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My first How-To, and its no-sew!
My son LOVES Super Mario Bros. I went through his drawers and found this old Mario tee that doesn't fit him anymore. His room is currently Mario theme (the curtains, sheets, and posters), so what better way to add to his room by making a pillow to throw on his bed! :D Its no-sew because my sewing skills are limited to just 2 hand stitches... LOL Also, it only took 45 minutes to do, a pretty quick project. Plus you can have the child help stuff the pillow, gives them something to do.

*This is my first tutorial/how-to, so please feel free to comment if there are any errors.*

Posted by gypsie_jay from Temple Terrace, Florida, United States • Published See gypsie_jay's 52 projects »
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  • How to make a recycled cushion. Old T Shirt To New Pillow! - Step 1
    Step 1

    What's needed: old shirt, hot glue or fabric glue, tape measure, crayon or fabric chalk/marker, scissors and poly fill or fabric scraps (not shown).

  • How to make a recycled cushion. Old T Shirt To New Pillow! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Measure the size of your pillow and mark it. I made it 13x13 inches. When gluing it together you will have about 1/4"-1/2" border or trim around the pillow. So it will be roughly about 12x12 after stuffing.

  • How to make a recycled cushion. Old T Shirt To New Pillow! - Step 3
    Step 3

    I'm very anal about things moving when cutting, so I pinned both sides together. Now cut it out! :D
    You want to make sure you cut off the collar and sleeves. If you want to keep the t-shirt shape, close the collar and bottom and stuff through the sleeves. ;)

  • How to make a recycled cushion. Old T Shirt To New Pillow! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Glue it together. Make sure you do not glue too close to the edge, then the glue oozes out. :P

  • How to make a recycled cushion. Old T Shirt To New Pillow! - Step 5
    Step 5

    Make sure to leave a 3-4 inch opening on the bottom so you can stick your hand in to stuff.

  • How to make a recycled cushion. Old T Shirt To New Pillow! - Step 6
    Step 6

    Stuff it like a Thanksgiving turkey! LOL Make it as fluffy or flat as your child wants.

  • How to make a recycled cushion. Old T Shirt To New Pillow! - Step 7
    Step 7

    Viola! Pillow done! If the edges do not look right then trim them. You can add decorative trim to your pillow if you like.

    Then...

  • How to make a recycled cushion. Old T Shirt To New Pillow! - Step 8
    Step 8

    Priceless!! A happy kid or kid at heart... :) That's my son w/ the finished pillow.

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gypsie_jay
gypsie_jay · Temple Terrace, Florida, US · 57 projects
@Jet H.: the problem w/ staples is that my son is special needs. If he sees the staples he will try to chew on them! LOL Thanks for your comment! Happy
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
LOL this is smart to avoid sewing, like it, do you know you can use stapples as well, I have made a tute of that, (the etui)
My sis did this as well in here class with four and 5 year old kiddo's
i was flabber gasthed when she told me, so as well those kiddo's.LOL
Great recyling project as welll!!!! xxxxxxx
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gypsie_jay
gypsie_jay · Temple Terrace, Florida, US · 57 projects
Thanks for the comments! I'm glad to share this w/ everyone on here. I SUCK at sewing and I do not have a sewing machine... so the glue gun was the only option! Happy LOL
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Libby W.
Libby W. · Whitehaven, England, GB · 86 projects
This is great, I have so many t-shirts that are getting slightly holey that might end up as pillows now.
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Shannon L.
Shannon L. · 3 projects
I am making SOOOO many pillows this way...thanks! Happy
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