Monday, July 19, 2010

The Finished Project. It's a.....

Pillow!

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I started with one of my old t-shirts, cutting 1 1/2 in wide strips from it.

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Using the longest stitch, I sewed right down the middle of each strip.

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I ruffled each strip by pulling the bottom thread and easing the gathering along the thread. This takes a while so I sat and watched a couple of episodes of Veronica Mars while I did it. I really miss that show.

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I laid out one of my husbands old dress shirts and started laying down the ruffled strips to see how wide my pillow would be and to make sure I had enough ruffles to go all the way across the shirt.

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Once I had all the ruffles down, I knew how wide to cut my pillow.

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Using the side seam of the shirt as a guide, I started sewing the ruffles on to the back of the shirt, going down the center of each strip, right over the original basting stitch. I overlapped the ruffles just slightly.

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Here it is with all the ruffles attached.

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Turn the shirt over and button up what is now the back,

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then turn the shirt inside out and sew the top and bottom of the pillow.

Unbutton the shirt and turn it right side out.

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Now you can either stuff it, or make a pillow form to fit inside, ( I did this using an old sheet and the filling out of an old pillow.)

Once the pillow is stuffed, button up the back, and enjoy your up-cycled pillow!

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46 comments:

Stacie said...

so cute! Good job! :)

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness, that is seriously so cute! I might need to make one!

artydoll said...

Such a good use for old T shirts,great idea,really lovely

kittycat said...

i love this! i wish i knew how to sew :(

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, I can't believe that was old shirts. It's gorgeous! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Sarah said...

I really really LOVE that pillow (almost as much as I loved that I guessed it right)!!! It turned out so cute!

Jamie Wyckoff said...

such a great idea! love it!

Starry said...

So cute! Just what I can do with an old shirt I love but doesn't fit h2b any more.

Thanks for sharing!

The Feisty Redhead said...

Thanks so much for this! I was thinking about just adding these strips to a pillow cover that I already have. It's boring and plain, and this would definitely spice it up. Woohoo!

foodmathquilts said...

What a great idea! I love that you reused a shirt for most of your seams - especially the buttoned part.

This is on my "to make" list

CinderCat said...

It is great! My granddaughter (8 years old) just loves the ruffles!
You are so darn talented..thanks for sharing!

Margie said...

I love this idea. I've been looking for interesting pillow ideas and think I may need to try this :)

Nicki said...

Love this idea. I'm rushing to get dinner finished so I can start pulling together old t-shirts and dress shirts to make my own pillow.

malia said...

this is brilliant! i love using my hubby's cast off clothes for stuff too... thanks for the tutorial! malia
www.yesterdayontuesday.com

Dreamer said...

I'm definitely going to try to do this for my baby's nursery! I just got a sewing machine last week and am looking for fun, creative (and yet semi-easy) ways to decorate my baby's room!! Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog, Tricia!

Izzy's Mommy said...

this is adorable! I need to make one!.... now If I could figure out my grandma's old sewing machine... lol

Michael - Innkeeper said...

has anyone ever told you that you are genious. if not, i'm telling you now.

just beautiful and creative. love the ruffles

April: Bridges to Blessings said...

What a great idea to use the men's shirt with the buttons! I love it and now I may have to try it!

Valerie said...

I love this!! I have had this forever in my feed demon so I can properly file you at thecraftersfilebox.com. Thanks so much for sharing!! I can't wait to massacre some shirts! :)

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Look at this!! So creative and looks great! Janell

Krista Eitsert said...

So glad I found your blog through going home to roost. Great DIY. Looks so easy and cute. A must try.

Sharon said...

what a great idea! well done! can i repost to my blog if i link to your tutorial? www.farmandfrufru.blogspot.com farmandfrufru@yahoo.com...thanks!

Alicia said...

This is just amazing! What a great use of unwanted shirts!

I may just have to send this project to my craft partner to do for our blog!

Amanda said...

oh wow, that's so cute! i don't know if i would have the determination or patients to stick out that project but i would for sure enjoy the end result! well done!!

Eclectically Bethy said...

This is the cutest idea ever! I will definitely be giving this a try sometime soon!
http://www.eclecticallybethy.blogspot.com

whoopsiedaisiesgal said...

That is really, really, sweet and simply cute! Love it! I love cutting up old stuff and making it into something new! I'm inspired!

Kudzu said...

a really great refashion :D love the ruffles.
kudzu

Rebecca said...

I love this! I've been stashing some of my husbands old shirts with the idea of reusing them. :)

I write a column for the Examiner online about budget crafting. I like to feature "trash to treasure" ideas and would love to feature your project in an upcoming article. Please contact me if you are interested. I would just need your permission to link to your blog and use your photos (with credits to you, of course.) Thanks!

Aimee said...

I LOVED your ruffled pillow and featured it here! So clever!

Erin said...

So beautiful! I love the shade of blue.

The Girl Creative said...

That is awesome! I have plenty of old t-shirts (and my husband's button downs) and would love to try this! It looks sooo easy. Found you through the Crafter's File Box. :)

Rosanna said...

Very, very good!!!!!!I can to make one.
Thanks.
Rosanna

U. said...

so inspiring!!

Sarah said...

love this! thank you!

Hilary said...

What a fantastic use of materials!

P.S. I also loved and miss Veronica Mars! It was so fun and Kristen Bell was so young.

Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

Great tutorial & such a cute pillow. I love ruffles! I'm a new follower :)

http://dominiquescraftcouture.blogspot.com

Jenn Camling said...

This is awesome! I just started making my ruffles today and found that the tshirts do work best for the ruffles, I used another fabric from an old skirt, and it was very hard to ease the fabric down the thread.
thanks so much for sharing even just the ruffle making part! I adore ruffles, on anything!

Zarah said...

SO clever & so CUTE!! (I miss Veronica Mars too, by the way. LOVE that show!)

Alison said...

Such a great idea. Love the buttons of the shirt as the pillow opening.

The Feisty Redhead said...

Wanted to say thank you for the inspiration on this one! I used one of my old tee shirts to make a pillow with ruffles like yours, and I love it! You can see photos on my blog: http://thefeistyredhead.blogspot.com/2011/06/ruffle-tee-shirt-pillow.html

Thank you!

Kathy said...

LOOVE it!!! Thank you for the detailed tutorial--I think I may actually be able to do it.

jasmine said...

sweeet!! me do!

Andrea said...

I especially love the use of the old shirt!

lyndsay said...

fantastic!! so cute! ^__^

Mimi said...

Sooo cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

theneighborladyandcompany said...

Love it!