It's that time of year again. The air feels cooler, there's an over abundance of pumpkin scented & flavored everything and if you are a Mom, you are probably in the process of purging your kids' closet of all of the Summer clothes that will no longer be usable. WAIT!!! Before you throw out all those old T Shirts, check out this fun, no sew, throw pillow "tutorial". You can get all fancy schmancy and sew it, if you want a more durable pillow, but I totally didn't and ours turned out fine... Thank you Mr. Glue Gun.
So, here's what I started with... a stack of Micah's old, size 3T shirts. He had soooo many more, but I was able to let them go and give them to a friend who can use them, but these, I was way too attached to and so, here I am, confessing my hoarding tendencies to a bunch of people, online, but I digress. On to the pillow-ing...
There are a few ways you can cut these shirts. You can get out your ruler and measure and nit pick about the dimensions, but to me, crafting is funnest (yes, "funnest" is a word, ask my 4 yr old), when you are having fun, not when you're being perfect, so I didn't measure a single thing. I eyeballed it all and they still turned out super cute and a little quirky, kinda like the little monster i made them for.
Here comes the fun part... Start by turning the shirt inside out. Just to keep it simple and save yourself a lot of extra work, I left part of the arm on the shirt where it is already sewn and used that as my guide for the sides, then make a mark at the top, just under the neckline and above any decorations on the shirt.
After you've cut the arms and neck off, now it's time to start gluing. There's really no way I can "instruct" you on how to do this part, you just do it. Starting with the neck or arm section, working your way down to the bottom hem, working in small sections and use a cool temp glue gun, if you have one. (your fingers will thank you) When you reach the bottom hem, glue about 3/4 of the way, then stop.
This is where you need to turn the shirt right side out.
Using the opening, fill with stuffing from an old pillow or some fiberfill, which you can get at any store, like Walmart or the Dollar Store, in their craft section. When you get the desired amount of filling, you need to seal the end up, with the glue gun, but on this end, you will need to turn the hem in, before gluing shut.
After the glue cools, you can smoosh the filling around, to get the exact shape and feel you want, but don't handle it too much until then. (don't ask me how I know)
There you go! A fun and FREE throw pillow, your little one can call his own.
10/3/2014 06:10:29 am
What a cute, fun thing to do with old clothes! I love how practical it is too, and the kids end up with some awesome throw pillows!!
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