DIY Sweater Pillow Tutorial: Cheap, Cozy Style!


You’ve seen them in upper end decorating stores, or in display windows. Sweater pillows. They are slightly boho, cute, cozy and… EXPENSIVE!!  They usually start at about $30. I have been decorating a new guest room that will be used by my teenaged niece for a while, and the budget is low. I really loved those sweater pillows though, and decided to make one out of an old sweater. All you need is an old sweater in good shape, some scissors, a pillow form, and a sewing machine.

Lay your sweater flat on the ground. Place the pillow form on top.

Cut off the arms of the sweater, and the neck and bottom as necessary to make a square the size of your pillow form.

Turn the sweater inside out and sew up the sides that are not already sewn.

Unbutton the sweater and put the pillow in the pillow case.

Adjust buttons as necessary.  I added a bit of Velcro in between two of the button holes to keep the sweater from having that “bulging button hole” look but you may not have to.

It is that easy! Now you have your own cozy sweater pillow, buttons, pockets and all, for a great accent piece.

Top 10 Last Minute DIY Christmas Gift Ideas From My Healthy Green Family

Ahhhh! Christmas has snuck up again! Here are some basic last minute Christmas gifts that can be made up hours before Christmas, rather than days or weeks.

2 Ingredient Whipped Body Butter: Decadent, smooth and rich.
Also works as a fantastic shaving cream!

 

Lip Balm Recipes: Honey Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Mint, and Sweet Almond.

 

Chai Spice Sugar Scrub

 

Chamomile-Infused Fresh Body Lotion

 Anti-Aging Daily Facial Moisturizer

DIY Solid Perfume: Sweet and Sensual



Oil-Cleansing Facial Bar



Plastic Wrap Alternative: Beeswax Cotton Wrap

DIY Laundry Detergent

DIY Dishwasher Detergent

And if all else fails, give them homemade jam, salsa, or red pepper jelly, :)  Merry Christmas!

Plastic Wrap Alternative: DIY Beeswax Cotton Wraps

I was first introduced to beeswax-coated cotton wraps when someone gave me one made locally They quickly became an important part of our food storage regime. They are beautiful, functional, reusable, economical and eco-friendly.  And, as I soon discovered, not difficult to make.

I have been trying to cut back our kitchen plastic usage for years.  I don’t trust plastic especially when it is holding food, and it is simply NOT sustainable.  I replaced all my plastic storage containers and zip lock bags with glass or stainless steel ones.  Other than the cost, those weren’t too difficult to switch over to.  The item that I had a greater challenge replacing was plastic wrap.  The convenience is difficult to replace.  These beeswax wraps, however, have single handedly eliminated plastic wrap from my kitchen.  They are great for wrapping cheese, covering dishes, or folding into snack bags.  They can even be sewn into small snack bags to be used at school or work if desired.

Plastic wrap (I used Saran wrap) is a wasteful, single-use, petroleum product that I am convinced is not an acceptable part of natural living.  When used to store or heat food, plastic leaches toxins into our food that we then consume.  Many studies have now proven that BPA, a chemical that is in many plastics, causes a number of unacceptable health issues in those who consume food products in contact with it.  All plastics contain chemicals, and some are not well-studied to prove their safety. Plastic wrap is no exception.  Beeswax cotton wraps provide a safe and effective alternative.

We have beeswax available all the time since we keep honey bees.  Beeswax is 100% natural, non-toxic, and relatively inexpensive.  I use it in my body product recipes such as hand lotions, body butters, deodorant and balms.  It is water-repellent and has natural antibacterial properties.  When applied to cotton, it renders the cotton “unbreathable” which helps maintain the proper moisture content when storing food.  These qualities make it a great candidate for a plastic wrap alternative.

When choosing your fabric, use 100% cotton (organic is preferable).  The ideal thickness is a sheeting cotton.  (Think, your bed sheets or pillow case).  You can reuse old sheets or pillow cases, or you can choose beautiful fabrics for fun.

If you would rather purchase these wraps made in North America by a sustainable company and priced reasonably, click here.

Materials

  • beeswax, grated (or pellets).  I use about 0.5 oz. of beeswax per wrap
  • 100% cotton fabric, cut to appropriate size (12×12 in. or 8×8 in. works for us)
  • old cookie sheet (that will be used for this purpose only, forever after)
  • paintbrush (that will be used for this purpose only, forever after)
  • chop stick for stirring the wax as it melts
  • cheese grater (used exclusively for beeswax)
  • a make-shift clothesline and clothes pins
  • oven

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 185F.  (Higher will burn the wax.  I know from experience…)
  2. Place pre cut fabric on cookie sheet.
  3. Sprinkle evenly and lightly with grated beeswax.  You don’t need a lot!
  4. Place in preheated oven.  Watch carefully!  This should take 5 minutes or less.
  5. As soon as the beeswax is just melted, remove from oven.
  6. Spread wax evenly with paintbrush to cover over any spots that are not yet coated.
  7. Hang on makeshift clothes line with clothes pegs, to dry.  Once cooled, you can use it!

Notes

  • If your wax starts to harden before you have evenly spread it, simply reheat it in the oven and try again.
  • This recipe uses less than 1 oz. of beeswax per sheet.
  • If you have a lot of wax left on the cookie sheet, place another piece of fabric on empty cookie sheet and it will absorb the extra wax.
  • All of the supplies except the beeswax can be purchased cheaply at thrift stores and can be used again for other DIY projects involving beeswax.  Purchase the beeswax through Mountain Rose Herbs, a trusted company carrying all sorts of ingredients for body products.
  • Wash in cool water with a mild soap.  I use liquid castile soap.
  • Each wrap will last several months or more depending on usage.

This post has been linked to Frugally Sustainable’s Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #54, Fresh Eggs Daily: Farm Girl Blog Hop #10, Homestead Revivial’s Barn Hop # 89, 116th Wildcrafting Wednesday and Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday November 20th.