Make a Cozy Stripe Sweater Pillow with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a new series of DIY projects geared toward the holidays. This week, I’m showing you how to make a holiday-inspired pillow from an AEO sweater plus a bonus pillow, just for fun. They’re perfect for lazy afternoon naps (and also for a little holiday inspiration year round).

Final4 (2)What you need:
AEO Shag Striped Sweater
Needle and thread
Fray Block (optional)

What to do:
Step 1: Cut off the sleeves and the neckline of the sweater to create a square.

Sweaterpillow_step1Tip: If needed, use fray block to stop unraveling.

Sweaterpillow_step2Step 2: Turn sweater inside out. Then, whip stitch the neck and arm holes closed.

Sweaterpillow_step3Step 3: Turn right side out, and put pillow inside.

Sweaterpillow_step4Step 4: Whip stitch the bottom with matching thread to close.


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Pom Pom Printed Holiday Pillow:

FinalWhat you need:
Carving Block
Carver with assorted cutters
Fabric Ink pad
Pillow Case


What to do:
Step 1: Draw your tree design on the carving block.

Treepillow_Step0Step 2: Carve away everything outside of the tree.

Treepillow_step1Step 3: Press stamp into ink and create a pattern on your pillow.

Treepillow_Step2To make the pom pom:
Wrap yarn around three fingers.

Treepillow_step4Next, take the yarn off your hand and tie another piece around the middle of the yarn, tie in a knot.

Treepillow_step5Then, cut the loops.

Treepillow_step6Trim uneven ends.

Treepillow_step7Next, sew pom poms on to your pillow corners.

Treepillow_step9And your Done!

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Enjoy your festive new holiday pillows and be sure to check back next week for another holiday inspired DIY project.

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#AEOGIFTS GUIDE: Really Rugged Guy and Animal Lover Girl

From best friends to sisters, Secret Santas to cousins, the holidays can become a bit tricky when trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Luckily, we’re coming to the rescue and making your shopping experience a little bit easier. If your guy is really rugged or your girl really likes animals, check out our gift guides below. We’re sure they’ll love what you picked out for them… and “yule” love it, too.


#AEOGIFTS for the Animal Lover Girl


Shop the look:
Polar Bear Onesie
Polar Bear Sweatshirt
Polar Bear Crew Sock
Intarsia Critter Sweater
Thermal Graphic T-Shirt
Shimmery Graphic Sweatshirt
Aerie for AEO Polar Bear Print Mini Boybrief
Aerie for AEO Printed Boybrief
Aerie for AEO Printed Boybrief- Penguins
Aerie for AEO Printed Sleep Pant
Cat Ears Headband
Cozy Roll-Down Bootie


#AEOGIFTS for the Rugged Guy

Shop the look:
Reversible Quilted Vest
Reindeer Beanie
Plaid Scarf
Rag Sock
Flip Mitts
Canvas Buckled Backpack
Downtown Leather Belt
Rugged Flannel Workwear Shirt
Thorogood 6″ Moc Toe Boot
Heritage Flannel Shirt (Shop Similar)
Slim Jean

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When we say that our Patterned Sweater Poncho is the perfect piece to layer over every fall to winter look, we mean it. Between it’s cozy wide ribbed cowl neck, earth tone hues and tonal pattern, what’s not to love?

We asked bloggers Shannon from Upbeat Soles and Nifesimi from Skinny Hipster to show us how they style this must-have item below.

Meet Shannon:
 I am a born and raised Florida girl that is a medical professional by day, fashion blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are parents to a crazy Aussie mix and kitty. I created Upbeat Soles as a way to express my fashion juices that are held in by wearing scrubs most of the days. I also believe that fashion doesn’t need to cost an arm and leg and that you can look fabulous on any budget!


What inspired Shannon’s Look:
During Fall everyone wants to be comfy, but yet still stylish and this amazing poncho is just that! I have been loving that the poncho has made a comeback because is doesn’t get much cozier! I really wanted to play up the Earth tones of the poncho,  so I paired it with these gorgeous taupe, suede boots and broke up the colors with a dark wash AEO skinny jean. Simple, cozy, but yet still chic!



Get Shannon’s Look: 
Patterned Sweater Poncho
Skinny Jean 
DV By Dolce Vita Myste Tall Boots


Meet Nifesimi:
Skinny Hipster is owned and curated by Nifesimi, a Nigerian- American living in Baltimore, Maryland.  The concept of “Skinny Hipster”  began in 2008  as an online fashion diary showcasing her love of unique and bold pieces.  Since then, her site has grown beyond personal style to serve as a platform for sharing fashion inspirations from social media, red carpets, street style as well as features from other stylists and bloggers across the world.


What inspired Nifesimi’s Look:
One of the items I love wearing during cold seasons are ponchos.  They work well on all body types and really keeps me warm.  I took a break from heels and dressed the poncho down by wearing a denim on denim look with moccasins.


Get Nifesimi’s Look:
Patterned Sweater Poncho
Chambray Button Down Shirt 
Minnetonka El Paso Ankle Bootie
Leather Belt 


Show us how you style our Patterned Sweater Poncho with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to be featured on our Style Gallery!

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Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Sweater weather is upon us and there’s no better way to celebrate than with one of our cute and cozy Graphic Sweaters. Pair with your favorite AEO Denim or comfy Leggings and your #SweaterWeather #OOTD will be complete.

See how bloggers babes, Jen from  Skirt The Rules, Bethany from Bethany Kate and Jessica from The Steele Maiden style this cozy, must-have sweater below.

Meet Jen:
Jen is an Arizona native, a New York transplant and the creator of the personal style blog  Skirt The Rules.  She blogs to share style inspiration and other musings of living, working, and playing in New York City.

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

What Inspired Jen’s Look:
When it feels like 10°F outside, you better believe I’ll be bundled up from head to toe.  To me, comfort is key, but looking put-together comes in a close second.  I love the coziness of a thick, knit sweater with a simple pair of leggings.  Chunky-heeled booties keep the outfit looking refined while a pom beanie adds a little bit of holiday cheer.

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Get Jen’s Look: Graphic Sweater | Leggings (Similar) | Pom Beanie

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Meet Bethany:
Bethany is the writer of the style blog Bethany Kate. The blog features her own personal style as well as the style of her little girl Grace (who’s quickly becoming a bit of a fashionista herself!). She describes her style as classic and feminine and is always on the hunt for fun new pieces. She loves looking for outfit inspiration and hopes to inspire others, too!

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

What inspired Bethany’s Look:
I’m a huge fan of plaid and if you raid my wardrobe you will find many a plaid scarf, but a limited selection of other plaid clothing items. This is because I generally like a hint of the pattern in an outfit but find it a little bold to wear as a whole garment. When I saw this sweater at Aerie I knew it was the perfect way to transition plaid into other aspects of my closet. The subtle nature of the pattern means that it’s not overbearing and made it easy to style. I kept the rest of my outfit simple with navy denim skinny jeans (which highlight the navy stripe in the sweater) and a neutral bag and booties. The neutral accessories ensure that the sweater is the focal point of the outfit. I love this sweater for fall going into winter. It’s definitely the prettiest, coziest piece I’ve bought to date this season!

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Get Bethany’s Look: Plaid Sweater | Skinny Jeans (Similar)

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Meet Jessica:
Born in Pennsylvania, living in New York City, and always planning her next adventure, Jessica Steele is the style blogger behind The Steele Maiden. When she’s not blogging you can find her working as a Graphic Designer, exploring city streets, or shoe shopping.

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

What inspired Jessica’s Look:
Going home to PA for the holidays means more casual looks than I usually wear in NYC – but I still like to throw in a few signature touches. I started with this over-sized sweater – it’s a great basic and the graphic ‘Oui’ adds a bit of French fun.  I can never resist a little print mixing so I grabbed my favorite plaid blanket scarf and leopard booties, then topped it off with a pop of color from this bright tote.  Distressed denim and ivory mittens kept me warm and cozy for an afternoon outdoors.. dreaming of my next trip to Paris!

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Get Jessica’s Look: Graphic Sweater | Blanket Scarf | Convertible Mittens

Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater Style Challenge: The Graphic Sweater

Need more style inspiration? Check out How To: Style Your Blanket Scarf 3 Ways! xo

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Our Favorite Things

From snuggly fleece tops to beautiful bras, we chose a few of our favorite things to share with you this Holiday season! With free shipping all season long, it’s the perfect time to get those must-have gifts for your secret keeping BFF, your always-there-for-you sister, your loving mom, (and even yourself!)

Aerie's Favorite Things | Gift Guide

Shop tops, our favorite sleep essentials, cozy joggers, cold weather accessories, and bras now!

Show us your new favorite Aerie goodies with #AerieHAULiday on Instagram and Twitter. Have a merry Aerie!



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#AEOSTYLE Bloggers and Editors Love

From Elle to InStyle to Lucky and beyond, we’ve seen some major #AEOSTYLE grace the pages of our favorite fashion websites and magazines. Check out the looks below for this week’s roundup of Bloggers Editors Love.


Shop the look:
ABO Patterned Sweater Poncho
ABO Fair Isle Sweater
Legend Crew T-Shirt
ABO Hump Day Beanie
ABO Pupper Jacket
Ripped Jegging

Shop the look:
Solid Pom-Pom Beanie
ABO Pupper Jacket
Down Puffer Vest
Skinny Jean

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ABO Pupper Jacket

Shop the look:
Chambray Shirt
Color Blocked Intarsia Hat

Tell us your favorite feature in the comments below.

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