Don’t Toss It – Make a PILLOW

You probably have some old shirts or old hubby shirts, right?

(by old hubby shirts I mean the shirt is old not necessarily your hubby!)

Maybe the collar is worn out or maybe there’s a stain or a hole?

Don’t toss it out or giveaway – use it!

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DISCLAIMER -- Now I’m going to warn you that I’m just beginning to sew so these instructions are nowhere near professional as I pretty much am making them up & have no real idea what I’m doing. You seamstresses out there – if you have suggestions on how I could amend to make a better product or make it easier – I’m all ears.

That said – these steps below worked for me & actually produced the results I was looking for so here goes --
* Pick a button down shirt (or pick one up at the thrift store for cheap that has material or embellishments that you like).

* Iron if you need to in order to smooth the fabric. Button the shirt up.

* Smooth it out on your cutting surface.

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* Cut off the arms & collar. With this tank obviously no arms to cut off so just cut off top & bottom of body of shirt.

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* Cut through both sides of the shirt (from & back) making a square/rectangle with enough seam allowance (I’m using 1/2 inch allowance on all sides) to go around your pillow form.

(If you don’t have a pillow form – I’m sure you could just stuff the case at the end too)

Notice that the front square includes the buttons placard down the middle.

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Put the wrong sides together. Pin all around and sew all 4 sides with coordinating thread. {For this example I only had to sew two side as the two original side seams of the shirt were the right width so I kept those.}

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* Trim seam at corners.
* Press
* Unbutton (from the inside which is the hardest part of the whole thing) and turn right side out.

(The beauty here is that you don’t have to leave a space to turn the fabric right side out as you’ll be able to do that through the button section!!)
No zipper needed, no hand sewing needed to finish seams.

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Cram Add pillow to your finished case. {A little trick to get pillows (big or small) into cases is to karate chop it lengthwise and grab that squashed and dive the pillow into the case.}

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Voila!!

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This took about 20 minutes from starting to press the shirt, cut, pin, sew, stuff. Whoohoo!!

Here's another one that I made out of one of my hubby’s shirts from his previous employer. How often would he (or anyone else were I to donate it) wanna wear it with the company logo on it!

Cut that logo right off and here we go:
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Another disclaimer – maybe want to ask hub if he is done with a shirt before you cut it up! ;) Hub came home after I made it & said ‘ahhhh I liked that shirt’ I told he could go snuggle up with the pillow if he really wanted to & see it more than he had in the two years & two moves since he left that employer with the shirt just hanging in the closet.
Ahhh memory lane!

Seems happy enough with that - really!

Chat soon -
NORTHERN COTTAGE
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15 comments:

  1. That is a great pillow idea! Love the tank top pillow with the embellishments. Thanks for your sweet comments on my last project! :)

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  2. Good job recycling. I like the pillows too. I don't do a lot of sewing either but pillows I can do.

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  3. Great idea to use the button down shirts. I love the idea of not having to hand sew or make a pocket for the pillow. It's all built in. Pretty pillow!
    ~Michelle

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  4. beautiful!!! i too am just learning to sew! what a great idea!

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  5. I love that ruffly pillow. So pretty! :)

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  6. LOVE this! I'm now looking at shirts and sweaters in thrifts in a whole new diff way!

    Thanks for linking yours up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

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  7. too too cute, and easy!!!

    thanks for sharing the idea.

    Blessings

    barbara jean

    PS great instructions!

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  8. too too cute, and easy!!!

    thanks for sharing the idea.

    Blessings

    barbara jean

    PS great instructions!

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  9. Looks great. Recycling shirts is such a time saver; less cutting and sewing!

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  10. I adore that first one! The red one if fun, too! And you are just starting out with sewing? Well done!!

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  11. Beautiful pillow-- the shirt is a great base! I have an old blanket that reminds me of the shirt... I never seem to use it as a bedspread anymore... it just might be pillow-bound!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog as well! :)

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  12. Love your pilows, the one made from the shirt is tooo cute. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  13. Oh, wow, I love this idea! I'm always looking for ways to recycle clothing these days.

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  14. I really love how delicate and pretty the first pillow is. Thanks for great tutorial!

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