Updated: Feb 12
I’ll be showing you how to make a pillow out of a shirt – with some special added details! You can use a shirt that you already have, or you can go to Charity shop, and find some great shirts to make your pillows. The added bonus is that the buttons and buttons holes on the front of the shirt make your closure. No need to hand-sew or insert a zipper to close your pillow!
I loved to use this bright pink shirt. It was an XL, so there was a lot of fabric to work with.The fabric was pink, I decided to use some of the extra fabric from the shirt to make fabric flowers for the front side of the pillow. I love how the flowers add a little whimsy to the pillow! I’ve included a youtube video in the tutorial that shows how to easily make the flowers.
HOW TO MAKE A PILLOW OUT OF A SHIRT!
Shirt Pillow form Thread Buttons
Instructions: Make a paper pattern that should be the same size of your pillow form, and put it on your shirt. My form was 12″ x 16″, so that’s the size of my pattern. (I don’t like to add in seam allowances when I make pillows – this makes for a snugger fitting pillow.)
Cut out both layers of fabric. This will give you the front and back sides of your pillow.
Cut out strips of fabric for your flowers. I had one large flower, and the strip of fabric was cut at 3″ x 21″. For the two smaller flowers, I cut my fabric strips at 2 1/4″ x 15″. Here’s a video showing how to make the fabric flowers.
Hand-sew your flowers and set them on to the front side of your pillow fabric. Arrange them the way you like.
Hand-sew the buttons onto the centre of the flowers.
Sew around all four sides of the pillow fabric, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Clip the corners, and turn the pillow cover and take the right side out. Insert your pillow form, and button the closure.
I hope you enjoyed this pillow tutorial. Don’t forget to try in home and please leave your comments below!