Making a Shirt Pillow

My mom mentioned yesterday that we were going to do some budget-minded posts this week since many folks are recovering from holiday spending or are trying out a new budget.  When we saw a picture of a pillow made from a man’s shirt on the Country Living magazine website, we thought it would be the perfect project to try.  And luckily, Mr. Spring had just tossed one of his shirts because it had a hole in the sleeve.  I grabbed it, and Mom and I successfully made a pillow.



Pillow Shirt

This isn’t the first time we have made pillows out of unusual materials.  Mom had great luck when she made two Ralph Lauren style pillows from sports jackets.


Shirt Pillow

The first thing we did was spread the shirt out on the table and determine how large the pillow should be.  We wanted it to be a square measuring about 12 inches.


Shirt Pillow

Next we cut off the sleeves, but we really didn’t need to do that because the top of the pillow would actually be below the arms.


Pillow shirt

After we cut out a square, all we had to do was sew up the four sides.  First, we put the right sides together.  Also, we left an opening so that we could put the pillow stuffing inside.


Shirt Pillow

Then we stuffed it and sewed up the opening.  It’s a little lumpy right now, but those lumps will smooth out over time.


Shirt Pillow

We tossed it onto the daybed in the Florida room, but I plan to make another one and use them on the back porch this summer.



Shirt Pillow



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  1. Joan Gagnon says

    When I made this pillow I made it as a pillow cover. I stuff the same size square shaped pillow, sewed it up and used the buttoned shirt for a cover and didn’t sew the buttons up.That way the cover can be removed for easy washing.

  2. Helen Malandrakis says

    You could also use a pillow form and use the button opening to put it into the pillow, instead of stuffing with the fluff.

    • says

      The shirt turned out to be an odd size and wouldn’t fit in a standard form. We will try harder on the next attempt to follow your suggestions. Thanks for the input.