Old Shirt Upcycle

The guest room is coming together!  My thrift store/Craig's List mojo is in full swing for this one and the accessories are no exception.  I already DIY'd my chevron curtains and revamped a trashed chair, now time for a pillow and something for the walls.  For this post, I bought nothing.. can I get a woo hoo for free?!

I started with this shirt I got from The Limited forever ago.  I think I wore it twice.  Oh yeah, it looks good on the hanger (I already cut one sleeve off before the picture), and I love the lace... but those sleeves fell down constantly.  Ugh.  And, when they did stay up, I still had bra straps galore. So since I'm not a 13 year old girl that can get away with bra straps as an accessory (and I hate strapless bras... don't even go there... they don't work on me), and I like my sleeves to stay on my shoulders, I decided this shirt would be much more useful in non-shirt format. So I cut it up.

And turned it into this...

Cute pillow, eh? Since my side chair wasn't the cushiest, a little lumbar pillow is just perfect.  I stuffed it with an old crappy pillow that was on my bed in college (yep, I save old pillows in hopes of redoing them one day) and left the scalloped lace edge out on one side.  I think this took a total of 30 minutes to make, and like I said, was completely free!

After the pillow, I still had some shirt leftover (and some spray paint from when I redid the chair).  I rummaged through a closet and found an old black frame I planned on filling up with kid's pictures one day (never got around to that project). I sprayed it yellow and stapled the lace to the corners.  The prints inside are free postcard samples from a paper company I got at work.  Easy peasy and free!
And if you're wondering...  that mirror on the left is from a thrift/antique store I got on trip while visiting my sister last year.  The "j" is for "Jamey", my husband, and I think I got that at a Home Goods type store about 7 years ago.  It's moved around my house many times in its life. And the Eiffel Tower print is actually one I bought at the real Eiffel Tower when I got to go to Paris after college graduation many years ago. But seriously... a ripped out newspaper print would work just as well.  Use what you have! More guest room to come soon!


  1. The lace on the picture frame is GENIUS! And, the pillow is pretty cute, too. Good work- as always!

  2. I can't wait to see the completed room!

  3. LOVE your lace pillow! I would have never guessed it was once a shirt!

  4. Hi! I found your blog through your quilting tutorial and I so love your work!! That quilt has inspired me and I am on a mission to make my very own first quilt now!!
    I am now your new fan! (my quilt may take me a few YEARS given I have 6 children) haha.
    Saying hi from bloggitymoo.blogspot.com
    Crissy xx

    1. Thanks Crissy! I just finished my second quilt and it took me almost two years with two kids! haha Thanks for reading... let me know how the quilt goes :)