Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Placemat Pillow Tutorial


Placemat Pillow Tutorial While shopping at Target for a few accessories for my living room, I came across these SUPER cute placemats. I noticed that the placemats were fully lined, meaning they were two pieces of material sewn together with a nice finished edge. The first thing that came to mind was that they would make great {and cheap} pillows!
I bought two placemats. They were on sale for $3.75 each! I also picked up a 16 oz bag of Cluster Stuff {the white fluffy stuff used to fill pillows} for $4.50.
To get started, I checked around all four edges of the placemat and found the seam they used to turn the placemat. If you look carefully you should see that there is about a 2-3 inch place where the stitching is a little different.
Then I used my seam ripper to pull the thread and make a hole in the side of the placemat. Make sure that the hole is big enough to stick your hand in to make it easier to stuff.
Then I filled up my placemat turned pillow with the Cluster Stuff. One 16 oz. bag was just enough to stuff both of my placemats.
Then I used my sewing machine to stitch up the side of the new pillow. You could also easily do this with just a needle and thread.
I think they looks great on my new couch.
And they were a great deal too! I got two pillows for only $12.oo!




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55 comments:

lovingmylife said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Kelli said...

I love how you see the possibilities in things! Those are very nice Kelli. Great job!

Mommy to a lil lady[bug] said...

such a great idea, they look great!!

Nichol said...

Those are wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial, I'd have to use a needle and thread though lol. I have MIL sewing machine here and no clue how to thread it

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

I'm so doing this!!!

Jenn said...

You are amazing! I love this tutorial and I guarantee I am going to be doing this! I never use placemats, but I see so many beautiful ones!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a wonderful day!
Jenn
redberrybarn.blogspot.com

Chris said...

What an awesome idea! I wish I could see the potential of stuff the way you do!

Kmama said...

You amaze me. Seriously. What a fabulous idea!

Ehrenfelds said...

Thanks for this idea!!! I am totally going to put this to use when we move next month :)

{Kimber} said...

that's a great idea!! they look good on the couch! thanks for sharing! :)

the 30 girl said...

this is a great idea! i'm so going to do this. thanks so much for sharing!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

Look at you go! What a clever idea!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Um, Wow! This is a great idea!!!

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

That is a super great idea and very creative....makes me realize how UNCREATIVE I am!!! I am totally going to steal this idea!!! Love the Pillows!

ashley mcgehee said...

Ingenious. These are great!

HoosierHomemade said...

Love those pillows! I know yours are for the coach, but years ago I saw an idea to make bed pillowcases for your children for each holiday. You could use placemats for those too.
Thanks for sharing!
~Liz

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Gorgeous!! :)

Carrie said...

You are genius! I'm going to Target to look for placemats now instead of pillows! I never thought of that! And I think I might even be able to do that ;) GREAT idea..and they do look awesome, I love the pattern!

Darcie said...

I LOVE them Kelli...it seems I say that about everything you make...but seriously those are so classy. They look marvelous on your couch!

Alicia said...

See, that's what I mean!!!! I would NEVER have thought of that, ever!!!!!

Why can't you be my neighbor and think of cute stuff to make me? LOL

Foursons said...

You are so creative. I never would have looked at placemats and seen pillows.

Ann @ Momma's Soapbox said...

great idea! thanks for sharing!

He & Me + 3 said...

OMGosh how easy and cool looking. Girl you are a genius. Those turned out great and you got two pillows for less than 13.00. Awesome!

Angie S said...

I have been searching for pillows for my living room sofas! I can't seem to find any that I like. This might be my answer...you are so stinkin' creative :)

Myya said...

What a great idea! I would have NEVER have thought of that.

Megan said...

I have been seeing those around and wishing I could find cute placemats that match my decor, when I finally realized I have some already! I just need the filler and I think I might whip up a couple to go on my bed. I love the print on yours!

I passed a Sunshine award on to you today: http://meanwhileranchmt.blogspot.com/2010/04/i-won.html

Have a great day!

Jenglamgirl said...

LOVE this Kelli! loVE THE PATTERN and how you made it a fab. pillow. way to go!!! p.s. IF i HAVEN'T TOLD you this already... I love LOVE your boys names.. to cute. Have a good one, Jenn

Tracy said...

Those look great, I never would have thought to make pillows out of placemats. I really wish that I were more crafty. lol.

Bobbie said...

I LOVE that :) I hope you stop on over at check me out saturday and link up. My readers would love it www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

heidi said...

Very cute!!!

The Southern Door said...

You are genius!

That's A Stitch said...

Brilliant! what a great idea.

Allison said...

What a clever idea ... seems easy enough & the pillows look great!

Meredith said...

You wouldn't believe it - I picked up two of the exact same placemats at Target to make accent pillows for our master bedroom a couple weeks ago! You're quicker than I am though. Mine are currently still in the "to-do" pile :) Great job -yours look awesome!

Cindy said...

Stopped by from NFFRiday. These are so cool. I am going to be needing new pillows. We are building a new house and I bought new bedding for everyone. Can't wait to shop for placemats. Oh, and I am your newest follower. Please take a look around my blog and join if you would like. Have an awesome weekend!

kirstin & jordan said...

LOVE this... the placemat you chose is fabulous!
We have a friday fun finds party... we'd love it if you'd link to this! :)

Hopeful Homemaker said...

What a great idea! I really like it. I made some cute pillows using some scalloped placemats recently. I hope you'll take a peek at them!
http://hopefulhomemaker.com/wp/2010/02/06/placemat-to-pillow-diy/

Thanks for sharing this great tip! Cute blog!

Kalleen at Second Street said...

Kelli
What a great idea. They are very cute. I love the yellow.
p.s. I got my shrinky dinks at Michael's. With a coupon of course.

Victoria@Whimsy by Victoria said...

I love how these turned out! I found a couple years ago that double sided placemats were easy to turn into pillows and they cost so little compared to designer pillows with all the beading,or embroidery...such a great idea!!

Hugs,
Victoria

Holly said...

Great idea...placemats are so cute these days. r e you going to come up with a craft for the DIY Club next Friday?

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

I can't believe you didn't even have to sew two pieces together first! Great idea. I'm definitely going to make some of these.


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FrouFrouBritches said...

Aren't you smart? What a great idea! They turned out super cute! Love your blog!!

Lori said...

WOW!

I'm trying to follow but for some reason I can't will keep trying..ugg

Thanks for joining Get your Craft on Thursday. Please join me again for another great party.

Jaimie said...

Interesting. I made the exact same pillow with the exact same placemat from Target. http://yesmom8.blogspot.com/2010/04/diy-easy-pillows.html We must think alike!

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a fabulous looking pillow! I loev the pattern - looks very high end! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Jane@Little House of Projects said...

Hey! That's a great idea. I'll have to remember to swing past the place mats the next time I'm thinking about a new pillow - I never would have thought of that. And I always love such a quick project. Thanks for sharing.

Leslie said...

What a fabulous idea!

Jeannette said...

What a great idea! I'm gonna try this one for our new couch!

LuLu said...

Now that is a great idea...I love it!

~Lauri
http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com
l_meinhardt@yahoo.com

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

What a fun idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

Life in Rehab said...

Our thumbnails are almost next to each other in the pillow party, and we did the same thing, and both in April from Target placemats! Great minds...

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Great placemats! Great pillows~!

Kara said...

Love placemat pillows! Such a cute and cheap accessory that's so easy to make! Great job!

Fussy Monkey Business said...

I have made some placemat pillows as well, and they are one of the easiest crafts out there. Thanks for sharing!! Visiting from CSI

Momma McCall said...

Great pillows. I love the fabric you chose and the way you broke it down into a easy to follow tutorial!

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