We are so close to completing Kendall’s bedroom, which would make 2 rooms completely done in 6 months since moving in. I predict we will finish the last room of the house just in time for me to want to start decorating all over again when trends change and robot butlers become a thing.

I am itching to show the room off in it’s entirety (hopefully next week!), but for now I thought I’d share a couple simple projects we did over the week to help jazz up the space. They’d make awesome weekend projects!

You know me. The name of the game is SIMPLE. So I promise both of these require minimal skills.

So Kendall is 7 now (OMG I KNOW), and he’s fully immersed in all those things 7 year olds love, like Minecraft and Harry Potter and Zelda, and did I say Minecraft?

If it were up to him, his whole room would look like a giant video game. So much nope to that.

I met him in the middle, though, and decided to add some video game decor that 1. didn’t cost much (like, so cheap) and 2. could easily be changed out.

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Tiny sneak peek of his room! The 3 pictures above his bed were once t-shirts that he’s since outgrown. (And yes, I know they are askew, but we were in a hurry to hang and I was yelling, “My light! It’s almost gone! Hurry!” to Scott, so I can’t blame him. #BloggerHusbandProblems)

We simply cut them up and stapled them to some inexpensive canvases.

Upcycle old t-shirts into room decor, including wall hangings AND a crazy easy video tutorial for a t-shirt pillow cover | BabyRabies.com
Upcycle old t-shirts into room decor, including wall hangings AND a crazy easy video tutorial for a t-shirt pillow cover | BabyRabies.com

So that literally cost me $7.

The Minecraft pillow on his bed was a little more, but only because I had to buy a Minecraft shirt for it ($9 at Target), and a pillow to go inside. ($12 at Hobby Lobby with a 50% off sale. Bonus for the pillow looking cool enough to not need a cover.)

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It was SUPER EASY to make this boys X-Large t-shirt into a cover for a 16×16 pillow. I even made a video tutorial!

Now, I’m not sure the video is entirely comprehensive, so here are some quick details and steps:

First, the size of pillow will affect what size shirt you need and vice versa. Also, you may want to show off a design on the back of your shirt. For these purposes, the “front” just refers to the side with the design you want showing on the front of the pillow.

I placed the inside-out shirt, design side up, over the pillow and smoothed it out, then cut from the bottom of the shirt up to the 2 bottom corners of the pillow. Do this through both sides of the t-shirt.

Be sure to measure over the top of your pillow to see how big you should cut the t-shirt. My 16×16 pillow, actually measured 17.5×17.5. I wound up cutting my sides to 17″ each, figuring I’d want the fabric to be stretched tight across the pillow.

I made a couple prototypes before this one. It really is best to mark down your measurements with a straight edge and pin your shirt together.

When you fold that top flap under, you want to be sure it stretches all the way across inside because you want to stitch it between the two sides of the shirt.

I also did 2 rows of stitching on the 3 sides, making sure to back stitch at the corners and at the ends, just to give it some extra stability.

So, just to be clear, you are stitching from the top of each slit you cut, up to where you measured the top should be, and across that. So 3 sides. You are only stitching 3 sides.

Then you just turn the shirt right side out, stuff the pillow inside, wrap the long flap around the bottom of the pillow and stuff it in the front, then flip that flap thing over.

Upcycle old t-shirts into room decor, including wall hangings AND a crazy easy video tutorial for a t-shirt pillow cover | BabyRabies.com

Once you have this process down, it really shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes if you’re using a machine. You could knock out lots of these! Go get you some fun vintage shirts from the thrift store and some ugly old throw pillows!

Let me know if you have any questions.

3 thoughts on “Turn Old T-Shirts Into Room Decor – Wall Hanging and T-Shirt Pillow DIYs”

  1. “Trim around the 3 mostly straight lines”… have you been watching me sew?!?!? Love this so much.

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