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Sweater made Pretty

I saw a cable knit sweater pillow in Pottery Barn's catalog and knew I could recreate it for a fraction of the cost. While I was at the thrift Store I picked up a off white knit sweater to make pretty.

Oh, no, no, no I didn't pay $1.98 for it. Yellow tags were 70% off! Cha-ching! $0.60 was more like it.

I picked up a few 4th of July Clearance Pillows from Walmart a few weeks ago and lucky for me, they were the exact shape I wanted for this prettify! I laid the pillow form on top of the sweater and cut it out the closest I could. My mom could sew a house together, but I on the other hand, I do what I can to make it work. She says it always looks like I cut things with toenail clippers. I think she's kidding, but I'm not sure.

After I got it as close as I could, I sewed up the bottom and left the existing side seams. The least sewing I have to do the better and I'm almost positive that the manufacture sews better than I do. This is when I started to get nervous. Let me tell you, if you've never sewn with knit, ahhh, it's not fun. That stuff grows legs and walks all over the machine. I think had I used pins it would have helped. Hindsight is 20/20, right? So after I got up the nerve to get going, it wasn't too bad. I tucked in a bit and started my seam, leaving a little opening to insert the pillow form. Luckily for me, this knit stretched like crazy and I didn't have to leave too big of an opening to get the form in. Yay! Not much hand sewing. Why when you are hand sewing does 3 inches seem like 3 yards? After it was complete, I decided it needed a little more pretty to it so I cut out 4 circles in varying sizes and stacked them together to form a messy flower and attached them with a button in the center. I just hand sewed it on.

It's almost Pottery Barn meets Anthropologie. Isn't that little flower cutie-patootie?

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Hollyn  – (August 25, 2010 at 7:43 PM)  

OMG! Too cute! Now I know what you've been doing since the "workshop" has been closed down for a couple of weeks! Cute pillow and I loovveee the new blog!

Anonymous –   – (August 28, 2010 at 8:32 AM)  

I could do this too! I need some new pillows for fall and have a sweater that can be sacrificed for this project. Thanks for the idea!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust  – (September 1, 2010 at 9:57 AM)  

Wow Kristy, you are one creative girl! Thanks for stopping by my blog so that I could see yours. I can't believe all the great projects. (Love the paint sample art!)

Warmly, Michelle

Amy Jo @ The Little Moments  – (September 1, 2010 at 10:35 AM)  

I love that pillow! And I loved your writing...made me laugh about cutting the fabric with nail clippers. Why DOES that happen? I use a rotary cutter most of the time these days which helps. Great score on the sweater!

Megan  – (September 8, 2010 at 9:46 PM)  

LOVE IT! I'm featuring this in a post on pb inspired things tomorrow on crazydomestic.com. Feel free to grab our "I was featured" button!

kelley @ the eclectic owl  – (September 9, 2010 at 10:07 PM)  

love the pillow and love the price! i always seem to browse through pottery barn for inspiration...and then find a cheaper way to get the same look! i'm so glad you found my blog so that i could find yours! now i'm your newest follower :)

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