Old T-shirts to New Cushions

That one t-shirt with that special message; t-shirts that we outgrow and yet do not want to let go. It is of no use to us but holds great sentimental value.

IMG_0543These are special items that matter to us so why let them lie in the closet, far away from our vision. Let us get them out and give them a whole new avtaar.

T-shirts transformed into cushions is one way of repurposing those special tees.

And what’s more? They hardly require much skill.

Let’s make it:

– Cut the front and back to the desired sized cushion
– Stitch the two panels together inside-out on three sides
– On the fourth side stitch near the corners but leave the center open
– Turn the right side out
– Through the opening on the fourth side fill the cushion
– Fill evenly taking care to accentuate the corners
– Close the opening by hand sewing


Ta da! Your cushion is ready.


A few handy hints:
– If the filling is synthetic fiber will only go with synthetic material.
– Cotton can be filled in all cotton t-shirts.
– If you have synthetic fiber and cotton t-shirts give a synthetic lining to the cushion and vice versa. I had to do this for both cushions featured here.
– Filling evenly is very important to get a well shaped cushion.

Doily – extra large

First and foremost, the link to this wonderful doily:


I am using a yarn known as PP yarn among local vendors. It is the abbreviated form of Polypropylene Yarn. The qualities of this yarn make it a perfect choice for the purpose of this rug. Check them out:

  • Being bacteria and micro-organism resistant, it is moth proof, rot proof and resistant to growth of mildew and mould.
  • It is environment-friendly as it is recyclable and incinerates to ashes.
  • Being highly flexible it maintains flexibility even at temperatures of -55 degree Celsius.
  • Stain resistant means it has a low water absorption property which makes it easy to repel any kind of water borne stains.
  • It is quick drying as it has a low water absorption property.
  • Colour retention means it does not fade away as the colour is woven into the strands.

And now for my progress on in –

Seven rows done. It’s late in the night I and need to get some sleep.


Eight rows and still counting.

Processed with MOLDIV

Ninth row almost done when I run out of yarn. Will have to get more yarn but the question is will I get the same colour. If not, I will have to try a mix and match.

Processed with MOLDIV

21st May 2017

I finally got time to go get yarn but my fears proved to be real. No, the same colour was not available in the desired amount. But that was good in a way as I got to do a mix of colours.

I decided to go with white and I am pretty happy with my decision.

In this update I have completed row 15 but I still have 19 more to go.



Need to keep myself motivated to the last row.

Here comes another update. 24 rows done and 10 more to go.


And finally, today, 10th July 2017, after 2 months the final row is done!

This ‘doily’ now has a 48 inch diameter and makes for an impressive rug!