Once upon a yard sale, I found this charming yellow placemat.
It was love at first sight.
The only problem? There was just one placemat. (Don’t you hate that?)
Still, I had to have it, and when I brought it home I tossed in my “PILLOW-MAKEOVER” pile which consists of:
- Shrunken sweaters
- Scraps of old quilts
- Decorative tea towels
- Ugly pillows
- Old pillow cases and sheets (I use these as liners)
This whole saving-piles-of-this-and-that may seem a bit chaotic, but it means an endless supply of cute pillows for free! Needless to say, the placemat became a placemat pillow. 🙂
HOW TO TRANSFORM A PLACE MAT INTO A PILLOW
Step #1: Choose a place mat that has two layers of fabric.
Step #2: Choose a pillow that will fit relatively snug inside the place mat.
Step #3: Sew a liner for your pillow.
This step is optional, but it really improves the finished look. In this case, the pillow I used was hot pink and black; colors that were very noticeable behind the yellow fabric of the place mat.
Making a pillow liner is a cinch, especially if you have an old pillow case (I prefer to use white ones).
- Turn your pillowcase inside out.
- Slide your pillow into the corner of the case.
- By doing this you will only have to worry about sewing two seams instead of four.
To create the other seams, pin the pillow case together along the longest side the pillow.
- -Remove the pillow from the pillowcase and, with a sewing machine, stitch up the seam you just pinned. Cut away excess fabric, leaving a half-inch border along the seam.
- Turn pillowcase right-side-out and place pillow back inside.
- Pin the second seam together and neatly stitch it up by hand. Cut away the excess fabric, leaving a half-inch border along the seam.
And ta-da! Pillow liner is done.
Step #4: Open up a side seam on your place mat.
Step #5: Work the pillow into the place mat and smooth out the fabric. (not shown)
Step #6: Neatly stitch the seam back up.
And there you have it, a charming placemat pillow that cost you a bit of loose change and a few spare minutes.
Aren’t you clever? 🙂
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