Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Further Fallification

Since I had such a good time decorating for Fall last week I thought I do a little more this weekend. I've seen a lot of these crocheted pillows around this season and liked them a lot, but as usual I wasn't digging the prices.

Like these at Pottery Barn:


I hit up my local thrift store and found this sweater instead. It was only $3 and in really good shape. 



I still had the sewing machine out from when I was making Con-Man's costume, so I got started right away. I used my existing pillows as a guide to make a pillow cover out of the sweater. I simply laid the pillow inside the sweater and cut around the edges of the pillow.



Then I pinned it and sewed it up! Pretty simple.



Since I want it to be a slip cover I can take off for the spring I didn't sew it completely closed, only loosley hand stiched the opening shut.



Finished! This doesn't take to long and makes a big difference from the spring green I had before.


I was hoping to make at least 2 covers out of the one sweater but there wasn't quite enough fabric for both my pillows. So I'll have to do some more searching and find a second sweater similar to the first one I found. 



Hope you're all having a fantastic fall!

Linking Up to The CSI Project!



34 comments:

Alicia said...

I like how the green comes out through the design of the sweater. Iron Crafters current challenge is sweaters. If you like to enter challenges you should check it out (through Fireflies and Jellybeans I think). If you go to my blog, http://lilisbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/09/mod-podge-office-organizers.html I have their link there.

Lori said...

Me likey. You should enter this project when the CSI Project has their "Pillow Week" coming up in a few weeks.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Fallify, I like that word! :-)

Kristin @ Daydream Designs said...

Great idea. I've been wanting a crocheted pillow covers too. Thanks for the great idea, I think I might have to head to Goodwill tomorrow... Thanks for dropping by my blog!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Hi Rachelle, great project! I have a sweater laying on my table getting ready to do the same thing! I love the look! Great job!

Nikki said...

LOVE it! I have a cabled sweater in my project bin waiting for the same transformation lol. Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' craft on hump day! :)

Black and White {Side by Side} said...

so cute! i like the simplicity of it! definitely enter this at CSI :)

Meg said...

I love sweater pillows! So nice and cozy for fall! Now you can find all sorts of fun colors to finish your pillow collection! Great job.

I'm having a fun giveaway going on now! Hope you can check it out! http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2010/10/another-giveaway-for-you.html

Chrissie said...

That is such a smart idea! I would have never thought of it. Your pillow looks wonderful!

FrouFrouBritches said...

I loooove this! I need to look through my old sweaters. Yours looks fabulous!!!

Omi S. and her dog, Bender Oak Cannon said...

Found a link to you from a Thingie Thursday Blog post.

It's so great how Pottery Barn was inspired by the patterns from traditional Aran Sweater pattern stitches, then probably hired some crochet or knitter to design the pillow... And then you took a super awesome shortcut and went from Sweater to Instant Pillow. This is such a great idea. I'm currently crocheting a pillow, but may be I can match up some coordinating ones with some thrifted sweaters I have!

Lisa said...

I love how this came out! What a great way to make the same thing for so much cheaper!

Kim said...

These are so simple, yet so smart, adorable and functional. Good for you for getting a great sweater at the thrift store.

LV said...

I like yours better than in the store. You did a remarkable job on the sweater pillow.

Inspired2cook said...

Super cute decorating idea...great use of an old sweater!!!

Amanda said...

You read my mind sister! I have cable knit sweaters on my to find list for the garage sales this week. Prefer ones with big brown chunky buttons! :) Great job!

Nong Yang said...

Oh wow, what a great idea and project! It looks fabulous! :) I definitely will have to get this a try as well.

Kathy said...

that's a terrific idea - love the look - I have some pillows near me now that would be perfect!
Kathy

Jen said...

I love me some sweater pillows!
Great job!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Cute! Apparently I need to add "looking for sweaters" to my list of things to do at the thrift store!

Danielle G. said...

I am so impressed! Pottery Barn is the biggest tease of a store there is, so awesome and so expensive! Good work :)

Mally said...

Great idea. I love the cable pattern down the front. Looks super cute. Great job.

High Street Cottage said...

Beautiful work Rachelle. This kind of pillow adds some texture too, when you mix it with others. Well done, tami from the high street cottage

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love sweater pillows, so warm and cozy. Thanks so much for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 Party.

Olive Cooper said...

Well done. I have found cashmere and angora sweaters at thrifts for just nothing. Could you do pillows out of those?

Debbie said...

That is an awesome idea! Oh it looks so cozy too. Thanks for joining me..this was a neat idea to really inspire us:) Have a good weekend. Debbie

Anny said...

I love this! I am a lousy seamstress, I wonder if it would work work with stitch witch....

Amanda said...

Pretty cute! I think I like yours better than the store bought one!

Erin@likegrandmas said...

That looks great, and $3 for the sweater, you practically stole it!

Paige @ The Wandering Cottage said...

I love those sweater pillows. I want to make one too!

Carla said...

Thank you for showing how you did it. It's a very good idea, and we may use sweaters we don't like anymore!

Hugs from Portugal

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

This looks so great! I keep meaning to make one of these myself and just haven't gotten to it. They look perfect for fall!

Crystal said...

This is so pretty and such a great idea.

Megan Brooke said...

Super cute! And love the thrifty cost :)