DIY easiest pillow you'll ever make.

Monday, November 8, 2010

This was one of those ideas I saw in a magazine a while back and thought, "I have to try that."

You start with a placemat.

I bought this one from Target for $2.99. You just need to make sure that it's double sided (instead of just a piece of fabric that's hemmed all the way around).

Grab your seam ripper and pull out the hem on one side of your placemat. I chose the right side.

Once you've ripped out that seam, you will need to rip through the seam holding the two pieces together just inside.

I just ripped a few inches open - enough space to stuff with my filling.

Next, grab your polyfill (or even the filling from an old pillow you don't like anymore) and start stuffing.

When it's full enough, press the open end together and pin along the edge. You don't have to be quite as OCD about this step as I was. :)

Now sew a straight line near the very edge that matches the other hems and you've got a new pillow! A pillow that was, in its former life, a placemat.


Who would even know?!


  1. what a great, cheap idea!!! totally gonna copy! thanks! ;)

  2. Um that is incredible. Wish I could remember how to sew a straight line. Goodness gracious I need help.

  3. Love it! I'm with KS though...I hope I can sew a straight line!

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  5. who would have thought that's a placemat?! sooo cool!!!

    loved talking with you yesterday. miss you, friend.

  6. wow.... seriously?! this is too brilliant. yours turned out incredibly cute, whitney! i must try it! thank you, thank you!

  7. brilliant! i can't wait to try this :)

  8. I love being crafty but never make time to do it! Thank you for inspiring us all :)

  9. Yay! I did this for some Christmas gifts from some Anthropologie placemats, and I was looking EVERYwhere for the blog that I got the idea from. One of my readers commented that it could be from here. It was--- Thanks so much!!

  10. What a lovely idea!! I enjoy reading your blog so much and you have inspired me in decorating my home! I am new to blogging and just wrote a post that I linked your post to. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  11. I have this exact same pillow made the same way! How funny. I did this last spring. I never saw the idea anywhere, but I loved the placemat so much, I just had to make it into a pillow. Your blog is adorable!

  12. I wait for the after-holiday markdowns on cute placemats at Kohl's. They have to have a plain back that wasn't stitched all the way through though. I rip open one end and stuff them and use them for holiday gifts. So easy and so cheap.


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