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Topic: Recycle Old T-Shirts into Chiq Pillows  (Read 4227 times)
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« on: May 18, 2004 04:33:36 PM »

I hate parting with old t-shirts... especially ones with cool patterns and designs. I came up with a way to reuse those too-small tees into a great room accent or gift.

Materials
 Smiley An old tee shirt. You can use one or many.
 Smiley A sewing kit.
 Smiley Basic sewing knowlege
 Smiley An old pillow or cotton batting
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 Smiley masking tape

Step-by-Step
1. Turn the tee inside out and using a ruler and masking tape, mark out the area you want to be the front of the pillow. Be sure to leave a few inches around the design for a seam.
2. Pin the two layers of the shirt together along the tape lines you made.
3. Cut along the tape lines through both layers.
4. Sew up all but one side of the pillow, removing the pins as you go.
5. Turn the tee right side out and stuff with the cotton batting or the batting from inside an old pillow.
6. Sew up the last side.
7. Display on couch, chair, bed, or give to a friend.

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 Grin You can make a few of similar tastes (like all shirts depecting retro cartoons) and give them as gifts.
 Grin Using all of one kind of shirt (stripes, dots, plain colours, etc), you can create a new look for your bed or couch.
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2004 05:32:50 PM »

my favorite tee shirt bit the dust today... I think I'll do this.

...but my sewing sucks and I would hate to ruin such an awesome shirt...
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2004 10:37:52 AM »

Something that really helps when sewing tshirts or anything stretchy like that, get fusible woven interfacing. It gives the shirt a bit of stiffness so it doesn't stretch out while you're sewing it. I've made many pillows this way-they're really cute.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2004 12:05:32 PM »

If you suck at sewing, you can always try this idea I got from my cousin. She got an old pillow and put it inside the tee and used ribbon to make corners...
Let me rephrase that. She took ribbon and made sort of a "pony tail" with the shirt in the four corners of the pillow. I think that makes sense....
Anyway, the point is, it doesn't require any sewing.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2004 01:41:25 PM »

ive started doing this with my gazillions of bandshirts that i dont wear anymore.  you cant have to many good charlotte pillows! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2004 02:18:22 PM »

Do you have a photo available? I would absolutely love to see this one!

- Mary
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2004 12:28:16 PM »

No, I only've made these as gifts so far... I'm working on an 80s shirt with Rocky and Bullwinkle on it... maybe I'll take step-by-step pictures if I get a chance.
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