Cushion Cover From a T-shirt

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About: Hi. I'm Ellen, PhD student by day and sewer/crafter/maker by night. I believe anyone can be a maker, so I post videos on YouTube about what I make and how I make it to offer some help. I believe that if you...

Intro: Cushion Cover From a T-shirt

I came across a T-shirt with an awesome print on it, but it wasn't something I would wear a lot. So I got the largest size available and turned it into a cushion cover.

Making a cushion cover like this is super easy, no zippers required. All you need to do is cut the fabric and sew in straight(ish) lines. Of course it works for any T-shirt you may want to use, but also for pretty much all other fabrics.

You can watch the video or read the steps here, whatever you prefer.

What you’ll need:

- A big T-shirt to transform (mine was an XXL)

- Matching thread

- Inner cushion

- Scissors

- Sewing machine

Step 1: Take the Shirt Apart

Start by taking the shirt apart. Cut open the sides and remove the sleeves and neck lining. Now you have actual pieces of fabric to work with.

Step 2: Cut the Front Panel

Use some chalk to draw a square on the front piece. Usually, you’d draw on the back, but you want to make sure the print is centered nicely, so draw on the front this time. Start with drawing center lines, and then draw the square. The trick is to make the square a bit smaller than the size of your inner cushion. That will make the cover fit nice and snuggly and puff up the cushion. My inner cushion is 50 by 50 centimeters (20 x 20 inches), so I’m drawing my square to be 45 by 45 centimeters (18 x 18 inches). Add 1,5 centimeters (3/4 inch) of seam allowance all the way around. Cut it out, and your first piece is ready.

Step 3: Cut the Back Panels

For the back, you’ll cut two pieces that will overlap. Start by cutting a big strip that is the same width as the front piece. Then cut it into two pieces, each with a length of about 2/3 of the front piece, so around 30 centimeters (12 inches) in my case. This will give the pieces a 1/3 overlap in the back.

I made use of the original hem for one of the pieces. For the other piece, you’ll just need to hem one of the long sides by folding it over twice and stitching it down.

Step 4: Sew It All Together

Place the front piece right side up, and place the two back pieces on top, right sides down. Line up the top and the bottom of the pieces and let them overlap in the middle.

Pin the pieces in place and sew all the way around with a straight stitch. Stitch 1,5 centimeters (3/4 inch) from the edge and make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.

Turn the cover right side out and place your inner cushion inside. Now you have an awesome cushion! That was easy, right?

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    SilentSkeleton

    1 year ago

    That's an adorable shirt, and it'll make a great pillow :o)

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    ffcabral

    1 year ago

    That's a good idea. The same happened to me, I bought a t-shirt from some Youtuber because I did like the art (and the printing technique) but I don't see myself wearing it in publlic and I don't want it to waste away by using it as pjs. Even if I don't use it as a cushion (no use for it in my room), I may upcycle it into something more useful.

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    Crafts with Ellenffcabral

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah, some things just fall into that gray area of not fitting your daily style but being too cool for pyjamas. This T-shirt works great as a cushion, and I've seen people make some amazing T-shirt quilts, but I'm sure there are more good options to upcycle them :)

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    Swansong

    1 year ago

    That's adorable! We've got some old t-shirts that would be good for this :)

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