How to Sew a Lumberjack Pillow from a Flannel Shirt
Here’s a recycled-garment pillow project that we call the Lumberjack Pillow. It’s a great beginner sewing project.
- 1 man’s or woman’s shirt, any size
- 13″ x 10″ square of contrasting fabric to fill neckline area
- Color coordinated thread
- 16” Pillow form
- Double sided basting tape
- 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge
- Chaco Marking Pen
- Working from the wrong side, button the lowest three to four buttons. Secure placket lower edge with double sided basting tape.
- Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply tape.
- Edgestitch the lower center front placket.
Our plaid flannel shirt had a back pleat. To avoid puckering, we topstitched the entire back pleat closed.
- Center pillow form inside shirt. (Notice the shirt is still wrong side out.)
- Button the shirt completely.
- Pin shirt parallel to the pillow form edges along the right, left, and bottom edges.
- Pin through the sleeve, closing the armhole area.
- Use a straight stitch and 1″ seam allowance to sew right, left, and bottom edges.
- Try the shirt on the pillow form.
- Cut a 13” x 10” square of contrasting fabric to fill neckline area. Press under ½” along the 13” sides.
If the flannel shirt size is XL, it may be necessary to use a larger rectangle of fabric to cover the opening in the shirt.
- Pin the midpoint of one 13” side to the center back of the neckline seam where the collar is attached to the shirt.
- Continue to pin approximately 3” from each side of the center back.
- Edgestitch the rectangle to the shirt where pinned along the collar or neckband seam line.
- Trim excess seam allowance from pillow sides and lower edge.
- Fold the seam allowance to create a “wrapped corner” at the lowered edges. Stitch in place.
Team Nancy Zieman
Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.