Sew out of the Box: Pillover Cushion

Sew a beautiful cushion from a pullover collected by thrift shop Kringwinkel ViTeS! From a sweater that had ended up in the forgotten corner, you will sew a luxurious cushion. Nothing goes to waste: with the remnants of the pullover, you will fill the cushion.
In this package you can find a hand-printed pullover, all the materials, and a step-by-step guide to create a designer cushion for your home. The print is shiny, the selected knitwear is black, grey or ecru. Always a stylish combination for your interior.

for whom:
This box contains all the material and instructions to make a luxurious cushion, even without experience with the sewing machine. Children from 10 years of age can also work with the box, provided that they have some assistance with the sewing machine.

The box contains:

  • 1 handprinted sweater
  • 1 extra sweater for filling
  • 1 piece of felt for the back of the exterior pillow
  • 1 piece of fabric for the interior pillow
  • 1 zipper of 40 cm
  • a roll of iron-on seam tape
  • 1 paper pattern with instructions
  • 1 bobbin of thread matching the colour of the felt
  • 1 small piece of printed felt for the label

To provide yourself::

  • a sewing machine with a zipper foot
  • fabric scissors
  • pins
  • iron + thin cotton cloth
  • ruler or triangle
  • erasable or chalk marker

The story of pillover

In this box you’ll find a nice sewing moment, with a luxurious cushion to fit in your interior in the end. That pillow tells a sustain- able story with a role for various partners.
The sweater, that gives PILLOVER its beautiful structure, is an item of clothing that didn’t spark joy anymore. Thrift shop Kringwinkel ViTeS collected the sweater and sorted it for this box.

Thrift shop Kringwinkel ViTeS is a a social employment project that organizes recycling activities. People with fewer opportunities on the job market can work and receive training there. This way their future perspectives will improve. 705 ViTeS employees collect 9,164,017 kg of goods annually, which they reuse locally as much as possible.
Curious? Go and take a look in one of the 12 ViTeS thrift shops.
Thrift shop Kringwinkel ViTeS is a story about opportunities, about people and about goods. By getting started with with this kit you are contributing to this story. After all, you are working with a sweater that didn’t make the store selection. And yet, this sweater will be used up to the last fibre.

Atelier Lotte Martens is a textile studio in Leuven, with a passion for beauty and a nose for sustainable innovation. The studio provides a fun making experience, with clear instructions and quality materials: either in DIY-kits or through a workshop in our work space. The patented printing technique that makes the pillow sparkle is solvent-free and water-based.

Leuven Mindgate connects creative partners and contributes to what Leuven already has to offer: the perfect breeding ground for entrepreneurs, investors and talent. PILLOVER is a pilot project that fits in the circular HUB of Leuven Mindgate / Stad Leuven. Within the HUB there are different projects to build and spread the know-how about circular economy and textile.

Leuven Circulair is the engine of the transition to a circular city. One of the spearheads of this platform is building a strong network for circular businesses. This is why Leuven is building a hub in which circular initiatives with a social impact can grow into scalable business models. The hub is co-financed by the ESF, the European Union and the Flemish government and combines the forces of Stad Leuven, SPIT Tewerkstelling (ViTeS), Leuven Mindgate, KU Leuven, UCLL, Ecowerf, Maakbaar Leuven and MAAKbar.