Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Obsessed with Pillows!

I've seen sweater pillows floating around out there on blogland, so cool.  When I saw Kate's at Centsational Girl I knew that I had to make some also.  We bought a new sofa last month and the pillows it came with were hideous, huge, and uncomfortable.  I thought for a nice little winter touch I'd make some sweater pillows.  In theory it will buy me some time until Spring/Summer when I will buy or make something for the rest of the year.  Don't be totally surprised if you still find these sweaters decorating my sofa in July.  Just keepin' it real.

And you know how this goes right?  If you buy a sweater at GW to make a pillow and it turns out kinda cute then you must go back to GW and buy another sweater.........
You knew this was coming right?   I.Can't.Seem.To.Stop.Making.Pillows...  These are the winter white collection.  There will be other themed collections joining these.  How many pillows are too many in a room??  I suppose I'll weed them out and rotate them around to some other spaces too.
I do believe this one is my favorite so far.  Want to see those flowers up close?
I used wool for all of my appliques on this set of pillows.  The flowers are 1/4 inch strips left over from one of my wool rug hooking projects just rolled up and tacked down on the sweater. Some rughookers refer to them as "wooly worms".   I left the sweaters zipper intact.  I guess so I can get in there to retrieve the form if I get tired of massive amounts of sweaters on my sofa.
This pillow is pretty plain and simple.  I sewed a single vintage button on the other side to give it a tuft and then pinned a vintage broach on this side.
Another felted/dyed wool applique.  I just machine stitched around them. A very simple design that will remind me that spring is just around the corner.  ha! 
The pear is another wool applique piece.  For some reason I just love the look of pears right now.  Maybe it's that particular shad of green.  Yummy.
This sweater had a nice bronze zipper so I found my Great Grandmother's Rose Broach and thought I'd use it to give the pillow just a simple little statement. 

There are more pillows, believe me, more in the works and some other practice pieces out of sight.  I just thought I'd show you my take on the sweater pillows.

Hope your day is full of bright sunshine!
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  1. so so cute! love the additions to them- that birdie is adorable!

  2. I love sweater pillows! I want to make some, but I always imagine cutting into the sweater and having it unravel into a pile of yarn!

  3. Those are so darling!!! I love them all, great job!

  4. omg...I LOVE these! The birdie is my fav, but the zipper detail is right up my alley! I would totally make one of these, but I'd have no room on my already over-pillowed couches and chairs!! lol

  5. I LOVE these! Especially the delicate appliques. I NEED pillows for my sofas it's kind of embarrassing! Your sofa looks great!

  6. These are so cute! I love each one of them! I have to try these! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  7. Love all your cute pillows! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  8. I'm obsessed with THESE pillows! Super cute. They look so warm and cozy I think I could fall asleep the moment my head hit one of these...great job!!! The appliques add the perfect touch!

  9. Omg! I love those! Need to make some for myself! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Ok, my favorite is the bird! I posted all of my "wordy" projects today. Go take a look!

  11. wow great pillows...inviting for snuggling!

  12. These are all lovely. So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and I'm now following you, wonderful to meet new friends. Hope you find a spare minute to visit me sometime follow back if you like. Sending you special wishes for a wonderful New Year I’m looking forward to keeping in touch in 2012.
    Always Wendy

  13. Will the sweaters flow nicely under the presser foot? I wanted to make some of these, but did not know the settings...stitch length, width, tension, etc. Thanks, and they are lovely!


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