I love making simple pillow covers out of old T Shirt. You can easily sew great looking Pillow covers out of almost any old T Shirt. Solid colored T Shirt work best, but really even those with designs can look great too.
If you do want to show the design on the T-shirt pillow, the keep this in mind as you work on this simple recycle material craft project. This is a great way t display T-shirts you have collected over the years, but no longer wear. If you also always end up with T-shirts that are way too large, then use them to make these simple pillows!
Now, if you are not lucky enough to have a bunch of old T Shirts laying around waiting to be made into these simple pillowslip covers, then try checking out your local Goodwill or thrift store. I find T Shirts in all shapes, sizes, and colors for $1 all the time. Wash them with a little color safe bleach and you know they are clean!
Now, to Make a Pillow Slipcovers Out of Old T Shirts You Will Need:
1 – 2 Old T Shirts
Pillow or New Pillow Insert
Now, I like to simply first turn my T Shirt inside out. You want the good side facing in.
Now, insert your pillow into the T Shirt from the bottom. Place it so that the T Shirt wraps around it comfortably.
Now, take your straight pins and outline the T Shirt making sure to pin straight lines on all four sides.
Now, I like to unpin the bottom side and slide the inserted pillow out. This is optional though. It certainly is a lot easier to sew the pillow slipcover from the T Shirt if there is no pillow inside though.
Now, sew along the top and the two sides with your sewing machine. I recommend starting at the bottom left and working my way to the bottomed right.
Now, I also recommend sewing this old T Shirt pillow slip cover with a matching thread, you will most likely be able to see the thread at some point, so pay attention to detail.
Now, you should also sew these three sides at least twice. This will ensure your pillowslip cover stays together.
Now, cut of any lose thread and trim the three sides of the T Shirt down to about three inches away from the lines you just sewed. Do not cut on the bottom where you have not sewn.
Now, turn the T Shirt slipcover inside out. Insert your pillow back inside and sew it closed with your sewing machine or by hand. This is when you really do need the matching thread so it does not show up so much.
Basically you are finished.
If you want to sew some embellishments onto the T Shirt pillowslip cover I recommend using another piece of a different colored T Shirt.
Cut out a square of fabric that is about three inches bigger in each direction than the shape you want.
Now, before you insert the pillow and sew the slipcover shut you want to lay your piece of accent fabric onto the front of the fabric. Use a piece of chalk to outline your shapes. Now, use the sewing machine to sew along the chalk line. You need to bunch the other side up so you do not sew through bow sides of the pillow cover. It will keep you from inserting your pillow if you do.
Now, take your scissors and trim off about ½ to 1-inch away form the line you sewed outlining the shape.
Remove any excess fabric then insert the pillow and sew it closed!