Then line the other three ribbons to the back side of the pillow lining them up to the front. For this particular pillow, I had to sew up the sides.
That makes four versions of the sweater pillow. The original one, the one that is more tailored and the two of these. A variation of the cozy sweater pillow is just a choice away. Which one will you make?