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DIY T-Shirt Throw Pillow

DIY t-shirt throw pillow

DIY t-shirt throw pillow

Don’t discard your favorite T! Re-purpose your treasured memory into a throw pillow. It’s much simpler than you may think!

The finished size will depend on the size of your t-shirt. In the photos shown I was working with XL sized shirts.

Purchase a pillow form at your favorite store but keep in mind that you will need to cut your shirt 1/2” larger on each side. For my project I purchased an 18” x 18” square pillow form.

pieces cut before sewing

pieces cut before sewing

Start by cutting the shirt up each side, through the arms, continuing to the neck hole. You will now have 2 pieces. On the printed side, presumably the front of the shirt, center your design and cut a 19” x 19” square for the 18” x 18” square pillow form.

With your second piece of t-shirt, presumably the back of the shirt, cut 2 pieces 12.5” x 19”.

With both back t-shirt pieces, fold one 19” end ½” to the WRONG side, press. Fold again ½” and press again. Top stitch this folded edge in place. Repeat with second back t-shirt piece.

Overlap the 2 back pieces WRONG side up so that you are looking at what will essentially be the inside of the back pillow piece. The 2 edges you finished will overlap each other by 4”. Double check your overall measurement, which in this example would be 19”. Pin the overlapped pieces and sew together with a 3/8” SA.

Place your front t-shirt panel RIGHT side up. Place your now sewn back panel piece WRONG side up, so that your front and back panels are RIGHT sides together. Match up the raw edges and pin in place. Sew a ½” SA around all 4 raw edges of the pillow, backstitching at each end.

For extra strength finish the seam allowances by zigzag stitching around all 4 raw edges.

Snip the tips off the corners being careful not to cut any stitching.

Turn the pillow cover RIGHT side out, push out corners and press.

Insert pillow form through back opening and shazam! Your new throw pillow!

Share with us in the comments section your pillow masterpiece!

DIY t-shirt throw pillow

DIY t-shirt throw pillow

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. You made this look so easy! I’m going to have to give this a try, thanks!

    April 13, 2012
    • 2sisternicole #

      Thanks Isa!! I would love to see your finished project! Isn’t the Tesla pillow funny? A friend asked me to make it for him, his wife said it will stay in his office! LOL!!

      April 13, 2012
  2. Awesome ladies! Great job & the new blog is looking gorgeous:)

    April 14, 2012
    • 2sisternicole #

      Thank you very much @ohmyhandmade! Your professional input is very much appreciated!<3 😉

      April 14, 2012
  3. Awesome ladies! Great job & the new blog is looking gorgeous:)
    PS: Love the Tesla pillo!

    April 14, 2012
    • 2sisternicole #

      Thanks so much Jessika! Isn’t that pillow awesome?? My friend Rick asked if I could make a pillow for him for his office. His wife said its staying in the office – LOL!!!

      April 14, 2012

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