I am so excited to share this DIY project with all of you! It’s not as simple as my last project but it’s definitely doable 🙂 All you really need is some simple sewing skills. Trust me, I am no seamstress whatsoever!
Anyways, I purchased these two placemats that were on sale for $1.00 from Target when Zach and I were engaged. After we got married they never really worked for our table as I only had two placemats and the table has 4 seats. I kept holding on to them because I thought they were pretty and I knew I could do some sort of project with them. Well, I finally found a use for them and I am absolutely in love! I hope you try this out as it can be an inexpensive way to have some cute throw pillows!
First off, you need your placemats! They obviously need to be fabric placemats haha. Now my placemats had one piece of fabric on the front and was sewn to a different piece on the back. This type of placemat is perfect for this project, but I am sure if yours is just one piece (I hope this is making sense) you could purchase your own fabric to sew to the back of the mat/soon to be pillow.
Next, you will need a basic pillow form. I found this one at Walmart for $5.00. The brand is Crafter’s Choice and you will need the 12 x 16 Rectangle.
You will also need low loft quilters polyester batting. You need this for the pillow insert to help fill the placemat (a standard placemat size is 12 x 18 which is bigger than our pillow).
You need basic thread the same color as the back of your placemat.
Lastly, a needle!
P.S. you will also need scissors 🙂
Flip your placemat over and cut the back piece of fabric right beside the seam. Be careful and make sure you are only cutting the back piece of fabric and not the front as well.
This is what it should look like once its cut. It should just be a slit in the back piece of the fabric.
Lay your batting out on the floor or whatever surface you are working on.
Then place your pillow on the edge of the batting leaving around 2-3 inches of extra on one side (as pictured)
Roll the pillow in the batting about 2 times
It should look like this when it’s done!
Cut the extra batting leaving 2-3 inches like you did on the other side
Insert the pillow into the slit you made in your placemat. Be careful you don’t rip the fabric while doing this!
Sew the opening! I just used a simple stitch…nothing fancy. Just make sure your stitches are close together!
I am so happy with how they turned out and I hope you are inspired to try it out for yourself!
It’s almost the weekend! YAY! I hope you have a wonderful evening.