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

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.

Emily B.

Saturday 21st of October 2017

This is such a great idea and I love the look! I'm pinning this one to try out soon. :)

Mary Beth

Monday 23rd of October 2017

Thanks so much, Emily!

Michelle Franscella

Friday 29th of September 2017

Hi Mary Beth! I just love how this turned out! The colors are perfect for Fall and I love that it buttons up! :)

I'd like to invite you to share this at the Farmhouse Friday link party. The party kicks off every Thursday evening at 6pm PST. When you link up, I will share it with a direct link back to your post on all my social media, including on the DIY Farmhouse Style Facebook group, which has over 244,000+ members. I hope to see you there! :)

Mary Beth

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

Thank you so much, Michelle! I just added your link party to my calendar. Thank you so much for the invite.

Becky

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

Now that is brilliant! You just rocked my world my friend. Can't wait to give it a try!

Mary Beth

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

Thank you so much, Becky! :) Have a great week.

Leanna

Monday 25th of September 2017

Great idea and simple to do. I find the graphics on tea towels often so much nicer than anything I can find on fabric. Love this.

Mary Beth

Monday 25th of September 2017

Thanks so much, Leanna, and I agree, plus, kitchen towels are easier to center and no cutting.

Diane | An Extraordinary Day

Monday 25th of September 2017

Now you are so clever!! I LOVE the idea of using a shirt for the back... how easy!!! And your pillow is so cute, too!

Mary Beth

Monday 25th of September 2017

Thank you sweet friend!