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Recycled TShirt Cushion

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Here's how to make a cushion out of an old TShirt. It's an easy first machine sewing project for kids and a fun way to recycle.



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Time: 45 minutes
Age: 5-10s, Over 10s
Level: Hard

Materials
Kids TShirt - preferably with an interesting pattern or embellishments on the front
Wadding
Needle and thread
Scissors
Pen
Sewing machine



Kids homemade cushion tutorial, turn Tshirt into cushion, recycled Tshirt cushion tutorial, kids first sewing projects cushion
I set my sewing machine up at a kids size table and chair so that my daughter could reach the pedal comfortably


Method
We started off with a small kids TShirt which had pretty butterflies and flowers embroidered onto the front. You could also use a plain TShirt and sew on other decorations later.



Kids homemade cushion tutorial, turn Tshirt into cushion, recycled Tshirt cushion tutorial, kids first sewing projects cushion


Turn the TShirt inside out and draw the shape of your cushion on with a pen.



Kids homemade cushion tutorial, turn Tshirt into cushion, recycled Tshirt cushion tutorial, kids first sewing projects cushion


Sew around the pen outline using the sewing machine.



Kids homemade cushion tutorial, turn Tshirt into cushion, recycled Tshirt cushion tutorial, kids first sewing projects cushion


Leave a section unsewn (at least 5 cm length).



Kids homemade cushion tutorial, turn Tshirt into cushion, recycled Tshirt cushion tutorial, kids first sewing projects cushion
It doesn't matter too much if the lines don't end up perfectly straight


Trim around the outside edge of the sewn lines, cutting the arms etc off the TShirt. Make sure you leave at least a centimetre border around the stitching.



Kids homemade cushion tutorial, turn Tshirt into cushion, recycled Tshirt cushion tutorial, kids first sewing projects cushion
Trim around the sewn edge


Now turn the right way round again, reversing the TShirt through the unsewn section hole.



Kids homemade cushion tutorial, turn Tshirt into cushion, recycled Tshirt cushion tutorial, kids first sewing projects cushion
Cushion cover turned the right way round again


Stuff the cushion with pieces of wadding through the unsewn hole. Keep going until your cushion feels nicely padded.



Kids homemade cushion tutorial, turn Tshirt into cushion, recycled Tshirt cushion tutorial, kids first sewing projects cushion
Get stuffing


Sew up the gap by hand using a needle and thread.

Your cushion is now ready to use and admire! Please share a photo of your creation by uploading a picture in the comments section.



Kids homemade cushion tutorial, turn Tshirt into cushion, recycled Tshirt cushion tutorial, kids first sewing projects cushion


Categories
#5 to 10s
#Over 10s
#Hard
#Recycled
#Cushion
#Sewing
#Fabric
#TShirt
#Clothing
#Textiles
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