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How to Make the Pottery Barn Knock Off Sweater Pillow

Yesterday I shared my Pottery Barn knock off sweater pillow. Here are the super easy directions for how to make it. If you’ve never sewn anything before, this is the project for you.

Start with any old sweater. Mine was $3.99 from the Goodwill. I washed it in lavender soap when I got home, so now it smells good too. My pillow form was 14″x14″. Pillow forms go 50% off at JoAnn Fabrics, so keep an eye out for a good sale, or use a coupon.


I cut the arms off my sweater so it would be easier to work with. I’m also going to use the sleeves for another project, so I wanted to set them aside. When I make pillows with decorator fabric, I leave a 1/4″ around the edge for a seam allowance, cutting a 14 1/2″ inch square. I wasn’t sure how much of a seam allowance I’d need for this project or if the sewing would be bulky. I started big, with 2 15″ squares, just to make sure the sweater wasn’t too tight and pulling. No one looks good in a sweater that’s too tight and pulling. This sweater wasn’t bulky, so I ended up cutting two 14″ squares. I still used a 1/4″ seam allowance. The sweater stretched just enough and wasn’t saggy. Lesson learned: thin knit sweaters don’t need much seam allowance because they stretch.


I pinned the right sides together and sewed all the way around, leaving about a 5 inch hole. After flipping the sweater right side out, I stuffed the pillow form inside and hand stitched the bottom.



Hello, Pottery Barn Knock Off Pillow!

Ok, neighbors, if you want to give it a try and don’t have a sewing machine you are welcome to bring your sweater and pillow form over and I’ll walk you through it. It takes no more than 10 minutes. (No, you can’t use that liquid-stitching-glue stuff… you know who you are.)

Happy Sewing!


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  • Samantha
    November 29, 2010

    I love this! A sewing machine is on my wish list and if I get one, I am definitely trying this! I will use my son's old sweater that no longer fits him to make on for his bed.

  • Kim
    November 29, 2010

    this is awesome… definately on my to do list! thanks for the tutorial!!

  • Deserae
    November 29, 2010

    WOW….your version of the PB pillow looks GREAT! I will have to make one for our bed now since you made it look so easy….thanks for the idea and inspiration!!!!!

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity
    November 29, 2010

    I've been saving a ribbed sweater to make one of these pillows for ages now. I really need to get myself going on the project. I love yours.

  • MrsJenB
    November 29, 2010

    How awesome! I had never heard of this before and I'm so glad I came across this tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing, now I've just got to try this myself.

    And it helps that I, seriously, have that exact same sweater and don't wear it anymore! haha

  • Elizabeth
    November 29, 2010

    Love it! So simple and clean. You did a great job! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

  • Pamela
    November 30, 2010

    Such a nice tutorial. I need to try it. I love how simple yet beautifully elegant.

  • Tara @ Tara Being Tara
    November 30, 2010

    So cute – and so much easier than it looks!

  • Carrie @ Dittle Dattle
    November 30, 2010

    I love PB and love a great knock-off! Fabulous tutoria.

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  • Farah Muzaffar
    November 30, 2010

    Cute, practical and CREATIVE work Becca like you have always… your this project provoke me to find some sweaters…
    In this chilled weather they give you such a warm cuddle……. very great work…
    Can you please spare a little bit of your time for my new post, its something different I hope you enjoyed

  • Pattie T.
    December 1, 2010

    I actually have a PB sweater pillow, but I love it so much I was wanting more. Now I can make my own. Heaven knows I have enough of my own old sweaters to use. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    December 1, 2010

    Aw shucks. I like my glue! That looks pretty easy and it looks great. Thanks so much for joining in again this week!

  • Olive Cooper
    December 1, 2010

    Much better than paying the PB prices and you get the satisfaction of doing it yourself. Beautiful and well done. You can buy pillows at GW to use as pillow forms also.

  • Darlene - Our Creative Life
    December 1, 2010

    I wish you were my neighbor so I could have you teach me or I could hire you to do this for me! Are you sure I can't use liquid sew?

  • 1 Funky Woman
    December 1, 2010

    This is one of the best knock offs! I wish I lived closer! I'm gonna try this though or better yet, I'll have my sister make some for me, lol! I linked up at Savy Southern Style! Hope you can stop by!


    New follower!

  • Meredith
    December 1, 2010

    I think we made pillows out of identical sweaters! Great job on yours – I love that cozy Pottery Barn look. 🙂

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  • Carmie of the Single Nester
    December 3, 2010

    Looks so warm and cuddly! I can't wait to try this. I have the perfect sweater to use!

  • ~Lavender Dreamer~
    December 3, 2010

    This looks so pretty and perfect for the winter months! Great idea! ♥

  • Lisa
    December 3, 2010

    I am dying for those PB pillow covers – they look so cozy! Thank you for this tutorial…..I have to check out my thrift stores and see what I can find!

  • Karena
    December 5, 2010

    Becca, this is just genius and it looks very expensive! Are you in the Kansas City area?

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  • Pondside
    December 5, 2010

    Wow! I love this sort of thing and can imagine just where I'd put this pillow.
    I've come over from Kim's Savvy Southern Style, and I'll be back!

  • Kathy
    December 5, 2010

    Your sweater pillow is really pretty-You could sell thsee pillows -wish I was your neighbor
    Oh I like your new backgroud for your blog 🙂

  • Sadie
    December 6, 2010

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I saw some pillows like this from Martha Stewart at macys but they were still $30 and I'm….thrifty. 🙂 I thought I could make them myself but was a little leary how they would turn out. Thanks again for sealing the deal for me!!