I love finding new uses for old things and creating new ways to keep memories. This project came about because Shane had a concert t-shirt that shrunk and no longer fit him, but was still too big for me. I suggested making it into a pillow. This allowed me to dust off my sewing machine, received as a wedding gift a year and a half ago and not yet used.
We had an old 12″x12″ light blue pillow from Ikea laying around that I thought would work perfectly. The problem with light blue pillows from Ikea is that they get dirty and stained over time. This way, I was able to give new life to a t-shirt and a pillow!
I started by cutting the front and back of the t-shirt into two 13″x13″ squares, which allowed for seams once it was sewn together. I had to use my fabric shears for a lack of better options, but I would highly recommend a rotary cutter (looks like a pizza cutter) and mat for straighter and better measured cuts and more ease in general. The jersey cotton used for t-shirts is a pain to cut as it’s stretchy and you want to keep the fabric flat and somewhat taut to get the best cut and the right measurement. Even with Shane’s help, I think this was the most difficult part of the process. We then ironed our two t-shirt squares to get them smooth and flat for sewing.
Once the squares were nice and smooth, I pinned the right sides facing each other on the inside and the backs facing out. I then sewed 1/2″ seams on three sides. On the bottom, I left a gap of about 6″ in the middle, to allow me to turn the pillowcase right-side out and stuff the pillow.
Once the pillowcase was flipped and the pillow was stuffed inside I then sewed the 6″ gap closed by hand.
Here’s one side of the finished product:
Portia models the other side on the couch:
I have another t-shirt project I’m planning on tackling sometime in the near future. I want to make a quilt using t-shirts from college. My Mom is going to lend me her rotary cutting tool soon, so I can get to work cutting up all those t-shirts I have taking up space in my closet.
Are there any other neat t-shirt craft ideas out there you want to share?