Thursday, 6 March 2014

How to make a cushion cover from a old jumper

Although I haven't shared many diy or craft projects on my blog I do love doing them and hope to feature them from now on. I have had an interest in all different types of sewing and crafting from a very early age. My parents have their own sewing business, my Dad has been a sewing machine mechanic all his working life and my Mum has always had a sewing job, with lots of different companies and her own. I actually sew golf flags in my 'spare' time to make extra money to enable us to go on holiday each year. Its nothing exciting or challenging but it pays.

Today I'm going to show you how to make a cushion cover from an old jumper. Cushions really are the easiest thing to make and are great for beginners plus the are an instant way to spruce up your decor.

Take one old unloved jumper and a cushion. Chunky cable knit really do work well, if you haven't got one I'm sure you can pick a cheap one up from ebay.

Cut around the cushion this will be the front of the cushion (I used the front of the jumper). Cut another piece around the cushion but add extra a few inches on to it  and use the bottom of your jumper as the hem. (sorry the picture isn't great, the piece on the right is the same width)

Cut the back piece in half. Then layer the pieces as you are going to sew them. The front piece needs to be facing up. The next piece is your hem piece, make sure the hem is not on the edge (like mine, I did notice before I sewed together!)  and line up the other side face down.  Place the other piece face down on top of that one. Pin together if you wish, I didn't with this as I found it stayed together quite well.

Sew all the edges together, if you fabric is as thick as mine you may need to give it a little pull through the machine.

Turn out and add you cushion

Congratulations you have just upcycled a jumper and made something fabulous.


  1. This is a fab idea I have jumpers begging to be cushions

    1. You should go for it, its such a good feeling when you complete it!

  2. Pam Francis Gregory9 March 2014 at 09:05

    What a great idea!

  3. What a fantastic idea and it looks great, will be giving it a go.

  4. This is a brilliant idea, I think I might try it over the weekend! x