How To Make A Cushion From A Jumper

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Upcycle your old clothing to stunning effect, with this easy tutorial showing you how to make a cushion from a jumper.

I love a bit of upcycling. I’ve already shown you how to make a tote bag from upcycled materials, but when it comes to what to do with old clothes it can be tricky knowing where to start. Thankfully, the lovely Juliet Bawden from the blog Creative Colour is here to teach us how to make a cushion from a jumper. 

The good news is that you don’t have to be too crafty to be able to turn your old jumper into a cosy cushion. All you need is some very basic sewing skills – you don’t even need to have a sewing machine!

How To Make A Cushion From A Jumper

collection of cushions on a bed

Here are the full steps you need to know to turn an old unloved jumper into a beautiful cushion:

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  • Before you start to make your cushion, wash and dry your jumper. If it’s particularly bobbly, use the clothes shaver on it to remove the bobbles.
  • Using the seam un-picker, open up the side seams, as in the photo below.
Old jumper, pictured with a seam ripper.
  • Cut two rectangles from the front and the back of the jumper, and with the two right sides facing, pin them together so that when pinned together the jumper is now inside out.
  • Using a 1 cm seam allowance, sew the rectangles together around 3 of the sides. Leave what was the bottom of the jumper open, as the welt (the bottom of the jumper) will have a neat un-frayed edge. For the sewing, if you are not using a sewing machine, then I would recommend using a back stitch to give more durability.
  • Turn the cover inside out, so that it is now the right way up. Insert the cushion pad, close up what was the jumper with an oversew stitch, and you’re done!
  • Cosy up on the sofa with your new cushion, a cup of tea, and a good book!
Cream and black Nordic style jumper transformed into a cushion

I am going to be trying this for sure! I have a lovely jumper that my youngest daughter has almost grown out of. My eldest wore the same jumper too, and I’m far too sentimental to part with it, so I think would make a brilliant cushion when it no longer fits.

Any more upcycling tips? Let me know!

PS: Caught the upcycling bug? Try my post on no-sew ways to upcycle your clothes, and this one on ways to reuse old clothes for heaps more ideas.

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  1. Wow, this is quite simple, but still a very innovative and interesting way of upcycling! :)

    My mum always try to use my old clothes to make something new, but she rarely succeeds properly. We rather give my old clothes away to poor kids than throwing them at least, which is a type of recycling I guess