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Missing Penn State? Here are some fun and simple crafts to make to help bring Happy Valley into your home!

Penn State Pillow

Do you have any old Penn State T-shirts that you don’t wear anymore? Here’s a fun way to incorporate PSU pride into your room decor with only a T-shirt!

What You’ll Need:
  • Penn State T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • A pillow to cover
What You’ll Do:
  1. Find a pillow that you wouldn’t mind covering with the T-shirt.
  2. Lay the T-shirt out and cut out the graphic on the front.
    • Make sure to cut it larger than you actually need to fit around the pillow!
    • Cut out the back piece of the T-shirt so that you end up with two identically sized fabric pieces.
  3. Fold the two pieces together into quarters and cut a square out of the top corners.
  4. From here, you simply cut all the edges into strips.
  5. Insert the pillow between the two pieces of the T-shirt.
  6. Begin knotting the edge pieces around the pillow until you finish it off. Voilà! You have a brand new Penn State pillow!

Watch a similar tutorial here:

PSU Scrunchies

Still have some of those T-shirt scraps left over? Here’s a great way to put them to good use rather than let them to go to waste!

What You’ll Need:
  • The rest of the T-shirt from the above craft or blue and white fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Elastic
  • Safety pin
  • Needle and thread
What You’ll Do:
  1. Cut three 1/2 x 22-inch strips from the fabric.
  2. Fold it lengthwise. (Make sure it’s inside out!)
  3. Sew along the long edge.
  4. Flip the fabric “tube” you have made so that it is right-side out.
  5. Cut your elastic to 9 inches.
  6. Pin the safety pin to one end of the elastic. Using the safety pin to make it easier, thread the elastic through the tube.
  7. Once threaded, knot both ends of the elastic.
  8. Place the two ends of the fabric tube together and sew them up around the knot.
  9. You now have a homemade Penn State scrunchie!

Watch a similar tutorial here:

Penn State Phone or Laptop Case

Missing your friends from PSU, or even just missing seeing the Nittany Lion around? Here’s a great way to incorporate your memories into your everyday life.

What You’ll Need:
  • A plain phone or laptop case
  • Printed pictures of Penn State or Penn State logos
  • Mod Podge (Be sure it’s a kind that dries clear!)
  • Paintbrush
What You’ll Do:
  1. Print and cut out the picture(s) you would like to use for your case.
  2. Clean off the case with some soap and water. Let it dry.
  3. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the case with a paintbrush.
  4. Gently apply the image(s) onto the surface of the phone case. Let it dry overnight.
  5. After allowing it to dry, apply another layer of Mod Podge over the image(s) to seal them.
  6. If necessary, apply 1-2 more top coats of Mod Podge.
  7. Enjoy your new case!

Watch a similar tutorial here:


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