How to make a pillow cover from an old dress shirt and a kitchen tea towel

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.

Decorating with pillows is such an easy way to add some style to your home without any major expense but I don’t have any extra storage space (none) so I try to use what I have in a variety of different ways, pillows being one of them.

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt. A few years ago I refreshed my bedroom for summer with a new duvet cover and pillow shams (you can see the post here) and I bought the pillow above because it went so well with the duvet.  As time went on, I decided to bring the pillow out to the living room and it sort of, kind of went with things but not so well.

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt. This year as I was getting my autumn decor out I saw this tea towel and thought it would be great as a pillow cover.  I draped it over the pillow and bam…the wording stretched across perfectly so it was a go!

How-To Make a Pillow from a Dress Shirt and Kitchen Towel

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt. I didn’t want to cut it up because I’ll probably use it as a tea towel again in the future and I didn’t want to take too much time to make something so I decided to use an old shirt as the back of the pillow cover.

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.

A dress shirt saves you so many steps.  There’s no need to finish any seams or to create an “envelope” (like this pillow) because you’ll just unbutton the shirt to put the pillow in and to take it out.

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Start by ironing your shirt and kitchen towel 😉 The shirt I used was in a bag to donate to the thrift store so it was in need of an ironing.  Measure your pillow and add one inch to the height and width and cut the dress shirt to those dimensions.  (1 inch wider and 1 inch taller than the pillow).  I used a sewing gauge and a disappearing ink pen to make my markings.

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.

Once I had everything marked, I cut. The grid pattern on the shirt made this very easy.  You’ll want to be sure to center the buttoned placket so that it falls in the mid-back area of the pillow.

nd then cut.  The grid pattern on the shirt made this very easy. 

Pin the back of the pillow to the front, right sides together, centering everything.

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.

Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the entire pillow.

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.

Cut the corners of the shirt portion of the pillow ONLYMinimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.

Unbutton the buttons and begin to turn the pillow cover inside out.

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.

Pull the tea towel to the back so that the front of your pillow is nice and smooth.

 

How to make a pillow from a tea towel and an upcycled man's dress shirt.

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.

And there you have it! Have you ever made a pillow from a towel or dress shirt? I have some of the shirt left and I’d love to hear any ideas you have for what to do with it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

 

How to make a pillow from a man's dress shirt and a kitchen towel

Minimal sewing is needed to make this pretty pillow cover from a kitchen tea towel and an old, upcycled, dress shirt.