You can make one of these pillows too. It literally took me 30 minutes to make. Here's the steps:
- Lay the sweater flat and cut the sleeves off, leaving a somewhat square piece of fabric.
- Guesstimate, yes that's a special word, how big you want your pillow to be, then cut. If the sweater's not to big you already have your side seams and will just need to stitch across the top and bottom.
- Remember to leave an opening at the bottom so you can insert a pillow form or just use loose stuffing like I did. I stuffed mine with leftover scrapes of the sweater and a couple of tee-shirts I was throwing away.
- I used one of the sleeves to make a ruffle. Cut the sleeve right up the seam. Cut 2 strips about 2" wide. Make one seam by sewing the 2 lengths together at one end. You can see the seam below.
- Using a basting stitch (a long stitch) on your machine sew right down the center length.
- Pull the basting thread to gather up into a ruffle to the length of your pillow. Tie of the end of the stitches to secure. I didn't even take time to permanent stick the gather.
- Pin the ruffle to the desired area on your pillow and hand tack with thread.
- Sit back and admire your new pillow while thinking about the wartime slogan your grandmothers used during WWII. "Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without". I bet my grandmothers are smiling down on me right now.
There is always a way that you can do something to brighten up your space. Wrap a pillow in a pretty scarf if you can't sew. Just change something to lift your mood when your feeling blue. You'll be surprised how much better it can make you feel by just making a change.