How-to Make a Pillowcase From a T-Shirt

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 armpits 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.  If you don’t have a serger no worries, just use a good old straight stitch. 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.

3.  Cut off the neckline and collar ABOVE the stitching.

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.

Now I’m looking through the boys’ drawers searching for more t-shirts – if I’m lucky I may find enough old t-shirts to make a quilt!

Recycle a favorite t-shirt into a pillowcase in 5 minutes - get the tutorial at cupcakesandcrinoline.com Recycle, upcycle and getting your sewing craft on with this useful craft.

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Here’s another t-shirt upcycle you may like – a t-shirt tote bag.  These would be great for sleepovers, lunch bags or to carry groceries home from the store.  There are so many possibilities!

T-shirt-tote-bag-for-kids at cupcakesandcrinoline.com being-modeled

Get the directions here – T-Shirt Tote Bag for Kids

Recycle a favorite t-shirt into a pillowcase in 5 minutes - get the tutorial at cupcakesandcrinoline.com Recycle, upcycle and getting your sewing craft on with this useful craft.