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T-Shirt Throw Pillow Project

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Do you have an old t-shirt that you just can’t part with but can’t use because it’s either too small or too big? Maybe it’s a late loved ones shirt that you want to treasure. Or maybe you have old baseball t-shirts from when your kids were littles. Whatever the case, turn that t-shirt into a fun, useful item! Make a soft and cozy t-shirt throw pillow! 

Supplies you will need to make a t-shirt throw pillow

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Step One

The first thing you need to do is iron your shirt to ensure an even cut. This is the shirt that I used. A friend wanted to make a throw pillow from this shirt that she had purchased for her mother-in-law, but it was too small. 


Step Two

Next you need to cut some parchment paper, large enough to border your image. Once you have your paper cut and centered, you will pin it onto the t-shirt. 

measuring parchment paper to help cut image for t-shirt pillow

pinning the parchment paper to t-shirt material

using parchment paper to cut out image on t-shirt for pillow

Step Three

Moving along, you will use a rotary cutter to ensure an even cut, around the paper template. You can always use fabric scissors, but since it is a square cut, and it’s t-shirt material, a rotary cutter is recommended. If you don’t have one, Amazon has them cheap! 

cutting out fabric from t-shirt to make a pillow

Step Four

Now, you are going to remove your pins and flip your two squares of cut pieces of t-shirt fabric to face right sides together. Then, pin them back together, to get ready for the sewing machine. After threading your machine, sew three sides together, leaving one side open for stuffing. 

stitching t-shirt pillow

Step Five

When you’ve sewn three sides, turn the fabric inside out and iron it. Next, you need to stuff it with the fiber fill.  Afterwards, you will sew your fourth side together, folding in your edge to make it as clean as possible. 

ironing pillow after ironing but before stuffing

stuffing for throw pillow

Your t-shirt throw pillow is complete!

throw pillow made from t-shirt

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