You know what I love? Cashmere. Soft, cuddly, lightweight, and toasty warm… it doesn’t get better than that! You know what I don’t love? The price of cashmere. Some things are worth splurging on, but you won’t find this gal throwing down $3k on a sweater collection. Nope nope nope. Second hand cashmere is the way to go my friends!
I buy them at the thrift or consignment store, wash them, and they’re good as new! I totally hoard second hand cashmere, to the point where I got to thinking… what can I do with the ones that aren’t cute enough to wear? Throw pillows! Perfect for cuddling up with on a chilly winter day.
DIY Sweater Pillow:
- Pillow insert (mine was 16″ square)
- Cashmere sweater (for ladies sweaters size L or XL works best)
Lay your sweater flat, and cut a straight line from underarm to underarm to create a tube that’s approximately the same size as your pillow insert. You’ll have one raw edge and one finished edge.
With the tube lying flat, use a needle and thread to loosely sew the finished edge together.
Place your zipper upside down on the wrong side of the pillowcase. Pin it flat over the loosely sewn seam with the zipper teeth centered over your loose stitches. Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, stitch it down on both sides to secure it.
Turn your pillowcase right side out, then carefully rip open your loosely stitched seam. Now you’ve got a functional zipper.
Open the zipper and turn your pillowcase inside out once more. Sew your remaining edge shut, adding a strip of woven fabric to stabilize the seam.
Add your pillow insert, zip shut, and toss it on the sofa. Time to turn on some Netflix and cuddle up with that cashmere pillow!
The sweater I used had a rib knit along the hem, and I really love how it adds just a hint of character to the pillow. I’m looking forward to hunting down more cozy sweaters to make a whole bunch of these… they are just so cozy to snuggle up with on warm winter nights!