These up-cycled holiday pillows are actually made from shirts! They make the perfect handmade gift for a friend or family member, can you imagine the possibilities? I love to repurpose things, especially a sentimental item, into a gift!  Everyone prefers a handmade gift!  You still have plenty of time to make something homemade!

This month we are sharing over 100 handmade gift tutorials. I have teamed up with Thirty Handmade Days and Your Homebased Mom to share the best homemade gift ideas.  We have over 100 tutorials so you will have the best homemade holiday ever! Each day be sure to visit the guest poster’s blog for a chance to win BIG! Up for grabs is a Cricut cutting machine, a Blendtec blender, a Baby Lock sewing machine and a $300 Michaels gift card! Grab a new entry every day! Visit today to OneKriegerChick enter to win the Baby Lock Sewing Machine.

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Up-cycled Holiday Pillows

Hello Skip to my Lou Readers!  I’m Ariean from OneKriegerChick  stopping by to share how I created fun holiday pillows from…dress shirts.  I love to re-purpose items and I may have a slight addiction to decorative pillows.  Creating pillowcases or pillow covers is an easy way to change out the look of your pillows whenever your heart desires.  Make a few for yourself or as gifts or both!

Make your own holiday pillows from thrift store dress shirts- easy sewing project! OneKriegerChick.comLet’s get started…

How to make Up-cycled Holiday Pillows


  • Button down dress shirts (I picked mine up at my local thrift store for $1.99 each)
  • pillow forms
  • scissors
  • sewing machine (thread, etc.)
  • embellishment (if desired): felt, heat transfer paper, iron, Cutting machine like a Cricut

Shirts for pillows- OneKriegerChick.comOkay…here we go.  I chose to create covers for the pillows I already have on my sofa.  No need to buy new pillow forms unless you are giving these as a gift.

How to make a pillowcase out of a dress shirt- OneKriegerChick.comI spread the shirt out flat and measured the existing pillow cover  onto the shirt.  Then, I cut the shirt the same size as the existing pillow cover. I pinned it into place and stitched each side.  If you are really lucky, the pillow will fit perfectly into the new pillowcase.  Can you even believe it was that easy?  No buttonholes to sew or zippers to install…

Pillowcase made from a dress shirt- OneKriegerChick.comUnfortunately, only one of my shirts created a perfectly fitted pillowcase.  I just took the side in a bit to make the pillowcase more snug.  Talk about quick pillow covers.

shirt- finished edge- OneKriegerChick.comI was really thrilled with them just like this…but I couldn’t stop there.  At least one deserved an embellishment, right…

Festive Pillows from dress shirts- inexpensive, easy, and sew fun! OneKriegerChick.comI ironed transfer paper (heat and bond) onto felt and cut out the word “JOY” using my Cricut Explore machine…

How to create an iron-on felt image- OneKriegerChick.comThen, I ironed it onto one of the pillowcases.  Transfer paper may vary, so follow the directions on the paper.

Create darling festive pillows from dress shirts- sew easy! OneKriegerChick.comThe details of the shirts are so fun and interesting…and all that had work was all done for me.

Loving the detail of this dress shirt turned into a pillow! I’m loving the festive touch they bring to my home…guess it’s time to start decorating!

 Make darling and inexpensive holiday pillows from dress shirts!

If you liked this this idea, you may also like some of my other holiday decor and gift ideas…

OneKriegerChick Holiday Ideas

{Playdough Mix in a Jar} // {Snowflake Wreath}  // {Stenciled tea towel}

Thanks so much to Cindy for having me today! Love to have you stop by OneKriegerChick and say “Hello!” sometime…There’s always something crafty going on.  Happy Holidays, Friends!

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