DIY Placemat Pillows


I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what pillow formation I want to use on our bed in the master. I've been searching online for fabrics and even Etsy for pillow covers. I showed you a while ago the pillow cover I liked at West Elm but it sold out before I could get my hand on it.
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diy placemat pillows, crafts, how to, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
I bought three placemats from Target. Two of them I stuffed because they were double sided and they easily became pillows for the master. The third pillow wasn't double sided. It was only one layer so I couldn't just stuff it.
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The placemat was 14 x 19 and wasn't quite big enough for my 12 x 20 pillow insert. Using a seam ripper, I opened up all the seams to give me the biggest surface area possible.
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Since it was only one layer, I needed another fabric to become the back. I had some extra fabric leftover from an Ikea curtain that I could use. It was about 54 inches wide and each side was finished. This was perfect for an envelope closure. I didn't have any extra zippers laying around so that wasn't an option. I wanted to use what I had.
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Since my pillow insert was 12 x 20, I cut my fabric 13 x 20. I was going to go 21 in length so I would have a half inch seam allowance all around, but when I opened the seams, the corners weren't squared. For the white fabric, I just cut it in half width wise to get two even pieces and laid it on my placemat fabric so I could cut it to the same size. I overlapped the finished edges in the middle and trimmed the outsides so they matched the placemat fabric. Once the pieces were all matched up, I pinned the two together to keep them from moving. Make sure you are pinning right sides facing in.
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A quick run through the sewing machine to attach the pieces and I was all done. I flipped the pillow cover right side out and inserted my pillow form.
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The back has a nice, deep envelope closure.
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It looks great with the other two coordinating pillows I made.
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diy placemat pillows, crafts, how to, repurposing upcycling, reupholster
It's got a subtle chevron pattern to it and goes nicely with the medallion print of the other two pillows.
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3 questions
  • Pat C
    on Jun 19, 2016

    I love your pillows, which look very pretty. My question is about the wall art hanging over your bed that really caught my eye. Is this something you purchased?

  • Paula Erickson
    on Jul 26, 2016

    Where did the duvet/comforter come from ??? I LOVE IT !

  • Janie
    on May 17, 2018

    Great job - love every thing. Where did your other pillows come from?

    thank you!

    • Alo15935900
      on May 17, 2018

      She says that she bought three placemats, two which were stuffable and easy to do for the master bed. Those are the printed pillows you see on the bed.

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  • Anjum
    on Jun 11, 2018

    Weldone

  • Ktd33672213
    on Jun 25, 2018

    I love it!! I has also did this creation using holiday placemates to decorate for every season. They look great on the deck and porches as well❤️

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