Upcycled T-shirt Balloon Dog

I'm currently decluttering and working my way through my fabric and clothes to be upcycled stash.

Last week I opened a box of t-shirts I'd kept and made a simple t-shirt quilt for my girls. 
You can find more pictures and a tutorial to make your own t-shirt quilt here.

Although this was a great way to use up the front pictures and logos from all those t-shirts. There are still the t-shirt backs and scraps left over. Really so far I've used up less than half of the t-shirts from my stash in term of volume of fabric used and left over.

First I played around a little and made a mini t-shirt quilt, using the back of one of the t-shirts and smaller squares cut from the scraps of others.

Whilst this was nice and cute, and my younger daughter will happily claim it for her teddies, I'm not sure that making more of these is the answer to using up those last scraps.

Another thing I found on Pinterest and have been wanting to try making for a while is this t-shirt balloon dog.
The tutorial, from Little Inspiration is nice and clear and can be found here.

I cut two strips from the back of one of the left over t-shirts and sewed them together to make a tube long enough to try one.
 I used old stuffing from squished pillows that when pulled and tugged apart comes up nice and fluffy again for a second use!

The dog is made from stuffing and stitching your t-shirt tube in sections, twisting and stitching the sections together as you go, just as a balloon animal is twisted together!

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!

I know my daughters are going to love this little doggie! It was fun to make and has inspired me with more possibilities yet!

Do come back again to see what I do with the remaining t-shirt scraps...


  1. Aww Jill that is the cutest stuffed doggie you made. It reminds me of the balloon ones.
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  2. What a creative and humorous mind! Just plain quirky and cute!

  3. Haha...love this idea! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for crafts, recipes, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  4. This is such a creative idea Jill, love it :)
    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays,,

  5. How brilliant, I loved the quilt and I guess the mini quilt could also have been a cushion? The balloon dog is wonderful, I bet you could elaborate on this and make him some little accessories too, a jacket and lead perhaps? Easy for me to visualize but not to do, I bet you would find a clever way to so this.

    Thank you for linking up and sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

    1. Thanks so much Fiona! I agree - the balloon dog has lots of potential for further creativity!

  6. This really made me smile! The kids would love it #trash2treasure


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