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How to Make a Pillow From a T-Shirt and Placemat

How to Make a Pillow from a T-shirt and a Placemat

(Murphy is such a great model!)

She loves working at reFresh!

 Hey this is nothing new,

Yes, it’s been done before. Making pillow covers out these unusual items has been around forever, basically pillow covers can be made of anything. Here’s a couple bargain one’s that I made this week, while I had my sewing machine warmed up:

Place Mat from World Market at the bargain basement price of:

Place mats that are double sided are perfect, all you have to do is rip open one end and stuff your pillow in!

It’s a cheap easy way to shake things up and refresh your decor without breaking the bank.




Now for the T-Shirt:

When I saw these at Wal-Mart, I loved the graphics. But I’m kinda boring and usually just wear plain T-Shirts. I’ve seen T-shirt quilts and when I visited the site I saw they also do T-shirt pillows, they are a little expensive for me. So here’s my take on them:



I cut it into a square to fit my pillow:

I sewed it up on three side, stuck my old pillow in and hand stitched the bottom.

I am going to put it in the blue room at the lake.

You could really come up with some cool stuff with all the T-Shirts around, what do you think?  Two new looks for two old pillows for less than $5…I like that!

See you soon!

My pillows were featured!!! Go check it out:


  1. You are awesome…AGAIN…I just love your ideas!

  2. Hi Debbie! Just letting you know I’m featuring your pillow make-overs on Tuesday, with this week’s link-up party! Thanks for coming by all of the time, and sharing!! : )

  3. I love the pillows. They are both very attractive. The t shirt pillow is a great idea.

  4. Love your creative ideas and pillows! I like both of these. So glad you shared about using a t shirt. My kids have lots from tournaments and we have lots of shirts boxed up. I will definitely have to make some pillows!
    Thansk so much for sharing this – I saw it at Savvy Southern Style.

  5. that has to be one of the prettiest placemats I’ve ever seen! love the tshirt one too

  6. How clever! Both of those pillows look great.

  7. Thanks PJ! Have a great day!

  8. love your blog. love this post. new follower by the way. might have to copy cat dirty rat, you. but its a pure compliment, my friend.

    i’ll be back.

  9. Love Love Love the pillows, I have been eyeing my sewing machine .. working up courage to sit down and “GASP” turn it on …

  10. Hi Debbie,

    Great looking pillows!! Love the placemat one!
    I have some old camp t-shirts from my girls long a go days at camp. They would make awesome pillows for thier dorm rooms @ school this fall. So would their University Tees, come to think of it!
    Thank you, for the great inspiration!! You have started the ball rolling….

    All the Best,

  11. What great ideas – thanks for the inspiration. I don’t wear tee’s but my hubby does so I’m off to raid his wardrobe and see what I can find.

  12. Both are great and for less than 5 bucks, they’re fantastic.

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