Scissors & Synths

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Transform an oversize graphic tee into a pillow case

We recently cleaned out our closets for a garage sale, and found several shirts I bought Rob from a Bangkok trip. They were too big, but the prints were cute so I decided to try and sew them into something else. A throw pillow cover would be simple enough as my first sewing machine project!

So the message on the shirt is not entirely encouraging, but what the heck. If I ruin this one then I won’t feel so bad. 20130718-232112.jpg

What you need:

  1. Oversize tee
  2. Scissors
  3. Sewing machine
  4. Mom to teach you how to use sewing machine
  5. Pillow

Step 1: First measure the tee against the pillow you will stuff it with. You’re going to cut off the sleeves so that would determine the width of the fabric you’ll be working with. When you’re ready, cut off the sleeves and collar area.

Step 2: Reverse the fabric (to hide the seams inside) and pin the top area together (where the collar was). Sew together.

Step 3: Take the pillow and determine the length needed, take the back fabric of the shirt and cut the excess off. Fold the front fabric over the back. This overlap will be the opening where you can insert your pillow. This ensures that you don’t have to sew buttons or zippers on for closure. Sew both sides, and you’re done!

Here’s a quick sketch, but since we’re sewing, fabric should be inside out:


Here’s how it turned out:





Mid-way into the project, the sewing machine broke. I had to finish it by hand! But I’m pretty happy with it. Let’s see what Mom says…

– Jo


One comment on “Transform an oversize graphic tee into a pillow case

  1. Olive tripon
    July 19, 2013

    Galing! Sewing machine ok now!

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