No-Sew Shirt Pillow

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No-Sew Shirt Pillow

Upcycle a shirt into a stylish gift. This pillow is not only snazzy, it’s a breeze to make because there’s no sewing involved.

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What you'll need

  • Old shirt with buttons
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Pillow form

How to make it

  1. Step 1

    We will be making two cuts in the shirt. The first cut is right below the pocket. Don’t cut the pocket because we’ll be saving it for later. Here’s a helpful hint: plaid shirts are the easiest to use with because you can use the lines of the plaid as a cutting guide.

  2. Step 2

    The second cut is at the bottom of the shirt. Cut a straight line to remove the curved tail of the shirt. You should now have a rectangular piece of shirt fabric.

  3. Step 3

    Turn what’s left of the shirt inside out. Using fabric glue, adhere both the top and bottom edges to each other. Slide the tip of the fabric glue bottle between the two edges and use the lines of the plaid shirt to guide you to ensure you apply the glue in a straight line. Press down firmly and allow the glue to dry completely.

  4. Step 4

    When the glue is dry, unbutton the shirt and turn the shirt out again. Here is where the buttons are helpful. Without the buttons, you wouldn’t be able to turn the shirt around. Next, insert a pillow form in the shirt opening. Since the pillow we’re making is rectangular rather than square, a pillow form that is 12” x 16” works best. Depending on the original size of your shirt, there may be extra fabric on the sides. You can easily hide the excess fabric by tucking it into the opening of the shirt.

  5. Step 5

    Cut the pocket from what’s left of the shirt and glue it to the front of the pillow.

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