STOP: do NOT throw out that T-shirt! Upcycle it!

I am slightly gitty about the ways that I have learned to take an old tee and turn it into something (or multiple things!) absolutely fabulous! Here it is, worn out T-shirt into uber-chic pillow:

Take an old t-shirt, preferably with something written or pictured across the front. Place it on a large workspace and smooth out the surface. Mark a square out with fabric chalk – however big you want your pillow to be . Then make another square inside of the large square – about a 3″ line  from the sides and 2 1/2″ from the top and bottom of the shirt. Then cut the large square out, careful to cut BOTH the top and bottom layer of the tee. Keep it flat on your work surface.

Then take your scissors and cut 1 ” indents from the outside of the square to the inside, marked square – all the way around and through both layers. You can cut the corners off.

Now, keeping the two layers together, start tying each top and bottom coordinating 1″ strip.

Tie 3 sides and then slide an old pillow through the top or fill with stuffing.

Then finish tying off the top of the pillow and make sure all ties are secure.

There you have it!

Your no sew t-shirt pillow! SO cute! Check out mine below, perfect for my theatre/sports memorabilia room.

And for all of you wondering about that bottom piece of the t-shirt that you cut off…uh huh, keep that, too! You can make them into ultra fabulous infinity scarves!

I hope you try this totally easy way to make something so cool out of…almost nothing. What a great gift idea, eh? (You could BUY a new t-shirt if you’re thinking gift item!) I may have gotten carried away here…and my husband may be searching for some of his fave t-shirts. Oops. Happy t-shirt-hunting! 🙂


29 thoughts on “STOP: do NOT throw out that T-shirt! Upcycle it!

  1. My boyfriend has about 200 tee’s – most of them from concerts. I’ve been looking at pics on the net for hours and found yours! Perfect, so perfect. It makes sense these can be no-sew. I’m going to come the thrift stores for pillows to match up with the tees. Thank you.

  2. What a fantastic idea, My son is 17 and I wanted to update his room.. he loves Vintage and retro, so this would suit him down to the ground… Well done you!! love it ❤ xx

  3. When my 3 sons worked construction, they would cut the sleeves off t-shirts as a kind of dew-rag, it held their hair back and caught any perspiration.
    Thank you for the lovely idea.

  4. Stumbled upon this on Pinterest, what a cute idea! I’ve seen the same kind of upcycling used for purses, but I like the idea of pillows much better. An easy way to change up the living room decor without having to go full out and buy new stuff!

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