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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Welcome to Uncommon Designs. I am Bonnie Mauney and the co-author here at Uncommon Designs. My love for creating crafts, home decor, seasonal decor, and sewing has led me to my desire to share that with you here at our blog. I am happy to have you stop by our little slice of the blog world and join us in Creating A Beautiful Life!

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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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!!!

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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.


  7. Remy says

    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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