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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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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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