make a pillowcase from a tshirt

old tshirts crafts

I have been doing this forever. When I was younger I liked to decorate and redecorate my room but it turns out that going to middle school doesn’t pay so well so I had to get innovative.

Yes, I got in trouble for cutting up my clothes and yes, it was totally worth it! (Especially since even back then decorative pillows could easily run between $15-30). Nowadays I try to stick to old or stained clothing but occasionally there’s a color or pattern that’s just too tempting…you understand.

You will need:
Old T-shirt
Ugly pillow
Fabric marker/pencil

upcycling crafts

Begin by placing your pillow inside the shirt to make sure it will fit. It should be snug on both sides and not baggy.

eco friendly crafts

Now pull out the pillow and flip your shirt inside out.

cheap apartment decorating

Carefully line up the bottom seams. You can iron these if you’d like (I was too lazy).

tshirt crafts

Thread your needle and sew the two sides together.

upcycled pillows

Flip your shirt right side out and place the pillow inside to see how it fits. Your seam should now look like this…

cheap decorative pillows

and your shirt should look like this. Make a small mark on the fabric where the pillow ends but the shirt keeps going.

Tshirt projects

Remove the pillow and begin trimming off the excess fabric buy cutting 1″ above your mark. (I folded the shirt in half while cutting to save time).

simple sew pillow
Once you finish place the pillow back inside your almost finished pillowcase.

pillow make over

Start at one end and begin to carefully fold the edges inward. Try to keep everything nice and even.

green house decorating

When you’re done thread your needle once more and begin to sew the two edges together. This seam will be visible so be sure to use the right color of thread.

ideas for old tshirts

That’s it! You’re done.

upcycling fashion

The best part about this is that once you get bored of this fabric you can just cut it off and start all over with something new. :)

what to do with old tshirts

Style at will!


  1. Rosie, October 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm:

    Love this! And the possibilities are endless :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

    • Mollie, October 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm:

      Exactly! Sometimes I go to Goodwill looking for fabric instead of clothes:)

Leave a Reply


* (Will not be published, just a spam precaution)

Comment Preview

, October 1, 2013
Follow me on Instagram @mollielovescolor