Shirt Pillowcase – Step By Step Guide

Here at Birch Creative, we love the idea of upcycling. Turning an old shirt into a pillowcase is a cheap alternative to home décor or a great gift idea that adds a personal touch. In my case, I wanted to give my family a keepsake that we could hold onto the memory of my beloved Grandfather. He was a businessman and so it was only fitting that I made something out of one of his shirts. It is a simple project that is great for beginners (like me!) because there is no need for inserting a zip or buttons. 

Here is what I did:

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Materials:

  • Shirt (I used an XXL)
  • Cushion Insert (I used 45cm x 45cm)
  • Tape Measure/Quilting Square
  • Marking Pins
  • Dressmaking Scissors
  • Thread
  • Point turner

Steps:

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  1. Cut along the top of the shirt to release the pleat that most shirts have on the back
  2. Lay freshly ironed shirt down making sure it is turned inside out. Have the front facing up so you can see the outline of the pocket if the shirt has one
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    Use the tape measure and quilting ruler as a guide to measure a 43cm square. To give the cushion a plump look, we recommend measuring a square that is 5cm less than the cushion insert and then add a 1.5cm seam allowance for each edge. This was my calculation: 45 – 5 + 3 = 43 NOTE: make sure the buttons run down the middle of the square and it looks best if the pocket isn’t too close to the top

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  1. Pin the square. I used the lines on the shirt as my guide but you can use a marking pen/chalk if you feel more comfortable
  2. Once pinned, cut the excess material off around the outside of the pins.
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    Sew the shirt using the pins as your outside border.
  4. Undo the buttons and turn the shirt right side out. Use the point turner to push the corners out.
  5. Insert cushion and do the buttons up
  6. Cushion is now complete :)
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Once you see how quick and easy these pillowcases are, you will want to make more. Check out our range of cushion inserts to make your very own shirt pillow.

Hope you enjoyed this step by step tutorial. 

Until next time,

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