DIY Crafts For Teens: Upcycle Old T-Shirts Into Cute Decorative Pillows
This Is A Simple Sewing Craft That Requires Minimal Skills
If you know how to thread your sewing machine and sew a straight line, you will able to make your own keepsake t-shirt pillows. Kids can make these too, with teens being more than capable.
Decorate A Teen's Bedroom Or Dorm Room By Repurposing Old T-Shirts Into Decorative Pillows
Does your teen have a stash of favorite t-shirts they no longer wear but can't bear to part with because they have some sentimental value or they just love them too much? Instead of burying them in the bottom of a box, with the chance of them seeing the light of day again next to none, repurpose them into easy-to-make DIY T-Shirt Pillows.
My kids have a trunk full of t-shirts collected over the years from special trips, gifts from family, sports teams and special events.
For this project, my teen daughter picked out four t-shirts that she has outgrown, choosing bright colors and fun designs that fit into the theme of her room.
Not only are these t-shirt pillows a great sewing project for teenagers to do, they also make wonderful and unique gifts. Do you have a teen heading off to university this fall? Make them a special t-shirt pillow from one of their favorite childhood memories to remind them of home.
Follow along with the instructions below to see how easy it is to make these t-shirt pillows yourself. They are very simple to make and it took me less than an hour to make all four!
How To Make T-Shirt Pillows
You Will Need An Old T-Shirt (Or A Few)
Go through your hoard of t-shirts and pick out one or a few that hold special memories or are cool in design. If you want, put them in the dryer for 10 minutes to get the wrinkles out. The ones we used were very wrinkly from sitting squashed in the bottom of a give-away bag for a couple of months.
Supplies You Need
We used polyester stuffing to fill the pillows. I like to fluff up the stuffing by pulling it apart before putting in the pillows. The stuffing looks more even and you don't get as many bumps.
- Polyester stuffing
- Tape measure
- Sewing Machine
1. Go through your pile of favorite t-shirts and pick out one with a fun design. Decide on the size and shape of your design and take measurements.
2. Transfer your measurements to a large piece of paper or newspaper and cut out. I used an extra large pot lid to make a circle pattern. These are your patterns.
3. Position the pattern on the t-shirt. Pin through both layers of material using straight pins, parallel to all four edges, so you can cut around the edges with a pair of scissors.
4. Cut the around the pattern and remove the straight pins. You will be left with two identical sized pieces of material.
5. Turn the pieces of material inside out and pin together using straight pins. Place the pins perpendicular to the edges so the sewing machine can still run over them.
6. Thread your sewing machine with the same color thread as the t-shirt you are using. Starting at one corner, sew along the inside edge with a straight stitch, leaving about a 1/4" border.
7. Continue sewing all four sides, leaving a 2" gap at the end for the stuffing. If you are using a pillow form, only sew up three sides, leaving one side open to insert the form. Turn the pillow right side out.
8. Fill the pillow with polyester stuffing, feeding it through the gap that you left. Once you are satisfied with the amount of stuffing inside, it is time to close up the gap. Thread a needle and hand sew the opening closed.
The Finished Project
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