Make Dorm Decor from your Graduation Gown

Congratulations on your graduation, you did it! Graduation day is a momentous one but once it’s gone what do you do with your cap and gown? Well, instead of putting it in a shadowbox, let’s recycle the gown into something useful and comfy! Try this quick and easy home decor project.  It’s a great way to remember your achievements and get cozy at home!  Let’s make it.

Supplies:

  • Graduation gown
  • University or College T-shirt or accent fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Fairfield World Pillow Form
  • Tassle from the Graduation Cap (optional)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins

Graduation gown Pillow

Make it:

Using a rotary cutter and straight edge cut the front of the top of your gown into a square the same size as the pillow form. You can also just cut the straight edges with scissors.  If you’re using a 16 inch pillow form cut the top of your gown into a 16 inch square, if your pillow for is 20 inches cut the top of the gown into a 20 inch square. You get the idea!

Cutting the graduation gown

Next, cut the same size square using the logo side of your University, College of High school T-shirt. If you don’t want to cut into a shirt you can always use a complimentary accent fabric.

Cutting the accent fabric or t-shirt for the back of the pillow

Use a piece of fabric from the gown remnants to fill in the v-neck section of the gown. Sew it in place along the V-neck line.

Adding gown fabric to the V-neck

Open the zipper of the gown just a little bit and with right sides of the gown and t-shirt fabric facing each other,  sew the square all the way around. Clip the corners to remove the bulk.

Sewing the sides together

Clip the corners to remove the bulk.

Clip the corners

Turn the new pillow cover right side out pulling it thru the zipper opening.

Turn pillow cover right side out

Insert your pillow into the gown cover and zip it up!

Existing zipper is the opening to insert the pillow form

Insert pillow form

Bonus tip, add the cap tassel as a cool pull to the zipper! Job well done!! This is great way to upcraft your graduation gown and turn it into memorable home decor!

Use cap tassel as zipper pull

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