DIY Designer Pillows Using Inexpensive Placemats

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Placemats are a great way to make seasonal or everyday pillows for less! Buy seasonal placemats on clearance after the holidays, and then make these adorable pillows in just minutes. The beauty of using placemats is your DIY pillows will be double-sided! You are going to LOVE my awesome, time-saving tip to ensure you get fluffy pillows with absolutely NO LUMPS!

Hi, I'm Cindy. I blog at DIY Beautify where my goal is to create a beautiful home on a budget...and to inspire you to do the same! This is a great project that will save you money and let you create beautiful pillows for less!

I found this adorable red truck placemat on clearance after the holidays. I also bought a coordinating red plaid place mat for the backside. Tapestry place mats like this are nice and thick and perfect for this easy DIY.


You'll need 2 place mats per pillow, a bag of polyfill stuffing, straight pins and a needle and coordinating heavy thread.

Pin and sew

Here's the beauty of using placemats for this project...the edges are already hemmed and nicely finished! Pin place mats together with the right sides out. Sew around 3 sides, leaving one of the smaller ends open. I used my sewing machine, but you could sew by hand or even use fabric glue for this step.

It's as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside!

Stuff the pillow

You are going to be blown away by this tip!

Leave the stuffing in the bag, and slice open one shorter end. Insert the entire bag of stuffing into the pillowcase (opened end first). Once the stuffing is in the pillowcase, simply slide the bag out! How cool is that? NO lumps!

Sew end closed

Finally, pin the open end and using 3 strands of DMC floss and a needle, sew a decorative blanket stitch to close the pillow.

Just as cute on the backside!

You are going to love making these easy, double-sided pillows! They make inexpensive gifts, and everyone loves them!

Happy crafting

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  • Marge Marge on Oct 05, 2020

    Can you machine wash the pillows?

  • Carol Johnson Carol Johnson on Oct 06, 2020

    Did you use a sewing machine or just sew with needle and thread all the way around the pillow. It is beautiful ❤️

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