T-shirt Projects

T-shirt Beanbag Chair from CRAFT

You have T-shirts transformed into throw pillows, T-shirts into rugs, T-shirts into a quilt for the bed, a tablecloth and napkins for the table–you’ve got every item to furnish a room except for a chair! (And maybe the dresser, but that’s for a future challenge.)

Thanks to Becky Stern at Craft (right, photo by Nathan Rosenquist) and Tiffany Threadgould of RePlayground (with inspiration from Instructables user Seamster) you need look no further! Gather up the materials and follow the video tutorial below with Becky and Tiffany to learn how to make it!

Materials and tools:

  • old T-shirts (about 12-18)
  • scissors
  • pattern paper
  • ruler
  • protractor
  • pencil/pen
  • marking chalk
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • utility knife or serrated bread knife
  • cutting mat
  • upholstery foam (scrapped from trash furniture, an old mattress, or leftover from another project)
  • straight pins
  • hand sewing needle

Pillow Chair from Old T-Shirts – CRAFT Video from make magazine on Vimeo.

Let us know how it goes! AND, for a smaller pet version, gather up 4 large T-shirts and check out project #68 “T-shirt’s Pet” in Generation T: Beyond Fashion to make this lovely cushion for your furry best friend:

Photo courtesy Workman Publishing Co.

[ Posted on May 11th, 2010 ]


  1. Hey Megan – thanks for the upcycled shout out!

  2. Emily says:

    Hey Megan, I bet you *could* make a dresser (of sorts) from T-shirts–you could use T-shirt fabric to make a set of hanging storage shelves.

  3. megan says:

    Emily — I like the way you think! :)

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