Boho Pillow Covers from Upcycled Sweaters

Boho Pillow Covers from Upcycled Sweaters

If you read my book, “Crafting with Flannel”, then you know that I recommend thrifting for flannels during the warmer weather months. Well, the same goes for other cozy clothing, including sweaters! And after finding some colorful, patterned sweaters at Goodwill, I decided to make some Boho pillow covers with them.

sweater for upcycling project at goodwill

Even though I always thought of sweater pillows as being more wintery or Fall-ish for decor, this colorful sweater changed my mind entirely!

And since I’d never upcycled a sweater before on my blog, I thought it was high time to add a sweater project to the mix.

how to make a sweater pillow cover

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Making some Boho Pillow Covers

With my thrifted sweater AND thrifted pillow in hand, I first turned my sweater inside out and laid it flat on my work surface.

sizing a sweater pillow cover

I centered the pillow on the body of my sweater and used some heavy-duty craft scissors to cut out my future pillow cover.

Using the pillow as a guide, I simply cut ¾” to 1” out from each side of the pillow, cutting through both layers of sweater.

cutting out the boho pillow covers

Then, without touching or adjusting the cut piece of sweater, I pinned three sides with straight pins.

pinning the upcycled sweater before sewing

Next, I stitched the three pinned sides on my sewing machine, leaving a seam allowance of ½” as I went along.

sewing the boho pillow covers

Once I was done with that, I turned my boho pillow cover inside out and stuffed the pillow form inside. 

And no, I didn’t try and remove the pillow form from its existing cover. Sometimes those are sewn together anyway, so it was easier to just leave it as is! With a tightly knit sweater like the one I upcycled, you’d never see the old pillow design anyway.

Then, I simply tucked in the open sides and pinned them in place.

pinning the bohemian pillow covers for stitching

Eclectic Throw Pillows

After using teeny-tiny whip stitches to close up the open seam, I had an absolutely charming pillow!

bohemian pillow covers

I like to think of those tiny whip stitches as “no-see-ums”, just like the sand flies at the beach. Because I don’t want anyone to see my stitches!

But my boho pillow cover needed something else. Just a little extra touch…

So, I grabbed a skein of yarn and some scrap cardboard to make pom poms.

making yarn pom poms for boho chic pillows

To make the poms, I simply wrapped yarn around the cardboard. Again and again, until I had a very fat wad of yarn. Then, I snipped it off, snipped off an extra piece of yarn, and slipped it off the cardboard before tying it VERY TIGHTLY in the center.

Next, I snipped through the loops and gave it a hair cut until it was wonderfully round, full, and even. I made three more pom poms and did my best to match them in size.

pom poms for boho pillow covers

To attach the poms to the corners of my boho pillow covers, I used a needle and thread. I went through the center of the pom and into the corner of the pillow several times to secure it.

boho pillow cover

Boho Pillow Covers from Upcycled Sweaters

And just like that, I had made some boho pillow covers from Goodwill sweaters!

bohemian pillow covers from sweaters

See what I mean, though? They don’t look wintery at all because of the brightly patterned sweaters.

boho pillow covers from upcycled sweaters

I even got Cottonball to pose with one of my Boho pillow covers. Speaking of which, that’s the one I made for Goodwill’s blog post that you can read about here.

boho chic pillow with cottonball cat

Either way, I absolutely LOVE my Boho pillow covers from upcycled sweaters. Even my husband loves them- so it’s very likely that I’ll be making more of these in the future.

Looking for more colorful home decor projects like these pillows? Perhaps this collection of upcycled Boho decor ideas will inspire you!

Bohemian style decor and upcycling projects for boho decor on a budget

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. fondarush says

    I love how the sweaters look, and the pom poms make then extra special!

  2. Sharon GD says

    Love this pillow and the Pom poms are adorable! I have been holding thrifted fabric and sweaters…time to move it!

  3. I was wondering if the sweater would start to unravel when you cut it, but you didn’t mention needing to do anything extra to bind off the yarn. How did that go?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It didn’t start unraveling at all (which was pleasantly surprising). BUT, I also made sure to not fuss with it too much once it was cut- and I moved quickly into stitching. No issues at all, though!

  4. Michelle says

    That is the cutest sweater pillow, I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. My gramma used to do this with sleeves intact and tie sleeves across front like a bow.

  6. Mary Loveland says

    Cute Cute Cute!
    If the sweater is in good shape I would probably butt the pillow against a side seam and also against the bottom ribbing of the sweater; that would give you only 2 seams to sew and then use the ribbing seam to whip stitch, much easier. Love the tassels!

  7. I love the sweaters you chose for these pillows and the pompoms add just the right touch!

  8. Oh my goodness I can’t wait to go shopping now! This is so cute!!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much, Shirley! Hunting for the perfectly colorful and patterned sweaters is half the fun!

  9. Great project. As a household that always had pillow fights, I would recommend zigzagging around the pillow seams; it would lengthen life expectancy at my house–and going through the wash. I like to sew a short 4th side so the pillow corners are roughly all the same shape, too!

  10. As always, SO wonderful! Also, your cat is fabulously gorgeous. Thank you for the great content!

  11. When you have a cardigan, center the buttons/zipper on one side and sew up all 4 sides. Then unbutton the sweater and insert the pillow form. Even easier!!

  12. Karen Howard says

    I 💗This.These Sweater Pillows Are Fabulous ! Great Colors & PomPoms To Boot ! Found you on Pinterest. Had to Visit. I Noticed the Cool Botanical Leaf Bookends above. Very Nice.❤️🌈😀

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