You know what I have too many of? T-shirts. There are t-shirts in my closet that I've had for years and never worn. Band t-shirts, random promotional t-shirts, fun-run t-shirts, hand-me-down t-shirts — whether scoop or V or crew, t-shirts basically go to my wardrobe to sit around in neatly folded piles, collecting guilt. One day this summer, I was "talking" with Lux Alptraum, the proprietor of our wonderful sister blog Fleshbot [which is thoroughly and definitely NSFW] on IM, which is how I communicate with all of my colleagues because I am antisocial and that way nobody has to know when I'm not wearing pants, and she told me she'd recently turned a t-shirt into a pillow. The shirt had a cool design on the front, but it was too big for her and she never wore it. The pillow looked really cool. Probably a lot cooler than the original shirt had. And there is probably not much that's easier than turning a t-shirt into a pillow! You cut it out, you sew it, you stuff it, and you're done, folks. I thought 'We have to turn this into a DIY!' So, one recent Saturday, Lux came over and we made t-shirt pillows. The shirt I used bore the name of the college I graduated from. I believe my parents bought it for me at one of those ubiquitous Made In China school-memorabilia shops in 2005 or 2006; when I pulled it out of my closet, it still had tags on. This is a vastly better use.
This DIY will show you how to make a t-shirt pillow in two different ways: one uses a pre-made pillow form from a craft store (my pillow), and the other uses polyester batting or polyfill for a custom shape (Lux's pillow). Of course, if you'd prefer not to use a t-shirt, you could make a pillow out of any fabric you wanted. Here's what you'll need, clockwise from top left: 1) A t-shirt you want to donate to the cause. 2) Sewing scissors. 3) Matching thread. 4) Either a bag of polyfill OR a pillow form. 4) Newspaper or butcher's paper, for drafting a pattern. 5) Measuring tape. 6) Pins and needles. Click any photo to enlarge.
If there's something you'd like to see as a DIY project, you know what to do. In the meantime, to check out past DIYs — including how to tailor a dress, how to make an envelope clutch, and how to do a '30s-style moon manicure — click here.