The students love using them for reading workshop, and they're cheaper than the fancy store bought pillows. As a bonus, the shirts are easy to slip on/off and can be machine washed. I just run the shirts through the sewing machine in three places, add snaps, and stuff away. I used old bed pillows for the body and a little polyfill for the sleeves. If you don't have any old bed pillows, I purchased a few at Wal-Mart for $3 each. Can't beat that!
- Turn the t-shirt inside out.
- Sew each sleeve shut straight across the hem. Remember to back-stitch at both ends to reinforce the seam.
- Sew the bottom of the shirt closed along the hem. Again, remember to back-stitch.
- Turn the t-shirt right-side out again.
- Add three snaps along the collar to keep the pillow closed. The snaps are perfect because they keep the t-shirt in place during use, but also allow it to be removed for washing. I purchased no-sew snaps at Hobby Lobby and was able to attach them with a pair of my husband's pliers. I found similar ones on Amazon if you aren't sure what I'm talking about.
- Slide a fluffy bed pillow into the t-shirt.
- Use polyfill to stuff the sleeve area of the shirt. This makes the sleeves stand out nicely.
- Close your snaps. Tada!