The best way to add some color and attitude to your room is with a fun pillow. We created this graphic tee pillow in just 15 minutes, and they are an easy project to reacreate for yourself.
How to Make a Graphic Tee Pillow in 15 Minutes
When we were in New York City for my daughters 10th birthday, we found an adorable shirt at H&M. It was so perfect because my other daughters name means “Star” (Etoile). Plus we are francophone, and finding anything in french is always challenging. She loved that shirt and I was so sad when she outgrew it. I kept it around, debating what to do with it because I just couldn’t toss it out. That’s when I thought of this project – a graphic tee pillow that literally takes 15 minutes to create.
Supplies Needed to Create a Graphic Tee Pillow
This is a pretty short list. You will need:
- a pillow
- a graphic tee
- fabric scissors
- a pencil (or something to mark your shirt with)
- a sewing machine
To start, place the pillow on top of your shirt, and lightly trace around the edges.
Cut the front panel out, the one with your design on it. Next, measure your front panel, and add 3-4 inches to the length. (4 inches is ideal, but if you only have 3 inches to work with on your fabric, it will also be fine.) This will be the length to cut out of the back of your shirt. My front was 12 inches tall, so I cut 15 inches off the back. The width will be the same as the front. Make sure to keep the bottom hem in your back piece. Take the back panel and cut it in half. Don’t worry, in case you’re a visual learner, I’ve included a diagram for you below!
The next step is to lay them properly for sewing. Place your front panel on the table or floor with the design facing up. Place the back panel piece with the hem on top of it, with the finished side down. Line the edge without an hem with the top of the front panel. Take the other back panel and place it on top, but line one of the edges up with the bottom of the front panel.
Pin the three layers together, and run a straight stitch around all four sides.
When completed, turn your pillow case right side out, and poke the corners out. It will look like the image above, with the hem on the outside flap. Slip the pillow into the “envelope”, and find the perfect spot for it on your bed.
Wasn’t that super quick?! Using the premade hem really helps speed things along, and using jersey saves you from stitching the inside flap because it doesn’t fray.
If you’re looking for more great pillow ideas for your room, you might want to check out these posts as well:
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