Turn Your Old T-Shirt Into a Pillow (No Sew Method)

t shirtI’ve got quite a few t-shirts that I bought last summer that have gotten a bit snug. Usually, I am able to give them to my 11 year old daughter to wear, but some are a bit too big for her to wear. There are some that I could send to a consignment shop, but the other ones I really like and want to keep. So what can I do with these t-shirt? Turn them into something new, but into what? Pillows! The best part is that you don’t have to sew. I don’t own a sewing machine and haven’t sewed anything since the 8th grade, so this craft would be perfect to those non sewers like me.

No Sewing T-shirt Pillows

What you need

  • Favorite old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • White fabric chalk
  • Stuffing (found at a craft store)



  1. Measure and outline a square or rectangle on the front of your t-shirt with the white fabric chalk. There should be a border about 2 1/2 – 3 inches.
  2. Draw a bigger square around the first one you drew and it should measure about 2 – 2 1/2 inches.
  3. Take your pair of scissors cut the outer square on your shirt. Make sure to keep the back of the t-shirt aligned with the front as you cut.
  4. Now you should cut tabs around your shirt that measure 1 inch wide. You will cut to the first line. The corners should be 2 inches from the side.
  5. After cutting the tabs, tie them together around your shirt, but leave about a half undone so that you are able to stuff the pillow.
  6. Begin to stuff the pillow until you want it soft or firm.
  7. Tie the rest of the tabs together after you have finished stuffing.
  8. Note: You can use a regular throw pillow (you can find at a craft store) and tie the shirt around that if you don’t want to use stuffing. Also remember, that the smaller your t-shirt is, the smaller your pillow will be. A large t-shirt would be big enough for a regular throw pillow.

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Would you turn your favorite t-shirt into a pillow?