Shirt DIY

It’s time for the last in the series of DIY tutorial by our April #StyleAtMine challenge hosts, and you can trust our lovely founding member Hege Morris to spot a DIY opportunity where you’d least expect it!  Over to you Hege!

Hi! I’m Hege from the blog Hege in France. I’m really excited to share an easy DIY with you. I’m going to show you how to make a cushion from a shirt! It’s pretty much the easiest sewing project I can think of. I recently saw this trendy shirt in a shop and instantly thought – cushion! As you do! I’m going to show you a tutorial on how to quickly turn a shirt into a cushion. Let’s start!

What you need;

  • a shirt
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • pins
  • dressmaking chalk
  • a sewing machine (or alternatively you could stitch it by hand)


Step 1

Decide on the size of cushion you would like to make. I’ve chosen 40x40cm / 16×16″.

Step 2

Turn the shirt inside out. To make it really easy, you can put the shirt buttons in the middle. The buttons will act as the opening. If you prefer you can of course have the buttons towards the top, but then you have to cut the shirt layers separately. Here I’ve chosen to leave the buttons in the middle.

Step 3

As we have two layers of fabric, I would recommend to use some pins to hold the layers together. You then measure the shirt and make 4 lines with dressmaking chalk.


Step 4

Cut the fabric neatly and pin it together all the way around.


Step 5

It’s now time to sew. You can sew all 4 sides. This might feel quite strange, but as we have the button opening already, we can close it all up.


Step 6

Cut off a little bit of each corner to make the cushion look nicer. Then open a few buttons and turn it outside-in. I’ve used a feather inner cushion as I think they look much nicer.


That’s it! You’ve made a cushion! It’s that simple!


Thanks for having me! x

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