5-Minute T-Shirt Pillowcase

My boys have so many t-shirts….most that have seen better days.  One of the boys had a shirt I was particularly fond of {I love the silly thing!} and couldn’t part with no matter how hard I tried.  It had a tear underneath one of the arm pits that could not be patched but the rest of it was in pretty good shape.  I had the idea that it was about the size of a standard pillowcase and already had a finished seam at the bottom.  With nothing to lose I pulled out my serger  and got to work.  In less than 5 minutes I had a pillowcase.  

T-Shirt to Pillowcase Tutorial: 

1.  Turn your t-shirt inside out and smooth it flat.  Next, sew/serge a straight line from the bottom hem up past the sleeve to the shoulder seam.  Do this on both sides.  I ‘eyed’ mine up but you could certainly mark a straight line from the bottom up past the sleeve to the shoulder seam.   

2.  With the front neckline facing upward, stitch from one side seam to the other.  Again, you can mark a straight line from side to side but I just visualized my line.  

4.  Turn your shirt/pillowcase right side out and add your pillow.  That’s it!  A quick and easy way to recycle / repurpose a t-shirt.  

hugs, mb 

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  1. Such a great idea! The knit fabric would be soft and comfy too….thank you for sharing this! I’m pinning it on Pinterest. :)

  2. Debra Kapellakis says:

    Thank you for giving me a way to use the ones I just couldn’t toss or use as kitchen rags.

  3. This is such a clever way to reuse old t-shirts and I just adore this one.. sooo funny! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party! Can’t wait to see what you share next!
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  4. Great idea MB! And you amaze me with your crafty versatility… xoxoxo
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  5. So fun, I love it. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up. I love to see what you share on your blog.
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  6. Great idea! I came here by way of Too Cute Tuesday! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/bell-bottom-baby.html
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  7. Nice recycling idea! I have a grandson who loves his jersey sheets. He’d enjoy these pillowcases.
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  8. This looks like a super comfy pillow. It’s so fun too!:)
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  9. What a great idea!! Love the recycling! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday’s Temptation.
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  10. That is a cool and those Life Is Good shirts are really cute! Great idea! Thanks for linking up and shring this week at the Creative Inspirations Party at Embracing Chnage! Please come back again soon!!!
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  11. Mary Beth, I love this project! What a great way to give a second life to a favorite t-shirt! It would be a great way to decorate a dorm room or any child’s room. My daughter has one-of-those t-shirts that I can’t pry away. Perhaps she’ll let me immortalize it in a pillow!
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  12. Such a smart, fast way to recycle shirts! Found you over at Fingerprints on the Fridge! I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party – open all week!

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  13. Audra Curtis says:

    I found you through Jillee and I think I love you!!! (You know – in an I-want-to-be-your-best-friend kind of way.)

  14. So funny! Doing this!
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  15. This is an awesome idea. I wanted to buy something for my nephew as he goes off to college but I don’t have any extra cash. Now I can make him something that will remind him of home. Thank you so much!