How To Make a Cushion from a Loved Jumper

How To Make a Cushion By Upcycling a Loved Jumper

So you have a beautiful jumper that doesn’t fit you anymore, but you can’t quite part with it so it sits in your cupboard taking up valuable space. This DIY will show you how to turn that sweater into a cushion so you don’t have to say goodbye forever to your beloved sweater/jumper.

how to make a cushion from an old sweater

What you’ll need

  • old sweater or jumper
  • cushion insert
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • snaps or buttons for the closure



This jumper belonged to my son and there were so many fun memories of him wearing it that I found it hard to give away. There was also a tiny hole near the side seam that needed to be fixed and by the time it could be fixed he didn’t fit into it anymore. It’s now the perfect jumper to turn into a cushion.

how to make a sweater cushion

Take the time to give your jumper a wash first and then lay it out on a flat surface. Cut out two pieces of fabric from the jumper keeping the bottom hem intact. Cut up to the arm curve and then straight across under the neck edge and back down the other side, which will give you two pieces of fabric to enable you to turn them into a cuddly cushion.

overlocking your sweater seams

With right sides together and matching stripes or patterns of the jumper sew along the two sides and then the top edge (which was previously the neck edge). You’ll have to use a zig zag stitch on the edges or overlock them so that they do not fray and come apart. Turn the cushion right side out and then topstitch the hem flat to one side for about 4cms to make the opening neater.

how to make a jumper cushion

This sweater cushion method uses the hem of the sweater as a feature and saves on sewing. Using some fun snaps, attach them using the manufacturer’s instructions. Depending on the size of your jumper, you will need to adjust the number of snaps or buttons so that there are enough to hold the cushion insert inside without bulging and gaping at the opening. Alternatively, if you don’t mind sewing some buttonholes on you could use your sewing machine to do that and pick some fun buttons to add interest to your new cushion.

turn an old jumper into a cushion

(This article originally appeared on and has been republished here with permission.)

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