Friday, January 25, 2013

Screen Tee Pillow Tutorial

With the baby coming in just a few weeks, I thought I might take advantage of sewing a few things I knew for sure I wanted for the new house.
For Caleb, the new house means a totally new room, that he gets to help decorate. I've given him the task of picking a fathead to go over his bed. You would think the world hangs in the balance of that decision for my overthinking-it 6 year old. He has been narrowing it down, and I'm pretty sure we're going to have an 6 foot Avenger, so I took my chances and decided to get started on some throw pillows that will be on his daybed.

I looked for comic book fabrics online and in stores, I couldn't find anything that wasn't completely cheesy. Then I got the brilliant idea to use Men's screen tee's to make a graphic pillow.
Walmart was the cheapest, though Target and Amazon also have them if you can't find what you're looking for at Walmart. I picked these both up $7.50/each.
I had a couple old pillows that came with my couches. We used them for a little bit, but I replaced them when we moved into our condo and the walls were this funky shade of "cinnamon" and I needed some pillows to try and match them.



Materials:
Screen Tee (I bought the largest sizes they had in stock. 3XL)
Pillows to cover or filling.
Sewing machine (if you're brave) or Serger (if you're spoiled)
Directions:
1. Measure your pillow. My pillows measured 20"x20".
2. Mark your measurements onto your screen tee, making the graphic as centered as possible. Make sure to include your seam allowance. I cut as close to the collar as I could.
3. Cut out your 2 pieces (for the front and back). It should look like this:
4. Because I was making 2 pillows, I used the first Tee as a pattern for the second tee.
5. Lay the shirt pieces with RIGHT sides facing each other.
Pin the sides and top shut.
6. Sew the 3 edges you just pinned.
7. I just love how serged jersey material looks:
8. Turn your pillowcases right side out, stuff with your pillow or stuffing, then pin your closure, and topstitch it shut.
9. Enjoy your cool new pillows! Caleb loved them.