How To Make a Cushion Cover From a Button-Up Shirt

How To Make a Cushion Cover From a Button-Up Shirt

Aug 2, 2011

Welcome to Jody Lee, who's trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!

My boyfriend's closet is like my own little fabric store. When I'm in the mood for playing with a needle and thread, I let him know, and he throws me a ripped pair of jeans, an old T-shirt or a worn sweater. Today I inherited a button-up shirt with a torn sleeve and a lone red sock...

The shirt was slightly wider than a square cushion (approx. 16") — perfect for a new cushion cover. I used the sock to make an appliqué. This is one of the easiest sewing projects I know (and I only know easy sewing projects!). I made mine entirely by hand and it still took me less than an hour. With a sewing machine, it would be a breeze.

To your sewing kits! Oh, and remember to ask before cutting up someone's shirt!

What You Need

Men's shirt
Fabric scrap for appliqué


1. Turn the buttoned-up shirt inside-out and lay it on a flat surface.

2. If you have a square cushion cover on hand, place it on the shirt. There should be at least 1" of fabric from the shirt showing all the way around the cushion cover. Place pins 1" away from the edge of the cushion cover. If you don't have a square cushion cover, use pins to mark a square that is about 2" wider than your cushion.

3. Cut the shirt into a square, making sure to cut both layers of fabric.

4. Sew around the square, leaving about 1/2"of fabric all around.

5. Unbutton your new cushion cover and turn inside-out.

6. If you want to make an appliqué, cut out the desired shape from scrap fabric and it stitch on.

7. Stuff with a cushion and button up.

8. Sit back and enjoy your cute new cushion!

Thanks, Jody Lee!

(Images: Jody Lee Potvin-Jones)

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