Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tutorial: Upcycled Men’s t-shirt to pillow

As promised here is the tutorial for the upcycled men's t-shirt pillow!

First, grab some of your hubby’s undershirts. These I bought him were too small and were going in the rag pile.


Supplies Needed: 2 men’s t-shirts, scissors, 2- 12X18” material for pillow , stuffing.

1. Cut your t-shirt into 3x3 pieces.

2. Accumulate a stack of approximately 130-3x3s

3. Fold like a fan and pinch together in the center.

4. Line up 1’” apart length wise and 1” apart width. down the center of the pillow front and stitch making a continuous stitch down the center. ( I cheated since I had the quilted material and used the squares as my marker ) To save time for you mark the material with a fabric pen and place the pinched 3x3 on the mark. Continue placing your fabric from the center out.


5. Line up your entire row and sew right down the center. Then fluff!!DSC_1336


I did not fill up the entire pillow front because I thought the two textures were interesting (or maybe lazy…whatever) Fluff the 3X3s.

6. With right sides together sew all 4 sides together leaving a 4” hole at the bottom of the pillow.

7. Turn inside out.


8. Steal from an old pillow or purchase new stuffing and stuff.

9. Stitch the hole together with a hand stitch. YOU ARE DONE!


A beautiful feminine pillow made from a man’s undershirt!! Fabulous!!

Check this out.. My Pillow was featured!! Thanks you Valerie!

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Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

I absolutely LOVE this! So pretty and feminine, and you can make it for FREE! Great idea - thanks for sharing. :)

Melissa said...

Nice job - I so wish I liked pillows in my decor but I just don't.

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

ADOOOOOOOORE IT! so cute and thrifty too. winks-jen

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Very, Very, Cute!!!
Thanks for sharing the How-to... going to do this one... : )

DomesticatedMama said...

WOW! So cute!!!

Cheri said...

Love this! Thanks for visiting my blog - I do hope EVERYONE turns off their Word Verification, but you know what? I'm getting emails from people who think they've never used it and have it active today on their site. I wonder if it was a default setting? Therefore, I hope everyone stops and CHECKS to see if they have it. lol New follower!

Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun said...

I love this! I really need to make one of these!

Susan @ Busy at Home said...

This is genius! I have a pile of my husband's undershirts that I was going to use as rags. This will be much nicer! I am trying to redo my playroom on a budget and this will be a great way to get new pillows!!! Thanks so much for posting.

I found you through Tatertots & Jello.

Chris said...

Such a fun pillow. I love the texture.

Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} said...

I LOVE this! It's so pretty you would never think that it's made from men's t-shirts!

beckaboots said...

This is awesome! I love the ruffly look. And it's great that you used something you already had for it :)


Susan @ said...

Wow This is a great project! My daughter was looking for a pillow like this and I have a pack of tshirts that didn't fit. Thanks for the inspiration on this one!
Susan @

Mary Ellen said...

Such a pretty pillow and would look great in the room I am redoing!
Would you mind if I share this on my blog with a link back to you?

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Very cute idea!!
I would love it if you shared this at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

I am pinning this idea for a future project. I'd love if I had a blanket with that texture...

Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week...

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

You've been featured at my party this week; Hookin Up with HoH #48

Congratulations! You are awesome. Stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

Allison @ House of Hepworths

Aubrey@My Forever House said...

Love this! I think I might try this technique in fancying up a shirt for myself! Thanks!

Aly said...

I absolutely ADORE this! What a fantastic idea, and I can never resist anything with RUFFLES! LOVE IT!!!

~Aly @

P.S. Found you through Tatertots and Jello link party.

Jennifer said...

THis is so cute! And so cool how you made it! I hope mine turns out as good. :) Thanks for sharing!
Scissors & Spatulas

Crystal said...

How pretty! You did a gorgeous job! I'm so glad I found your blog! I would love for you to link up to me new Summer Lovin' Saturday Party at
I am also a new follower! :) Have a great weekend! :)
Homemaker in Heels

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Love the pillows and ruffles. Fantastic job usuing t-shirts. Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
~Stephanie Lynn

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

Wow, I love this and it looks like something I could actually do. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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