Remember these guys? Well I couldn’t just let them hang out naked like that! Some coverings were definitely in order.

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Yeah, I know it’s October. But the ice cold Chicago winter will be here before we know it, and I for one am starting my layers now.

This sweater in particular was a) too big and b) for a man. So snip, snip is was:

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Bye bye, sleeves

I sliced off the sleeves and hoped to use the rest to cover this indecent thing:

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Don’t have an insert pillow? Make your own!

First things first: I plopped my insert pillow on top of the sweater remnants to make sure it was going to all fit:

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I thought it looked pretty good, so I turned the fabric inside out (with right sides facing each other) and sewed around three edges.

If, at this point, you find yourself with too much material, simply pin in a few inches on each side, sew a new seam, and trim off the excess.

On the fourth side, I sewed about a third of the way in from each side, leaving a gap in the middle. Once you sew those two seams, turn the whole thing right-side-out. If your corners are being finicky, use a stick of some sort to get them nice and pointy (I’ve used a chopstick, pencil and even the back end of a seam ripper for this).

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That gap is important! Accidentally sew it shut and you won’t be able to do this:

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After that, grab some soldiers and carefully pin the opening shut, tucking in any loose edges (especially important if you’re working with a cable knit, like I was). You could, of course, hem all edges before you sew the cover…but where’s the fun in that?

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Jam that baby up close with your Singer (or other sewing vessel) and slowly sew the seam. Seriously guys, the slower the better. It’s a lot of material to guide through the machine, and there’s nothing worse than “finishing” a project and realizing you made a mistake you need to fix. Do it slow the first time and save yourself the trouble.

And your patience will be rewarded!

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I have a love/hate relationship going on with this project. It’s so, so cozy, but I just can’t find the right place for it.

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More and more, I’m thinking the right place for it is curled up with me 🙂

 

Have you ever sewn something you’re just.not.sure about? Please, tell me!