DIY No Sew Body Pillow from Flannel Pants

DIY No Sew Body Pillow from Flannel Pants

(5 minute read and 15 minute sewing project)

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We've got spirit, yes we do! We're fired up for the new year and all the organization that comes with it. 

Since I'm still in closet organization mode and am feeling decent about my progress, I took some time for a couple of easy sewing projects. I'm sharing my body pillow from flannel pants that makes a GREAT graduation gift as well!

Team Spirit Makeover: Flannel Pants into a Cozy Flannel Pillow in 10 Minutes

Here's a quick way to refresh flannel pants into a cozy flannel pillow in 10 minutes.

This is a perfect easy sewing project for kids learning to use a sewing machine and they'll love to see the transformation from clothing to cozy pillow.

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How to Turn A Pair of Flannel Pants into a Body Pillow

I used a pair of dad's old, hole-covered flannel pants, or 'cozy pants' as we lovingly call them around here, and whipped up a fan favorite for young master to use as a reading pillow around the house or on his bed.

I love the idea of taking a team spirit item and re-purposing it into something fun for the home. Flannel spirit pants aren't the only foundation for this project either.

Turn a sweatshirt, t-shirt or skirt into a pillow or cinch sack.

Turn socks into mittens, neck warmer or funky scarf after a heavy washing.

Or start with the flannel pants into a new flannel pillow to get your creative spirit fired up!


Here's what you need for your team spirit makeover

  • 1 pair of Mens size large (or larger. The medium size might be too small for the diameter or this 8"x30" pillow) old drawstring flannel pants featuring your favorite team
  • 8"x30" bolster pillow
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Here's how you'll create your team spirit makeover

Start by laying out your flannel pants and placing your pillow on top of one of the legs with one end of the pillow near the top drawstring.

This is your method to measure your pants to see if you need to sew up the inseam to make your pant leg smaller to accommodate the body pillow insert.

Assuming you will need to make your pant leg circumference smaller, start by cutting up the inseam of one leg (in this case I'm making sure that I'm using my VIKINGS printed leg as my pillow) that you will use for your pillow.

Cut up the inseam through the crotch seam, BUT not through the drawstring and waistband. You're going to cut beneath the waistband as you'll use this to cinch closed your pillow case so you can clean it if you like.

At this point you will have one open leg and a weird looking waistband configuration!

Measure the circumference of your pillow insert and then measure that same distance on your opened pant leg. Add 1" for seam allowance.

For example, if my pillow is 10" in circumference, I want 11" of fabric to sew up on my pant leg.

Now, turn the pant leg right sides together and begin by sewing the angle hem closed then up the inseam of the pant leg.

When you reach the base of your waistband that has been cut with a raw edge, sew that together too.

You'll stuff the excess waistband into the opening and cinch it closed for a clean look.

Turn your pants pillow case right side out and slide (or stuff!) your pillow inside.

Pull the drawstring tight and tie it closed with a double knotted bow.

Trim the drawstring with scissors if necessary and sew the ends clean or tie in a single knot to prevent fraying.


    Team Spirit Makeover: Flannel Pants into a Cozy Flannel Pillow in 10 Minutes

    Tags: Crafty


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