If you've not seen, there are some really awesome knit "pouf" footstools going around on design tv and online. I have wanted to make one of these for myself for a long time. But, as usual, I put a twist to it that made it easy, quick, and doable with what I had.
For the stuffing I used a down pillow top mattress topper we didn't want to use on our bed anymore. Old duvets or comforters would work for this too. I bunched it up and to keep it in the shape I wanted I wrapped it in a big ikea bag, taped this with packing tape, and then wrapped it in a blanket. I know, unconventional. But in other instructions online people just said they bunched up duvets. This really did not work out well for me so I improvised.
|mattress toppper in ikea bag taped up and about to be wrapped in blanket|
|wrapping and pinning blanket|
I wove a strong cotton cord around the sweater just above the hem. (In the picture it's yarn but the yarn broke shortly after the pic and I switched to the cord.)
When I got all the way around I pulled it tight like a drawstring, tied a strong knot in it and tucked the knot, loose ends, and any extra fabric inside the hole.
I'd pictured being able to cut right below the arms but my sweater wasn't quite tall enough for this. So next I took off the arms of the sweater and sewed up the openings. I cut through the threads holding the arms onto the body of the sweater, then pinched both ends of the fabric right sides together and crocheted through them using matching yarn. This was just to match the nice looking side seams of the sweater but if you chopped and sewed it would save on time.
|detaching arm from sweater body|
|closing up arm hole...|
|...by crocheting through both thicknesses|
I left a little extra for "just in case" and snipped and unraveled it across in a straight line, putting each loop on a knitting needle.
|unraveling it, putting each loop on a knitting needle|
|Half of the sweater (side seam to side seam) unraveled|
|2nd half unraveled, ready to be cast off|
|top edges finished|
|cord woven through|
|pull tight and tie|
|ends and edges tucked inside|
|reading with the baby|