Upcycled Cable Knit Jumper Cushion Cover Tutorial

The clocks recently went back here in the UK, and now the nights seem darker and colder, it’s time to amp up the cozy in your home. If candles alone aren’t adding that snuggly feeling, it’s time to bring out the blankets, and double up on cushions and pillows.

I love the look of cable knit cushions come Autumn/Winter. I saw this Ralph Lauren one online, with it’s simple cable design, and minus the cashmere blend, knew I could create something very similar for a fraction of it’s £89 price tag.

I decided to look for a cream cable knit jumper I could upcycle, and scored the jackpot, when in the first charity shop I looked in, I found this cricket style jumper for a mere £1. Although the collar looked a little worn, the body of the garment is in excellent condition, and although it’s acrylic rather than cashmere, at least I have the added bonus of being able to chuck it in the washing machine, which is the very first step.

You will ideally need an overlocker for this tutorial. It is possible you could make it work with a couple of rows of zig zag stitches instead, but as that isn’t a method I’ve tried, I’ll let you make your own mind up on that one.

If you have a sweater without such a large V, you could make two simply rectangles or squares, insert a zip and have a nice straightforward cushion cover, not unlike the basic design of the Ralph Lauren one.

As my jumper had the deep V neck, I didn’t have the length I wanted in the front, and the back wasn’t large enough to create two squares from, so I knew I’d be doing a fold over design.

You want to overlock your pieces straight from the jumper. With a knitted piece like this, the chances are if you cut it first, it will be part way unravelled before you get it through your machine. I carefully serged up the sides, and across the top. Be careful to pay attention to the direction of your sewing, and that you are serging/overlocking your centre pieces, and not the edges around them.

imag3455imag3457Once you have your two rectangular pieces, you can play around with where you want to fold them, and work out if and how much excess you’ll need to overlock and cut off to give you your desired shape.

The next step is to sew the two wide, overlocked edges together (right sides facing). I recommend using pins to keep the two pieces in place, and try and line up the cables as best you can for the most professional finish.

Next, fold down the top, and then fold up the bottom section, and pin together. Where they overlap, in the middle, you will have a section that is three layers deep. Be careful with your machine, pin everything, and sew slowly.

imag3461Because of the deep folded over section, there is no need to add a closure, however if you want to, you could always add buttons and button holes, a zipper, velcro, whatever you fancy. I left mine as is because it worked fine, and kept the final cushion nice and soft with no harsh bits in the centre back.

Et voila! Your very own cable knit jumper cushion. I’m really pleased with how it turned it. If you decide to try it out, please let me know in the comments below!

For now, with love,
Ellen

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