Memory Pillow: How Do You Creatively Make One?

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Memory Pillow

In a wasteful world, it’s nice to be able to repurpose a comfortable old, shirt into a memory pillow. It’s a great way to preserve old memories into something useful. We fully recommend this simple DIY project to anyone wanting to furnish their bedrooms or living rooms with something worthwile. Learn the complete, step-by-step process here.

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Do you have any old shirts simply lying around and collecting dust in your cabinet? Are you thinking about repurposing it for something different, but you’re not sure how and into what? Well, you have come to the right place. 

For the entirety of this article, we will be showing you how you can transform an old men’s t-shirt into a comfortable memory pillow so that you and others can benefit from having an extra pillow to sleep and cuddle with at your home.

With our guide, we will show you what kind of supplies you need to have, the quantity of each item you need, and, the detailed step by step process of making a shirt into a pillow. Create something new with something old with our in-depth guide into sewing an old flannel or button-up shirt to make it into a memory pillow.

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Supplies List

Of course from what we’ve known, when doing an arts and crafts project, we must know what kind of materials we need and their quantity. But don’t worry, most of these items are basically found in your home, so you won’t have to spend too much money.

Materials Needed

Supplies Needed

Measurements Needed

When it comes to sewing, precision is key to making the best-looking pillow. Measure the dimensions of the shirt and follow our chart below to see how to accurately make cuts on it, all of which are in inches.

Pillow Form Front Side (one cut) Back Side (two cuts)
14 x 14
14 x 14
14 x 10
15 x 15
15 x 15
15 x 10.5
16 x 16
16 x 16
16 x 11
17 x 17
17 x 17
17 x 11.5
18 x 18
18 x 18
18 x 12
20 x 20
20 x 20
20 x 13
24 x 24
24 x 24
24 x 15.5


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STEP NO. 1 – Cutting of the Shirt

The first step is always crucial. However, if you pay attention to our guide, you’ll be done in no time.

What you’ll need:


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STEP NO. 2 – Using the Fusible Interfacing

First off, what is a Fusible Interfacing? A Fusible Interfacing is an extra layer of material that can help give your garment shape and support. It is attached to the fabric by using a combination of heat, steam, and pressure. That may seem complex, but don’t worry, we will show you how to do that below.

What you’ll need:


Small piece of information: Using a fusible interfacing is totally up to you. It is not needed to create the refurbished memory foam pillow that we’re making. It does, however, provide a sturdier grip and feel to the pillow itself. But, again, this section is dependent on your preferences.

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STEP NO. 3 – Adding the Embroidered Patch to Give the Pillow More Personality

Again, this section entirely depends on you. You may opt to put a custom embroidered patch and you may not. However, if you’re planning to give this pillow to someone, adding that custom-made embroidered patch gives it a more personal, homey vibe that will definitely make that person’s day.

What you’ll need:


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STEP NO. 4 – Sewing the Two Shirt Pieces Together

Are you excited? We’re nearly there. Only a few more steps to go until you have yourself a new pillow. Hang in there.

What you’ll need:


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STEP NO. 5 – Time to Make into A Legitimate Pillow

Now’s the fun and easy part. You’re now finished with MOST of the hard part, congratulations! You can pat yourself on the back. But we’re not done yet. So, let’s grab the stuffing and make this pillowcase into a pillow. Note: you can use any kind of stuffing that you want. It’s really up to you.

What you’ll need:


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STEP NO. 6 – The Last of the Sewing Process

This step is a little time-consuming as you need to be precise so that your pillow will be extra durable. Although this is the last step, and we will guide you with every stitch. Only a few more sewing and you or someone else will have a new pillow to cuddle at home.

What you’ll need:


Now you are officially done and have an additional pillow to use whenever you take a snooze. Enjoy having the benefit of the steps you learned today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Basically, when making a memory pillow, all you need is a large piece of fabric, sewing kit, sewing machine, and some scissors. However, the making of the pillow is the hard part. Fortunately, our guide above will show you all the steps you need to create your very own memory pillow that’s more personal and, not to mention, affordable.


We are all currently living in a wasteful world. Plastics are dominating the industries. That is why global warming comes at no surprise at all. However, we can still help the environment in our own little way, and recycling is one of the major ways to do exactly that.

When we recycle old things, we won’t need to put them in the waste bucket and say goodbye. Rather, we can repurpose them, not only to help the environment but also to save you a few dollars in the process. It’s a win-win situation, protecting the environment and your bank account all at once.

This is what our article today is meant to inspire. Use your old shirts again, but for another purpose. You can turn them into rags, washcloths, or in our case, a pillow. All you need is a bit of imagination and, of course, patience.

Overall, recycling should be taken more seriously. This is the only planet that we can live in. Who knows what could happen when we keep on destroying our natural resources? We hope that our article today inspires you to reuse some old clothes or any old items that you find just lying around your home. Let’s all create a healthier environment, not just in our homes, but also on our planet as well.

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