A placemat pillow is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a pillow. I love finding fancy placemats and turning them into pillows. If I purchased embroidered fabric the pillows would be very expensive to make. I picked up a 4 pack of place mats on clearance for $5 and I even had a 20% off coupon bringing the cost down to one dollar a piece for the embroidered seahorses. I could have left them as rectangles but I wanted them as small accent pillows to go in front of my other pillows. The seahorse pillows will be my summer pillows.
Materials to make a placemat pillow:
- fabric for backing
- Polyfil Fiberfill for stuffing
- Scissors or rotary cutter, ruler and mat
- Sewing machine and coordinating thread
- Iron and ironing board
- Bamboo skewer or wooden spoon
Instructions to make a placemat pillow:
- Decide on the size and shape you want your pillow. I went with squares and trimmed the fronts of the placemats down to 11×11 squares.
- Cut a piece of fabric for the back to the same size as the front of the pillow.
- Place right sides of fabric together and pin around the pair leaving a small opening to add in the Polyfil.
- Sew around 3 of the four sides completely and then make sure you leave the opening on the 4th side for stuffing.
- Trim off any excess fabric and clip the corners at an angle. This will give you better corners when you turn the fabric right side out.
- Turn the pillow right side out. Iron the pillow front and back. I like to iron the opening where the stuffing is going so it has a crisp edge and is easier to sew closed.
- Stuff the pillow with the Polyfil. Use the skewers to push the filling into the corners.
- Pin the opening closed and use a whip stitches or a straight stitch to close the opening.
Sit back relax and enjoy your placemat pillow. No one will know it started out as a placemat unless you tell them what a genius you are.