I made this pillow out of 3 old shirts that I found at the thrift shop. I had an old throw pillow that I used the stuffing from. I wanted to personalize it so I measured the old pillow and calculated how big each letter would be. This could also work for a name with 4 or 5 letters if you rearrange them. I think the piping and the red border frame the letters nicely.
Step 1: Supplies
You will need, sewing machine, matching thread, scissors, measuring tape, either store bought piping or cotton cord to make your own, 3 cotton shirts and fusible bonding.
Step 2: Cut up the shirts
cut up the shirts along the seams. throw away the collar and cuffs. remove the buttons and save in button jar. Iron each section.
Step 3: Cutting out the letters
Either purchase a pillow form or re-cover a throw pillow you already have. Once you have the measurements, then you can calculate the size of the letters. My pillow was 18" x 18", so I subtracted the 2" border leaving it 16" x 16". each rectangle is approximately 5-1/3" x 8". plus 1/4" seam allowance around each rectangle makes each one 5-1/2" x 8-1/4". Cut the letters out of paper for the patterns.
Step 4: Sew the letters onto rectangles
Iron the fusible webbing onto the wrong side of the fabric pieces that will be used for the letters. Cut the letters out and peel the paper backing off. Iron the letters onto the rectangles. With the sewing machine, zig-zag around each letter.
Step 5: Sewing rectangles together
stitch the 3 top pieces together. stitch the 3 bottom pieces together, then sew the 2 rows together. Press the seams open.
Step 6: Adding the border
cut strips for the border 2-1/2" wide. stitch around all 4 sides. Press.
Step 7: Piping
Piping is optional but I think it adds a nice touch. Cut bias strips 2" wide. Since my pillow was 18" on each side, I needed a total of 72" plus a couple of inches for overlapping the ends. sew the strips together until you get the length you need. Press the seams open. fold over cording and pin. Using a zipper foot, sew the fabric around the cording.