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No Sew Placemat Pillow

Last year I saw all these DIY bloggers making pillows out of placemats and I thought it was a genious idea. So right after last Christmas I scoped out Target and found this placemat for $1.98.placemat used for no sew placemat tutorial

I snapped it up and decided that I would be ahead of the game and make a pillow from it some time this summer so that when winter rolled around I could just pull it out and be ready to go.

Well, I made it on Saturday.  Yup, totally ahead of the game.  But the good news is that it is such a quick and easy project that it only took a few minutes.  Here’s how you can make one:

Step 1: Pick out a placemat that has two pieces of fabric sewn together so that you can put stuffing inside.

the seam that keeps the two pieces sewn togetherStep2: Use a seam ripper (or scissors or knife) to cut one of the stitches and pull out enough thread to open up a hole to stuff the pillow.

opening the seam to stuff itStep 3: Fill the inside with stuffing.  I stole some stuffing from a pillow from our old couch that we got rid of last year.  You could use polyfill if you don’t happen to hoard old pillows.

stuffing the pillowStep 4: Close up the opening.  I used my hot glue gun to glue the front and back fabrics together.  I also put a little dot on top of the threads to keep them from unraveling any more.  If you prefer you could stitch the opening closed.

the opening to closeAnd that’s it!  You’ve now got a new Christmas pillow for only a couple of dollars and a few minutes of time.

the pillow made with the diy placemat pillow tutorial

I love the snowflake detail on the pillow.

closeup of the no sew placemat pillow

This year after Christmas I highly recommend that you head out and find some clearanced placemats to turn into pillows.  It’s so much less expensive than buying Christmas pillows.  I know that’s what I’ll be doing!

No-sew placemat pillow

Sarah Hill

Monday 15th of February 2016

Forty-plus years ago I began making pillows from place mats. However, I have never found one that had two mats sewn together. I simply purchased two mats alike (or two that went together), stitched them up and stuffed them. My children loved them.


Monday 15th of February 2016

That's another great way of doing it!

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