Pillow Chair from T-Shirts and Foam

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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By Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

47 Articles


I’ve had a stack of t-shirts and a closet full of upholstery foam just waiting for a large-scale project like this to come along. Tiffany Threadgould and I show you how to make a comfy beanbag-style pillow chair from old t-shirts in this week’s CRAFT Video!

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Materials and tools:

  • old t-shirts (approx. 12-18)
  • upholstery foam (scrapped from trash furniture, an old mattress, or leftover from another project)
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • scissors
  • hand sewing needle
  • pins
  • utility knife or serrated bread knife
  • cutting mat
  • pattern paper
  • ruler
  • protractor
  • pencil/pen
  • marking chalk

Special thanks to Instructables user Seamster for the pattern inspiration! Photo above by Nathan Rosenquist.

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