There’s is nothing more comfortable then
an Old T Shirt.
So when you no longer wear them, why not turn them into comfy throw pillows!
Dave and I are avid concert goers, so with concerts comes concert t shirts. Some are great and we wear them all the time, but some just don’t fit right, or just not in the “shirt rotation”. Each shirt holds a special memory, but they are doing no good just filling our closets, if they are not going to be worn.
This is the ULTIMATE quick, easy and no-sew old t shirt project I have done yet. It takes 20-30 minutes to make a pillow with a tiny bit of practice. I have seen another version of this where the pillows are made as cases around old throw pillows. The problem I have found with this, is that the pictures on the shirts hardly ever line up to the shape of the pillow you have. So, I make the pillows free-form.
Step 1. Lay the t shirt on a flat surface like the floor or table. Cut a square around your design, allowing for 3-4 inches for the fringe. Most likely you will have to cut a straight line across the top where the lowest part of the collar is. Then match that width for the fringe all the way around. Do not separate the front and back of the shirt, and don’t throw away you’re scrap pieces.
Step 2. Cut squares out of the corners. This will be the length of the fringe.
Step 3. Cut the fringe all the way around. Each piece of fringe is slightly less then an inch wide. As I’m cutting I find it useful to double-knot the end pieces of fringe on each side. If your pieces accidentally separate, it won’t be so difficult trying to line the fringe up again.
Step 4. Double-knot the rest of the fringe, except for a 5 inch hole (about 5 pieces of fringe) where you are going to stuff the pillow.
Step 5. (not shown) Take the big band piece you cut off the shirt initially. This piece will be used to prevent the stuffing from falling through the sides. Push the band of fabric in the pillow towards the opposite corner from your stuffing hole. Poke a piece of the middle band through a hole between the knots. This will hold the band in place when stuffing the pillow. Fix the band into the pillow by pulling pieces through all 4 corners.
Step 6. (not shown) Stuff the pillow with pillow stuffing. I took mine out of old pillows I was throwing away. Keep adjusting the shirt band so it covers the holes as you stuff the pillow. I put the remains of the t shirt bits in as stuffing as well. No reason for them to be more trash.
Step 7. (not shown) Once the pillow is stuffed to your liking, adjust the band along the top and tie off the remaining fringe in double-knots.
If the fringe is long enough I sometimes go back around the pillow and knot the fringe again to cover the holes, but it’s really not necessary. I hope you found this tutorial super easy and have tons of fun making (new) old tshirt throw pillows!
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