The Easiest DIY Pillow

Thursday, September 29, 2016

You know how sometimes you see blog posts or ideas on Pinterest that make it seem like the craft/DIY project is so easy? And then you try it, and it's so difficult or needs $100 worth of supplies and in the end it still looks a hot mess. Well, good news. I tried a making a pillow out of placemat and it was the easiest thing ever.

We've been working on getting the computer room organized and not looking like such a disaster zone (update on the room soon), and I wanted some new pillows for the loveseat. Since Loren uses the room the most, I've been trying to make it a room that's his taste. His taste is inexpensive. :) I saw these placemats on clearance at Target for $2.48. They're not on clearance on the website so check your local Target if you're interested.
The back of the placemat is lined with a solid grey fabric so that's what made me think this was a good candidate for turning into a pillow. I got my seam ripper out and split the seam so I could fit my hand inside to allow for pillow stuffing.

I was fortunate to have a huge box of poly-fill from another project so I didn't have to buy any this time around. I just stuffed the pillow until I felt like it was sturdy, then added just a bit more so hopefully it'll maintain the shape well. 

After stuffing all that's left was to stitch the opening back up. I am NOT good at sewing but I can reattach a button or close a seam so if I can do it, you can too. It's not beautiful but no one will see it and if they do, who really cares?! Nice friends won't care. :)

That's it! It took me about 40 minutes to do both pillows and I was on the phone for a portion of the time so you could probably get it done even faster if you really wanted to. 


So there you have it, isn't the tassel trim cute?! Proof that sometimes Pinterest projects work and don't cause you to swear or spend a ton of money! Thanks for reading, and good luck with your DIY advenures! 


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  1. This project does cater to my inexpensive tastes. Looks good too!

  2. It is such a great idea to use placemats to make pillow, also yours look so nice !!!


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