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The Easiest Pillows Ever {Placemat Pillow Tutorial}

A few weeks ago I showed you my budget-friendly porch makeover with its bright and colorful pillows. The yellow pillows were from Kmart but the turquoise pillows I actually made out of placemats. It was my first time making placemat pillows, but with how easy they are to make you’ll be seeing a lot more during the holidays.

I remember seeing placemat pillows all over blogland last Summer and thinking I should make some. Well I finally got around to it and I’m in love with the simplicity of this project. What’s great about placemat pillows is that they’re fairly inexpensive to make. I bought my placemats for less than $3 each and the stuffing I already had on hand but you can find it at your local craft store.

To make your own you’ll need a seam ripper, placemats, stuffing, and a sewing machine or you could even hand stitch the seam close if you’d like.

Carefully open one seam and stuff the pillow. For this size of placemats I used half a package of stuffing for each one.

Insert pins and sew the seam close. If you need to, push the stuffing to the opposite side while you’re sewing then fluff the pillow when you’re done.

You can add flowers to embellish them or even a coordinating trim. I added fabric rosettes with a fabric button center. I’ve been on the lookout for the i-top button maker but can’t find it locally. But I did find this neat little device at Joann’s for a couple of bucks.

Fabric Rosettes Tutorial:

1. Iron interfacing to the back of your fabric.

2. Cut strips of fabric 1-2 inches wide depending on how big you want your flower to be.

3. Fold fabric strip accordion style and glue the ends together.

4. Press rosette down and hot glue the center together.

5. Add fabric button if desired.

I’m loving the porch makeover with its blue and yellow theme. I’ve received a lot of compliments from guests on how bright and cheery my porch looks.

Thanks for stopping by!Linking up to these parties, TCB, My Repurposed Life, Home Stories A2Z

Comments

  1. I love this idea! I have been thinking how to make some pillows without a sewing machine. The colours you chose are perfect.

  2. Love the pillows! What a great idea for easy pillows. I had never seen those before. Stopping by from Vintage Wanna Bee.

  3. Loving this simple tutorial! Super adorable pillows! I am stopping by via Blog Hop and following!

  4. Wow, that is easy. What kind of stuffing is best? I don’t want saggy flat pillows :)

  5. Seriously I have not seen these placemat pillows yet, so thank you for introducing me!!! Super cute:):)

  6. Love them! I LOVE placemat pillows…so easy and so fun!

  7. So cute! And how great they look on that black bench!

  8. I have never heard of placemat pillows until just now! Thanks for sharing this project. It does make a huge impact on your porch! Love your color choices.

  9. I must have missed these too – but this is a fantastic idea! I love the embellishment and how quick and easy they are. Great job! Stopping by from “Not Just a Housewife”.

  10. Great idea and these pillows look wonderful!
    I just love them

  11. Love this idea!

  12. These turned out sooo cute!!! Here from Home Stories A To Z and your latest follower :)

    Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

  13. What??!?!! I had no idea it was that easy! I’m definitely heading down to the store and picking up some place mats. Thank you so much!

  14. darling, darling blog! i LOVE this idea! found you via the chasing sunshine blog hop! xo

  15. How cute great idea thank u for sharing!

  16. Great, easy idea!

  17. These came out great! What a wonderful idea!

  18. I love the placemats. The colors, patterns, and cute covered button make this the cutest porch pillows I’ve ever seen ;)

    Visiting from Lil Luna and now a follower!

  19. What a clever idea. Just love your new pillows. Might have to steal your idea. ;-) It looks so (sew) easy.

  20. Hi, Crystal
    I love the pillows. Super easy and they are just beautiful. I found your lovely blog on Not just a housewife link party. I love looking around your lovely blog and I am a new follower. Love for you to stop by http://www.homesweetbutterfly.com.
    Have a great week.

    Vanessa

  21. Thank you so much! I love this idea!!

  22. What a fantastic idea!!!! I pinned this and will have to give it a try. It would work great too with seasonal placemats and it would be a great way to get some good seasonal pillows pretty cheap. I would love it if you would link your pillows up to my linky party at http://www.firehousecrafts.com/whats-hot-in-the-firehouse-linky-party-2/. Hope to see you there :)

  23. Oh my! These are so stinkin’ cute. The colors and patterns are to die for. I think even I could do this project :)

    I’d love it if you’d link up with me at Off the Hook!
    http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/05/off-hook-2.html

  24. These pillows are so clever!! I found you on Somewhat Simple! I would love it if you would link up and my linky party going on now!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

  25. J. Young says:

    Love these pillows! I can’t wait to try them out, thanks so much for the great post! ( p.s., i do follow your blog but found this post on Delightful Order’s “Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party” ! )

  26. What a wonderful idea! I may do this one day.

  27. I love how you simply ripped out the seam on one side. I’ve seen place mat pillows before, but they were always folded in half or backed with another material. Great job!

    We’d love for you to link up to our Finished Friday blog party.

  28. So bright and cheerful!! These came out great! I featured you today in my Friday I’m In Love favorites!

    http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2012/05/friday-im-in-love-with-outdoor-projects.html

    XOXO
    Jenn @ Social Salutations

  29. Sew easy and cute!!! I love making placemat pillows! ;) I love those colors too…

  30. These are so gorgeous! I think I may be able to even do them myself but I love the pattern of your placemats in particular, I wonder if I can get them here in the UK, I doubt it though.

  31. I am LOVING these colors! I agree – they totally make your porch bright and cheery! :) Have a great weekend! xo, Reannah

  32. Those are soooo pretty! I think I need to make some of these! :)
    Pinning this.

  33. That is genius I am going to have to be on the look out for cute placemats now : )

  34. Goregeous! You make it look so easy! I am not much of a sewer but I could definitely do this :)

  35. Great idea. Both pillows are so cute and great color choices!

  36. I love this project and I love your blog and I’m linking here, facebook, Pinterest and sharing on facebook too :D
    http://facebook.com/thefatbottomfarm

  37. Oh my! These are fabulous! You take great pictures of your work, too! Very fun!

    We would LOVE for you to stop over and link up this awesome idea in our Crafty Saturday Showcase. The Showcase runs Saturday through Thursday. Then our Designers will pick their top linked up picks and feature them on Friday! Stop over and join in the fun! We have a linky for crafty bloggers and ETSY/Business Bloggers!

    Have a great weekend,
    Susie
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/05/26/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-3/

  38. Love this…. where did you find these cute placemats?

  39. Wow- these are great and would fit perfectly with my planned color scheme for my living room makeover!

    Following you from Six Sisters and would love to have you come by and join up our Weekend Blog Walk at At Home Take 2. http://www.athometake2.blogspot.com.

    Jessica

  40. I have had a placemat sitting in my stash for years that I was going to turn into a bag… I think it may have just found a new lease of life! :) Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  41. love this soooo much!!! I’m hopping over to your sweet blog from the Six Sisters xo

  42. What a great idea!!

  43. I love the colors you used for the pillow! What an awesome and easy way to make pillows. I will definitely be trying this!

  44. so cute and easy! I love it!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/summer-ideas/

    Have a safe and fabulous holiday weekend!

  45. Love these! Definitely making some this week!! Can I ask where you got your cute placemats??

  46. Way way cute! I’m co-hosting The Cure for the Common Monday link party this week, so happy you linked up! These are just adorable and SO easy! Definitely pinning! And now following!

  47. That is excellent… I love the colours! I may have to scavenge my local dollarstore…. I could use some pillows for my patio and I think these would do the trick nicely :) Found you via Southern Institute’s linky! Cheers

  48. I love it! I’m going to find me some placemats next shopping trip!! I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

  49. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/05/show-your-stuff-25-butterfinger-cake.html

  50. Super cute pillows! I love the color combo. I am your newest follower from Under the Table and Dreaming!

  51. I can’t believe these are placemats! I hope you’ll link this up at my new link party:
    http://naptimedelights.blogspot.ca/2012/05/tuesdays-tidbits-2.html

    Thanks! Sarah
    {www.naptimedelights.blogspot.com}

  52. These are so pretty, love the colors!

  53. oooooh, I really like these!!! Super simple and SUPER cute!!

  54. LOVe this project! thanks for linking up to Make it Monday! I’ve shared on the Brassy Apple FB page and also pinned it! :)

  55. Groovy!!! I love a good repurpose, but even better when it is this easy!!
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

  56. I absolutely love these! I’ll be whipping some of these up in the near future!

  57. I love this! I am featuring it on my site!

  58. Clever! I really love it. That gives me some idea for my new home. Thank you!

    I’m a new follower from the creative me bloghop

    http://sparkleandco/blogspot.com

  59. Congrats! Your post was one of our Designer Top Picked Post from last weeks Saturday Showcase. We are featuring you on our Feature Friday post! We’ll share it on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, too! Have a great weekend and stop over to get your Feature Friday pin and link up something else on Saturday in the Saturday Showcase.

    Susie @Bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/06/01/feature-friday-bowdabra-top-showcase-picks/

  60. Absolutely darling!!! I’m featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

  61. I love these pillows. They are so cute and look so easy to make. Enjoy your week. Athena

  62. I.Love.This.Idea. How smart!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  63. Love it! I’ve been wanting to try these too.

  64. So adorable! Please share your projects at http://www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com each and every week and check out what other creative divas are up to.

  65. As a beginner sewist, this feels like a project even I could conquer! Pinning.

  66. This is so stinkin cute, I am loving your projects! Thanks for sharing!

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