Hello IAYD readers! This is Jessica from Jeca. I am sharing another DIY with you all today.
Does your child own a crazy sweater that they absolutely love but you try to convince them to not wear it outside of the house? Or do you have a sweater that you love of your child’s that they have out grown? Today’s post is for you!!
*Marker (water soluble to be safe)
*sewing machine and matching thread
*pillow form or stuffing
*closure materials of choice (ribbon, buttons or snaps)
It is important to note that for this project I used a 14×14 pillow form and a size small or 6T sweater.
Make sure that your sweater is ironed. Turn your sweater inside out. Measure your sweater. Try to use the bottom edge of your sweater if possible. This will give you an already nice clean edge. I measured my sweater 14.5″ across and 15″ down. It is more important to center your graphic than it is to use the clean bottom edge. Adjust accordingly.
You are working with knit material. It is important to pin your sides together before sewing. Knit material loves to move around on your sewing foot. If you have a serger then I recommend you use it, otherwise use a zigzag stitch or a serger foot with your sewing machine. Clip your corners and cut off the excess material.
You will notice that I already cut the material before sewing. This is not necessary. You may find that it is easier to leave it whole and cut after sewing as mentioned above.
Now we are going to work on closures. There are a few different options. The first option is attaching buttons. While using your button hole foot make four button holes.
I used a knit sweatshirt so they look a little wonky but they flatten out once they are buttoned closed.
Option four has you make a completely different pillow. This option would be having you make an envelope closure. You can see how to make one of these pillows here in this (ancient) tutorial over on my blog.
There you go!!! In my opinion you can never have too many pillows. My girls agree. My husband…not so much.
Now go find your children’s outgrown sweater(s), or their favorite that may not be your favorite. Break out your sewing machine and get to work!
Happy Saturday Sewing!