How to Make a Hug Me Pillow Out of Half of a Man's Shirt

Things You'll Need

  • Man’s long-sleeved button up shirt
  • 1 garden or other cotton glove
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread colored to match the shirt
  • Batting or other material to stuff the pillow
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Straight pins
  • Tailor’s chalk

How comforting to snuggle up with that special someone, his arm around your shoulder, your head resting on his chest. No need to suffer insomnia if you have to spend the night away from the one you love. Just cuddle up to a hug me pillow made from one of your boyfriend’s shirts. Stuffed with batting to make it soft and inviting, a hug me shirt even has an arm to slip around you and hold you close. It’s second best to the real thing. Just make sure he doesn’t mind if you cut up his shirt.

Lay the shirt on a flat surface, such as a table or countertop. Lay it so that the front is closed, but not buttoned.

Open the side of the shirt that has the button holes on it, leaving the side with the buttons laying against the back of the shirt.

Mark a line down the middle of the inside of the back of the shirt with the tailor’s chalk using the edge of the front of the shirt as a guide. Use the tape measure to make the line half an inch over from the edge of the front of the shirt. This will create a 1/2-inch seam allowance for the back of the shirt.

Cut along the chalk line with the scissors.

Fold the seam allowance over 1/2 inch, using the tape measure and securing the seam in place with straight pins.

Sew the shirt closed along the front edge (sewing it to the folded edge on the back and removing the straight pins as you go) and along the collar, leaving the sleeve cuff and the bottom edge of the shirt open. You will be sewing on the outside of the garment.

Stuff the glove and the shirt with batting. Get the stuffing down in the sleeve and stuff a little extra in the shoulder area. Stuff the hand and the fingers of the glove generously without overstuffing.

Sew the bottom of the shirt closed on the sewing machine, still sewing on the outside of the shirt.

Slide the edge of the glove inside the cuff of the shirt, adding to or reducing the amount of stuffing inside the shirt sleeve if necessary. The glove should look like a hand protruding from the cuff of the sleeve. Pin the glove into place with the straight pins when you're satisfied with how it looks.

Sew the cuff of the sleeve closed, securing the glove into place as you do so and removing the straight pins as you go.


  • You don’t have to waste the other half of the shirt. Just sew some buttons on it (over the button holes) and put together another pillow. You’ll have a right hand and a left hand pillow, one to keep and one to give to a friend.

    It may be necessary to use a denim or other heavy-duty needle on your sewing machine when you make a hug me pillow, especially when you're sewing the cuff over the glove.


About the Author

Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.