Between painting my kitchen cabinets and remodeling an entire house to sell, I’ve had enough of big projects for a while. So today I thought I’d share a super fast and easy up-cycle. I was at Target the other day (not an uncommon occurrence) and found these fabulous placemats on clearance.
I looked at them for a minute, thinking “I don’t really use placemats.” But I was sure they needed to come home with me anyway. Once I got home, I realized they were the perfect size and pattern for adding a little much-needed color to my couch. Now I just had to figure out how to refashion them into pillows, which turned out to be much easier than I thought. Read on to see how…
- Double sided fabric placemat. Be sure the placemats are made from two pieces of fabric sewn together around the edges.
- A seam ripper.
- Fiber Fill. Each standard size placemat will take about 10 oz. of fill to make a full pillow.
- Needle and thread. The thread should be a coordinating color to the front and back of the placemat.
Placemat Pillow Instructions:
- Decide which way you want your pillow to be facing. (Some have directional designs or patterns.) Use the seam ripper to gently cut and pull several stitches out along one of the bottom edges of the placemat. You want to have an opening of about 3 inches. (You can do a larger opening to make the stuffing process easier, but then you’ll have to sew more at the end, and as a general rule I try to sew as little as possible.)
- Pull apart small chunks of the fiber fill and stuff them into the opening. As you’re stuffing, be sure to work the filling down into the far edges of the pillow. Keep stuffing until the pillow feels full and fluffy. You’ll want to use plenty of stuffing, so it will keep its shape over time. (My kids take the term “throw pillow” very literally, so I need my pillows to be well-stuffed.)
- Now simply sew up the opening, using a simple stitch. I know almost nothing about sewing, so I’m sure there’s a name for this stitch, but I just call it the in-and-out stitch. In one side and out the other. Make sure you overlap where the original stitching was, so that it doesn’t unravel over time. It doesn’t have to be perfect if your thread color coordinates well with your fabric.
Oh, and did I mention the total cost for both pillows was under $9.00?It’s hard to beat that price, even if you do have to put in a little work to get there. Now you can happily buy up all the clearance placemats you want, knowing they don’t have to live the rest of their lives in the dark recesses of your table linens drawer.