How to Sew a Pillowcase From a T-shirt




Introduction: How to Sew a Pillowcase From a T-shirt

So i have a bunch of t-shirts in a drawer. And for various reasons I don't want to part with them. However I won't wear them either. I came up with this idea so that i can enjoy my t-shirts from vacations, etc... It's easy and quick. And don't throw the sleeves away. They can be recycled into many things. Look for my next instructable.

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Step 1:

Turn your T wrongside out and stitch around the outside edges making sure to catch both sides when you sew past the neck opening. I used black thread so that you could see the stitching but you should match your thread color to your T-shirt. Make sure to back stitch at the edges and also at the corners.

Step 2:

Trim away the excess. save the sleeves for another instructable or for washing the car, dusting furniture, or any other small job.

Step 3:

Turn your t-shirt right side out and pop in your standard size pillow. I used a mens large t but if you have x-lg or bigger you can use them for queen and even king size pillows. They are great for summer sleeping when it's warm and youy have to change your pillowcase more often.

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    5 Discussions

    Thanks so much for posting this. I will be making these pillowcases for years to come! I just cannot part with many of the t-shirts we've acquired over the years. They have so many memories! Great instructions too!

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great Concept! I am going to try this out with some shirts from the craft store or second hand store. I do have two of questions: 1. is that just a straight stitch? 2. Whats the best brand of thread to buy? I am still somewhat of a novice at sewing, and there's still so much to learn. Thanks you for posting this!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I used a straight stitch and all purpose thread.


    9 years ago on Step 1

    Great idea! What size tee shirt are you using?


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

    The t-shirt that i used for a standard size pillow was a mens large. If you have x-lg or larger (especially if they are long) you can make queen or king size pillow cases.