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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The back has a nice, deep envelope closure.
It looks great with the other two coordinating pillows I made.
It's got a subtle chevron pattern to it and goes nicely with the medallion print of the other two pillows.

To see more: http://decoratingcents.blogspot.com/2015/04/another-placemat-pillow.html

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Apr 27, 2015

    They look so great in your master! I'd have never guessed they were originally Target placemats. Well done!

  • Julia McCabe
    Julia McCabe Herald, CA
    on Apr 27, 2015

    I love this!!!! I would have never thought of using placemats, but that is a great idea!!!!! :)

  • Maureen Dentremont
    Maureen Dentremont Dayton, OH
    on Apr 27, 2015

    very nice its been a while that I have seen nice on this site .

  • Norma Jean
    Norma Jean Cottontown, TN
    on Apr 27, 2015


  • Hera
    Hera Norwell, MA
    on Apr 27, 2015

    Awesome! I use napkins for pillows too. Especially for outside !

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