Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ReCre8 Old T-Shirt Projects: Memory Pillows (Epsiode 1)

So, this is my "5 minute" attempt at creating a t-shirt pillow.  I had this 12x12 pillow form sitting in the craft closet, so I thought I could throw together a pillow case for my 7-yo with his old T-Ball t-shirt.

I didn't want to mess with fusing and such, so I dealt with reinforcing the t-shirt material by using squares of an old sheet to sew underneath them.


  • 2 13x13 squares of old sheet or similar cotton fabric
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 1 12x12 pillow form
  • Sheers
  • Sewing Machine
  1. Pin the 13x13 square of fabric to the front of the t-shirt, taking care to place any graphics in an appealing place.
  2. Cut around the 13x13 square.
  3. Repeat for the back of the t-shirt.
  4. Layer your squares with the t-shirts pieces sanwiched inside the cotton fabric.  (the part you want to show should be facing each other in the middle.
  5. Using your machine, sew around the edges leaving a 1/2" seam.  Leave a 5" opening for stuffing the pillow form in.
  6. Turn the pillow form right side out.
  7. Stuff your pillow form into the pillow case.
  8. Hand stitch up the seam.  (Here is where I tried to take a short cut and use the sewing machine.  You can see from the picture that it does not look pretty!  I don't recommend it!)
  9. Ta-Da! now you have a soft comfy pillow.

1 comment:

Mary said...

Carmen- I just found your site- this is amazing- I would have listed it in my Washington Parent Article this fall about craft resources in DC area. Very cool! Thanks for ordering the plants!