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It’s funny how we can get super attached to an article of clothing, isn’t it? Sometimes you know that you can’t wear it anymore, but you just can’t bear to get rid of it. This was the case with my son and his banana sweatshirt. It was way too small for him, but he outright refused to let me put it in the donation box. So I decided to repurpose it and make a neck pillow from a sweatshirt!
Can you believe that in just 10 minutes I turned this outgrown sweatshirt…
Using this neck pillow is like getting hugged by your favorite clothes! It’s perfect for cozying up with at home, for a college student in a dorm room, or for bringing on a long car or plane trip. Actually, this pillow now lives in our car and gets used when we are travelling.
So, would you like to learn how to make a neck pillow from a sweatshirt, too? It’s so easy and is a really fun way to save outgrown clothing that you’re emotionally attached to! Let’s get started!
- One outgrown child’s size long-sleeved sweatshirt. This was for age 6.
- One square pillow insert about the size of the sweatshirt torso
- Basic sewing supplies (you can even sew this by hand!)
- Snaps (either sew-on snaps or those with a snap press)
How to make a neck pillow from a sweatshirt:
2. Sew the two sleeve seams closed. Again, try to sew along existing seams (shown by the grey arrows).
When adding the snaps to the wrists, put at least two male parts on one wristband and the same number of female parts on the other wristband, making sure that they match up so that they can snap together in a “hug”.
If you love neck pillows and repurposing old clothes AND cats, check out this oldie but goodie, my cat-shaped neck pillow with free pattern and tutorial!
Prefer something a little more classic, while still upcycling old clothing? Try these pillow covers with an appliqued leaf motif, made from felted wool sweaters! There’s a free template for the leaf design!