How To Make a Tshirt Pillow

How many of you hang on to old tshirts ? I am guilty as charged! Today I am going to show you how I transformed some tshirts into adorable and trendy tshirt pillows…

Tshirt Pillows

I created these sweet pillows for my church’s youth group. Each one is from a different youth event… a perfect way to add a little decor and spark some conversation about these past events!

Each one is made as a simple envelope pillow cover, so that they can easily be removed and washed…

Depending on the size of your tshirt, you may be able to use the tshirt as all the material. These were rather large so I was able to cut the design out as the front. I was then able to use the back {including the bottom hem } as the large piece of the back. I simply used the very bottom of the front {including the hem } as the small piece of the back. 

A few TIPS about using Tshirts to sew with…

1. Wash and dry the Tshirts before using them.

2. Make sure you use a sewing machine needle designed for jersey/knit material.

3. Make sure you use a stitch on your machine designed for stretchy { jersey/knit } material.

4. Remember that Tshirt material stretches, so do not allow any extra room or your pillow cover will be loose on the pillow form.

I love the way these turned out, and I hope the kids will enjoy them and remember the wonderful times they had together at these places!

Did you see the adorable tween top I made from a Tshirt? How do you use Tshirts for projects?


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  1. How cool is that?!! I love ‘em. They look so soft and cuddly, too! Great idea.
    <3 Christina

  2. Wonderful Tip.
    My teenager daughter won’t throw her favorite t-shirts for her allowance… it is sweet that she loves her pieces so much but when you start seeing that they don’t have conditions and she insists in wearing them you’re already thinking she’ll dress from Salvation Army when you no longer decree ahahahah.
    I think I’ll imortalise some of her favs intol pillows to her bedroom.
    So, double Thanks.

  3. This is such a cute idea! I just went through my old clothes, so I have a few t-shirts I could turn in to pillows! :)

  4. I would never have thought about taking our t-shirts and making pillows! I think I may have to dig some of my UK tees out for gameday pillows, or maybe my Margaritaville tees for cute pillows on the patio!!!

  5. What a great idea!!! Love it, Bonnie! I love that it’s for the youth group too! :-) <3 Heidi Rew

  6. Wow, what a great idea!!! They look so comfy, too. Thanks for sharing. I have to try this. :)

  7. Love these pillows.. They look beautiful! Have a nice weekend! :)

  8. I love it, what a great way to “upcycle” some old t-shirts! I turned all of mine from college into a quilt, otherwise this would have been a perfect way to keep them around for the memories :-)

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  9. Those are so super cute! I’ll have to make some! For sure. I found your blog through the blog hop! Soooo lovely! Feel free to visit me at my blog!


  10. GREAT idea! and so easy!!! blessings!

  11. Great idea!

  12. such a great idea! I love how they turned out. Hope your having a fabulous weekend!

  13. These t shirt pillows are so very cute! What a fun idea. Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday. Come back soon! -The Sisters

  14. These are AWESOME Bonnie! So cute. I think for a boys room too they would be fabulous! Thanks for sharing with my party. Not sure if you added my button..but FYI I am having a new button made as well. thanks Bonnie

  15. Pinning! How awesome are these!? The colors are great too!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at the Weekend Wonders party. Hope to see you back on Thursday. Have a great day!

  16. These are so cool! I remember some really cool projects and retreats from back when I was in Youth Group… unfortunately the excitement and fervor seems to wear off after a while. This will definitely help keep the memories and feelings a little closer! Thanks for sharing!

  17. These are really cool and a great for a teen’s room! Thanks for sharing this idea!

  18. love these! what a great way to use t-shirts!

  19. This is super fun. I should do this with my sons T’s that he has outgrown (like from when he was 5 – this mom is too sentimental!)

  20. What a great idea! My husband would love this with his old tshirts he loves but never wears :) Thanks for sharing.

  21. What a fun project. My boys would love them! I can’t wait to pin.

    Thanks for sharing on Show & Tell at SNAP!


  22. How fun! Love it! We are making a quilt out of several of ours…. :)

  23. I love this project! Great way to reuse the old tshirts we shouldn’t be wearing any longer and can’t part with!

  24. I love the idea of turning t-shirts into pillows! And thanks for the link love!

  25. Thanks for linking to Make the Scene Monday..features are a little late but you are being featured later tonight none the less!

  26. Stopping by to pin this from your feature at Alderberry Hill. I’ve been thinking on pillows for my sons room, this would be perfect.


  27. Wow ! I just love this, however, I’m not a big fan of sewing, but just for looking at these pillows make me wonder if I could be capable to try this.


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