My friend, Sandra liked the sweater pillow I made. She told a mutual friend and Marybeth immediately contacted me to see if I would make a few for her. But there is something different about this one. This story is how to sew a sweater pillow with meaning.
A good friend of Marybeth was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away from this horrible disease. Their sons grew up together and Marybeth still sees her friend’s son from time to time. MB as we call her still had two sweaters that belong to her friend.
That is where I come in. She thought wouldn’t her friend’s son love to have a remembrance of his mother by the way of the sweater pillows.
Now the black sweater is made the same way as the green sweater pillow I made. But the red one, I felt like it looked like a Christmas tree. Plus I do like to change things up.
I used the same basic steps in cutting up the sweater as the green sweater. I did have to sew the sides and trim to size so the sweater would fit the insert. Oh, this is interesting, when I took the pillows apart I noticed there was a bit of batting in each corner. That is for the shape of the pillow. I reused them in these pillows. And will remember that trick in the future.
After the bottom and sides were sewn I sewed the raw edges that will be the flaps. The front flap folds around the pillow insert towards the back. I sewed the sides of the back flap forming a hem. The back flap comes forward to form the closure.
Sew a piece of Velcro to the front flap. The next step is to sew a piece of Velcro to the back flap. Make sure the two pieces of Velcro line up.
We are almost done. Take a piece of ribbon and pin it to the flap that will fold over creating the closure. Stitch it all the way around the ribbon. This hides the stitch line that is created when the Velcro is sewn to the pillow. Trim off the excess fabric, as close to the ribbon as possible.
How to sew a sweater pillow with meaning is a nice way to honor a loved one regardless of the circumstances. I can see doing this for a child’s favorite sweater now outgrown or one with a special memory. Do you think you will be giving this a try?