Decorative Wool Pillow

Make a decorative pillow using damaged wool sweaters found at the Salvation Army store and Goodwill Industries.

Project Instructions

Materials needed:

Sweater Prep:

Choose several 100% wool sweaters in compatible colors. Large and extra large pullovers yield the most fabric. Sweaters must be “felted” before any cutting or sewing. Felt sweaters by washing in hot water and drying in a hot dryer. Wash and dry sweaters 3 or 4 times, or until they no longer show visible shrinkage.

Cut sweaters, sew edges:

Once sweaters are completely felted, determine the portions to be used in pillows. Sweater backs provide the largest single piece of fabric. Using a straight edge and chalk, mark the total length of the sweater starting from the bottom edge of sweater. The bottom edge will be the pillow opening; the marked neck edge will be a seam. Mark the sides of sweater with a straight edge and chalk to 12”, the width of the boudoir pillow. Using a medium zigzag setting, stitch over all the chalk lines. When finished zigzagging the three edges, cut 1/4” around the outside of the stitches. Repeat this process for the sweater front. The sweater front will yield a shorter pillow section than the back. Measure the lengths of cut sweater sections and add the lengths. The total sweater sections must measure 40” when complete. To obtain remaining necessary length, measure and mark contrasting sweater back width to 12” and the length to the amount needed. Zigzag stitch as before and cut as before.

Put it all together

When all pieces are sewn and cut, pin the 12” edges together with front sides facing. Sew using 1/2” seams and a medium length straight stitch, to create a 38” length of felted sweater sections. Fold fi nished length in half, right sides together, and pin along edges starting at sweater bottoms. Stitch sides together the same as the edges. Turn right side out when finished sewing. Attach natural shell buttons along sweater bottom on the outside of the pillow. When all buttons are attached, align and sew snaps to the insides of pillow at center of buttons. Press snaps to close pillow edge and enjoy.

Completed Project