Repurpose DIY: T-Shirt Pillow

Are you ready for fall yet? I can’t wait! I’m kinda over summer. If you have a student going into college, they are experiencing a mixture of excitement and nerves. The thought of living in the dorms is especially fun and a bit scary. When I was in college, my roommate and I made our room one of the cutest on that floor. Making the dorm room a comfy oasis is a must for students that are away from home. But that can get expensive, so this week I decided to do a budget decor DIY for any dorm room or bedroom.

T-Shirt Pillow DIY

These pillows can be made very cheaply or even free. You can customize these t-shirt pillows for anyone with the right shirt. I am currently on a t-shirt pillow making spree, as you can see. They are fun to make, and you can make your own in less than an hour.

All you need is:

Supplies - Geeky Tshirt Pillow

  • T-Shirt
  • Throw Pillow (smaller than the t-shirt)
  • Scissors
  • Marking Pencil or Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine
  • Straight Pins

You don’t even need a zipper, which is wonderful because those can be very tricky to get right. Without further ado, let’s start repurposing a t-shirt in a pillow.

Start out by measuring your throw pillow.

With a ruler measure the pillow from end to end. These will be the dimensions for the t-shirt pillow case. Don’t worry about adding a seam allowance unless your pillow is very firm. The pillow should squish in nicely and t-shirts have a nice stretch to them so you want the t-shirt pillow case to be snug.

Next mark out the pillow’s dimensions on your t-shirt.

Cutting Out Geeky Tshirt Pillow

If you have a design with a definite edge like this t-shirt, you can make even margins around the image. You also need to mark the width down to the hem of the shirt. The hem is going to become one of the opening edges.

Cut the shirt on the top and sides to the bottom shirt hem. Do NOT cut the bottom marked edge.

Now it’s time to cut out the back of the t-shirt pillow.

Cutting Back of Geeky Pillow

You can remark the bottom edge if want to make sure you can see it. Next follow the t-shirt on that line with right sides together. Put a few pins in it to hold the hem in place. Then lay the t-shirt front, facing down, on the t-shirt back. The right sides of the t-shirt halves should be facing.

Position the hem of the t-shirt back so that it overlaps the hem of the t-shirt front a bit. Like so:

So the opening to insert the pillow will already been finished when you sew it together. Hence no zippers!

Cut that to size using the t-shirt front cutout as a guide.

Pin the edges together.

Sewing Geeky Pillow

You may want to pin the opening flaps down as well just in case. Now sew around the top and sides of the pillow. I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance (aka the distance between the edge of the fabric and where the stitches are). Remove the pins as you sew. You don’t want to run over a pin: it could break your sewing needle.

Turn the t-shirt pillow case inside out and shove the throw pillow in. Now you have a fun t-shirt pillow!

Finished Geeky Tshirt Pillow 1 copy
*Marvel and Marvel Superhero Character are owned by Marvel Comics. Heartland America and Home with Heartland is in no way associated with Marvel Comics or its Affiliates* – The t-shirt was purchased from a thrift store.

You can use your kid’s’ camp t-shirts, a marathon t-shirt, or even a college t-shirt. And they are very soft and easy to clean. Just throw the pillow case into your washing machine with the rest of your t-shirts. The possibilities are as endless as the options for t-shirts.

Your student (or even yourself) is going to need a new jacket this year. Check out Heartland America for a great assortment of jackets.

Jackets at Heartland America
Men’s Denim Jean Jacket, Ladies Black RT Alpine Jacket, Ladies Grey Trimark Jacket, Men’s Convertible Black 3-In-1 Jacket, Men’s Black Lightweight Puffy Jacket

These are only a few of the jackets Heartland has in stock. Stock is limited so check them out today before they’re gone.

With fall coming, I hope you cuddle up to your favorite pillow and send your kids to school in style. Have fun on your t-shirt pillow making spree, and remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.


Disclaimer: All characters and brands are owned by their perspective companies. Heartland America is not affiliated with them. T-shirts and pillows were purchased from a local thrift store.

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