Do you ever see things and think, “I could make that!” I have those moments all of the time (unfortunately) but rarely do I ever actually make the thing that I am so convinced my crafty skills can concur. However, I am bound and determined to start creating the things that haunt my inner Martha Stewarts dreams.
First on the list: DIY Shirt Pillow.
I am sure you have noticed the trend of the Button Down Pillow. The look adds just enough detailing to your throw pillows and makes for ease of change in style (simply unbutton and slip a new cover on). I must admit , I adore buttons (and pockets), I’m not really sure why, I think I find them oddly comforting for some reason. That being said, when I saw this style of decor I had that “ah-ha” moment and knew I needed to let my inner Martha out to craft away. This was months ago…
Things you will need: XL Mens Shirt (washed & pressed), Pillow Form, Needles, Thread, Scissors, Pins, Buttons, A Marking Pencil, and Measuring Tape.
I tend to be a selective person (that is to say I am relatively picky), I like what I like and the rest can go to hell, totally kidding, to each their own, all things work for different people. For this project I really wanted either a good chunky knit or a linnen, I found neither, but lucked out with a great soft cotton in a heavy weave (brand new none the less!). One can’t be too picky when purchasing their fabrics from Goodwill after all.
Start by Measuring out your pillow to shirt ratio, making sure there is enough fabric in the shirt to cover your form size.
Using your Marking Pencil and measuring tape, mark out your guide line, being sure to leave a 1/4 to 1/2 inch on all sides for seaming.
With the shirt buttoned, cut along your markings. I allowed for some rinkel in the fabric because I didn’t want it to feel to stark, I like a more worn, comfortable ascetic. However, if you would like a more pristine look, iron your fabric smooth and cut the sides individually instead of all at once. I also chose to inclue the pocket, so the buttons sit higher on one side of the pillow.
Remove the current buttons if you aren’t happy with them and replace for a more unique, and personal touch (make sure the new buttons fit through the holes).
Once you have the buttons switched over, flip the fabric so that it is right side to right side (meaning the out side of the shirt is now facing in).
Pin the fabric together. Tip: Place your pillow form on top of your pinned fabric and wrap it up around the edges, the pins should come to the seams on the pillow.
Either by hand or with a machine, stitch around all four sides, you don’t need to leave a stuff patch because of the buttons down the front. Because this is a pillow there will be some pressure put on the seams, make sure to use a small enough stitching so that the threads don’t show when the fabric is stretched.
Before trimming the excess fabric make sure that your pillow fits. Flip the casing right side out and fit the pillow inside, if it fits well, remove and trim the excess.
Flip it back to the right side out and place your pillow form inside. Button up the front and viola! Instantly adorable throw pillow.
As Martha would say- “It’s a good thing.”