The PB Inspiration
Love these PB sweater pillows ! Knocking off PB accessories has become somewhat of an obsession and these look pretty easy.
Thrifted the sweaters - all the thrift stores have rows of sweaters, so finding some that work is easy. I had planned to make all red ones, but I couldn't find two shades that matched. Non-matchings reds is a bridge too far for me, so I went with two off-white sweaters and one red for accent. I like to mix up the texture, so chose three different knit patterns.
First, I washed and dried the sweaters to make sure they could take it! Mine are all cotton, but you could use wool or any blend - just follow the care instructions inside the sweater.
Then on to cutting the sweater. I tried to place the sweater on one side seam, leaving only 3 sides to sew, but that's not crucial. (You might not be as lazy!) I cut around the pillow form, leaving about a half-inch for a seam allowance. Then turn the sweater inside out, so the right sides are together,
I recommend using some kind of tape to stabilize the seams. The cut edge of sweater knit is very stretchy and some twill tape / hem binding or even some ribbon will keep the square pillow from morphing into something weird. ( I know this because pillow # 1 "grew" as I sewed, hence the twill tape for the others)! Pin the tape along the seam edge and sew through the tape - use about a half inch seam allowance. Leave an opening for the pillow form - about 4-5 inches, depending on the size of your form. My off-white ones are 16x16, the red 14x14.
I zig-zagged the cut edges to prevent any fraying . As you can imagine, cut sweater fabric unravels pretty easily.
Turn the pillow cover right-side out again, gently pushing the corners out from inside. I fold the pillow form in half and slip it into the cover. Push the form into the corners, and straighten it inside the cover - sometimes a good whack or two helps to get it settled into the cover! Slip stitch the opening closed with matching thread.
Pillow is done, but no need to stop there! I sewed two large brown buttons from my stash in the middle of one of the off-white ones. On the other, I made some flowers by coiling a piece of the sweater fabric. The other flowers are made from the ties from the packaging on a set of sheets from Anthropologie - this is why I don't throw anything away! The posies are just slip-stitched onto the pillow. So far, the red one is sans embellishment - think the cables are enough.
Depending on the sweater you select, there are lots of ways to finish off these pillows. On the pillow in the center, I used the hemmed edge for the top and just did a rough pick- stitch every half inch or so to hold it together. If you use a cardigan, you could have button trim without the hassle of adding them. You could cut parts from different sweaters - add the button half of a cardigan to a plain color sweater.
Now if I can just figure out how to keep the cat off these !