WordCamp Philly T-Shirt Turned Pillow


I attended my very first PhillyBurbs WordPress Meetup last week. It was a lot of fun! While I was there, Liam gave me a 2014 WordCamp Philly t-shirt. When he handed it to me, I jokingly said he should make a quilt with all of the t-shirts. Then I got ta thinkin’.

It’s not a quilt, but it is a pillow. And here’s how.

WordCamp Philly 2014 T-shirt Pillow

Yesterday I went to Ikea and in the back of my mind had the idea for making a pillow out of this t-shirt. It was a size XL so wasn’t sure I’d wear it but wanted to do something with it. While at Ikea, I saw some rather large throw pillow inserts and I’m glad I held out on buying one because while I was at AC Moore tonight (my other favorite store), I found the perfect pillow insert measuring 16″x12″.

Lay it out

To make sure I was cutting it to the right size, I got out my huge pad of sketch paper and cut a pattern from it, giving me a half inch seam allowance all the way around (17″x13″ for those keeping track).

Cut it out

I used my rotary cutter, but a pair of scissors would have worked just fine.


I sewed it around 3 of the sides, leaving one of the shorter sides open so I could put in the pillow insert.

Right side out she goes


After inserting the pillow, you’ll have to pin the open end so you can either get in there with a sewing machine or hand stitch that puppy shut. I used my sewing machine, but because jersey is a little hard to work with without a serger, my seam is a bit wavy.

WordCamp Philly 2014 T-shirt Pillow

That’s all, folks!

5 thoughts on “WordCamp Philly T-Shirt Turned Pillow”

  1. Awesome. I’m sending this link to my wife. She’s huge into repurposing clothing. This is the best idea for all those event t-shirts hanging in my closet.

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