T-Shirt Pillow

Kelli Mahoney

These are a great way for you to preserve your old t-shirts rather than keeping them in a drawer. Often our t-shirts have messages that bring us back to events in our lives with fond memories. By creating pillows out of your t-shirts, you can keep those memories without keeping them hidden in the dresser.



  • one old t-shirt
  • fiber-fill
  • needle
  • thread (the same color as the t-shirt)
  • chalk or pencil
  • ruler
  • straight pins

Optional Ingredients:

  • fringe
  • buttons
  • lace
  • etc.


  1. Take your old t-shirt and lay it flat on the table with the front on top facing you.
  2. With the chalk, trace a square around the design of the t-shirt (you may want to use a ruler to make your lines straight), also making sure you give one inch of extra space around the design. If you are a decent sewer, you can even try a circle or other shapes.
  3. Cut along the chalk line. You should be cutting through both the front and back side of the fabric so that your pieces will be the same size. Cutting through both parts of the fabric together saves time.
  4. Discard the rest of the t-shirt.
  5. Turn the pieces so the right sides face each other and the wrong side of the fabric is on the outside.
  6. Pin the pieces together so that they don't move while you are sewing. If you have a sewing machine, then stitch 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric, leaving a 3 inch space to stuff the pillow.
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  8. Use the fiber fill to stuff the pillow to the fullness you desire.
  9. Then hand stitch the opening.

If you do not have a sewing machine, then you can hand stitch the entire thing, just make sure you are stitching straight and with small stitches.

That's it. You now have your memories preserved on a pillow. There are other things like adding fringe or sewing on buttons that you can do to add character to your pillow. Also, a variation is to not cut the t-shirt at all, and just stitch up the openings, stuff through the neck opening, and stitch that up. It will give you a t-shirt pillow in the shape of a t-shirt, the possibilities are endless, and so much fun!

Pillow made from an old t-shirt.

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By Firefly1985 (Guest Post)
July 21, 20050 found this helpful

Great idea. I too have t-shirts from different places we have gone on vacations. I will think of doing the same.


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July 21, 20050 found this helpful

I've been wanting to do that and I think I will.


By annette (Guest Post)
July 25, 20050 found this helpful

Thanks for a great idea..I have many t-shirts.....

By Kathie (Guest Post)
July 28, 20050 found this helpful

I've made these for my two adult sons. When they left home, they left some of their favorite, but outgrown, t-shirts. They loved having the memory of the great rock concert, athletic competition, or other event they had attended. It made a nice surprise gift for them.


Also, young Moms might want to make them out of the t-shirt that your youngster just won't give up even though it's three sizes too small! That way he/she will still have that favorite shirt (it's the memory part they want to hold onto), and you won't have to battle with them about wearing it again. It could even be a project to work on together, with the youngster helping with choosing the parts for the front and back, and also help with the stuffing.

By carole (Guest Post)
April 10, 20060 found this helpful

thank you for the wonderful ideas! my brother passed away and left a young daughter behind. I made a pillow out of his old T-shirt for her to hug at night and feel close to her daddy.

By peggygv (Guest Post)
April 19, 20060 found this helpful

I made something similar for a friend of mine that was in the service in Kuwait away from her family. I got a picture of her husband and little girl and made an iron on with my computer (using special iron on picture paper) and ironed it on a pillow case.


I sent it to her so she would feel close to them at night when she slept. She was ecstatic to receive it.


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