Hey guys! Long time no see! Today I have a great tutorial that I actually meant to share like a year ago… oops. Anyways, all that matters is that I AM posting it, right. SO if you guys remember, last year I completely redid my room. In theory, it was supposed to only take the summer. We all know that didn’t happen (I’m actually still adding a few finishing touches). Even though this makeover has lasted way to long, I’m glad I waited because I now have a couple furniture pieces that I absolutely love that I wouldn’t of had if I would of quickly done the makeover last summer (does that sentence even make sense?).
Anyway, when I was redoing my room originally last summer I was on a tight budget. Although I am still trying to be pretty money-conscious I have decided that I’d rather spend a little extra on something I love that will last a long time than something I kind of like that is a really great deal. Even though I’m not being super “cheap” anymore, I still have a really hard time justifying spending like $20 on a single throw pillow that is for decorating purpose only. I would rather just spend that money on something else.
When I was redoing my room I was having a really hard time finding throw pillows I liked that weren’t expensive and went with the theme of my room. eventually I saw this adorable coral placemat at Target for around $5. I bought it to attempt to make it into a throw pillow, I figured if it didn’t work I only lost $5. In the end it worked out amazingly. Seriously, these pillows don’t even look like placemats. Seriously love… who could guess these are placemat pillows
I ended up grabbing this gray placemat a couple weeks ago to make another pillow (to replace one I had) and figured I could make a tutorial in how I make these super easy pillows.
Also, if you are not a seamstress, don’t worry. I’m not even close myself. All you need to know how to do is sew a line…. it doesn’t even have to be STRAIGHT!!
- Placemat (I got mine from Target). Make sure your place mat has two layers of fabric so you can easily separate them and use them for the front and back of the pillow.
- Thread and sewing machine
- Stich ripper
- *OPTIONAL: THIS STEP IS ONLY IF YOU WANT YOUR PILLOW TO BE SMALLER THAN YOUR PLACEMAT* Decide how large you want your pillow to be. For me I wanted it to be half the size of the original placemat so I folded in half.
- *OPTIONAL: THIS STEP IS ONLY IF YOU WANT YOUR PILLOW TO BE SMALLER THAN YOUR PLACEMAT* Place pins along where you want to cut, or if you have one of those fancy sewing markers you can use the too.
- *OPTIONAL: THIS STEP IS ONLY IF YOU WANT YOUR PILLOW TO BE SMALLER THAN YOUR PLACEMAT* Cut the placemat.
- Flip the placemat inside out and pin the cut edges right sides together. If you are not cutting the placemat in half, use a stitch ripper to take out some of the stitches. Make sure the hole is big enough to put stuffing in.
- Sew the edges together, make sure to leave a little gap so you can flip it right side out and stuff it.
- Stuff the pillow. Use pins to pin the hole closed
- Hand sew the hole closed and ENJOY!