Have you ever regretted using an old t-shirt as a rag or a painting shirt? Maybe the shirt was a souvenir from a special trip, and you wish you had a way to use it constructively.
What can you do with the shirt to preserve it, to extend the life, or to save the memory of a trip?
How about a pillow?
You can use the zipper opening as your pillow form opening. No hand-sewing on your pillow…perfect!
Ha! See how I’d cut off the lower half of my shirt to use for cleaning cloths?
Before cutting around the shirt emblem, you first need to prepare the jeans for the reverse side.
HH’s old farm jeans were perfect for this project. Cut the front section away from the back side by trimming along both side seams and across the jeans just above the inner seam.
Stitch over the pocket seams to close them.
Flip jeans over and cut away the pockets beneath the seam you just stitched.
Now to get rid of the extra from the crotch area, lay the jeans flat and fold the seam flat to one side. Pin the flap down and top-stitch over existing threads.
Place over a grid of some sort and square the jean front as much as possible.
The waistband will be angled (into a “u” shape) from wearing them (for years!), so you can’t make that edge straight. I have a solution you’ll see later.
Now place the squared-off jeans over the t-shirt emblem and cut to size. Allow an extra inch across the top at the jeans waste band. With right sides together, stitch the two sides and across the bottom.
Serge or zig-zag around the raw edges. (T-shirt fabric doesn’t ravel, but jeans fabric will ravel.)
Invert pillow to right sides out and press. For the waste band, remember we still need to stitch that.
Bring that extra inch of t-shirt over the waste band edge and stitch as carefully as possible along the very top edge of the band.
I know…it’s thick in spots, especially the snap area, but take it slow when needed.
Open zipper and stuff your new pillow!
An airplane pillow works well, or any small pillow. You could easily make your own pillow form.
The idea here is to make the jeans appear that the shirt is tucked inside but hanging over the waste band a little. Like when you raise your arms and your shirt come out of the waste band slightly, then falls over the edge when you lower your arms.
Now, for the front side.
By the way, does this pillow look familiar to you? You saw it in yesterday’s Lined Drapery Panel Tutorial. 😉
Does this give you an idea for giving an old t-shirt a new purpose? Does it bring warm, comfortable memories of old t-shirts to mind?