Making Pillows from Placemats!

I was first inspired by an idea for pillow covers over at Centsational Girl.  She found napkins and used them to make pillows – genius!
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So I’ve been on the lookout for pretty napkins, but I cannot seem to find any!  We just don’t have great stores here in Canada like World Market, so often our shopping is so limited!  Such a bummer!
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Yesterday the mini-suburbanites and I ventured out to Ikea!  I love so many things there and I have to stop myself!  Eye candy everywhere, but the pretty colours and flowers on these place mats immediately caught my attention.  I wanted to buy them for our table setting, but with 3 messy eaters, white cloth place mats are just not in the cards!
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 I looked more closely at them and saw they had 2 layers to them…what if I opened them up and stuffed them to make a pillow?  Yes.  Yes.  Yes.  I can do it!  So I did.  Here they are!
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A project that was completed in under an hour, and look how lovely they are!  And the best part?!  They each cost $2.99.  These pillows all together cost $6.  That’s right.  6 bucks.  Can’t beat that!
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Gotta love inspiration!
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Here’s How To:
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With a seam ripper, open up your pillow along a short side.

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Using cotton batting, stuff, stuff, stuff.  (I actually just took apart an extra bed pillow I had around)
Then sew, sew, sew.  Or you could seal it like Centsational Girl, by using fusible webbing.

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Ta Da!

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  1. Love it.. It is just AMAZING!! i need to know how u did that again!! this looks reallly goood!!

  2. Ooooooh, so pretty!!!

  3. hey stopping by from the ubp2011 and now following you fabulous blog you can follow back at

  4. They look fantastic!!
    God I love Ikea..I can’t wait until our store opens here in Winnipeg :)

    Poppin’ in from Angel’s bloghop :)

  5. Very pretty! We just went to IKEA last week and I picked up a tray and paper plates and napkins in that very pattern! Love this idea!

  6. I can’t sew a lick, but I was looking at placemats at Home Goods today to see if my mom could make them into pillows for me. I really need to make a pilgrimage to Ikea soon. The closest is 3 hours away. Boo.

  7. So cute!!!! You should come and link up to my party!!!!

    BTW: I love your blog!!!!

  8. What a piece of cake! Great ideas! I love your blog. Stopping by from UBH11. Come stop by

  9. Found you from the UBP. I love all of your craftiness. Love the cute pillows. What is a birds nest cake?
    Hope you can stop by.
    God Bless,

  10. Hi! Following you from
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  11. that is so awesome!!

  12. Who would have thought these used to be placemats??? I love this idea!

  13. what a good idea! love how they turned out

    PS: I’m doing a giveaway on my blog for $20 to my etsy shop, so if you like pretty jewelry you should come enter!!

  14. those are beautiful. I would love for you to share it on More The Merrier Monday’s Link Party!!

  15. wow what a pop of color….loves it girl…


  16. I have done the same thing before using dinner napkins, good work.

  17. Ooh! So pretty! Look great on your bed too.

  18. Wow, what fantastic place mats. That’s a great find. I love how easy these pillows are to make and the vibrant blue is just stunning.

  19. Aaaahhh! I love it! I’m never lucky enough to find double-thickness placemats, and if I did, I’m not sure I would have thought to just rip the seam! These look g-r-e-a-t!!!

  20. Comin’ to you via the UBP 2011. Love the pillow idea, they are adorable! So happy I stopped by to meet you : )

  21. Those are trully the easiest pillows. I did some easter ones. Visiting from Show and Tell at Blue Cricket.
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  22. how lovely and simple can you get? thanks for the fun idea…would love for you to share at fridays unfolded @


    stuff and nonsense

  23. Darling pillows and you CAN’T BEAT the price!!

  24. These turned out wonderful! I also lament that Canada has no Target or World Market, but I did find a nice placemat at Anthro that I plan to try this.

    Visiting via the Weekend Wrap Up.

  25. I just love the pattern on the napkins/pillows. Just beautiful.

  26. Love the colors! Great idea!!


  27. Awesome idea! Might just have to make a trip to Ikea. As a fellow Canadian, I understand the shopping situation… The other day I heard a rumor that Target is coming to Canada. I’m really hoping that it’s true!

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  29. Hi from Aus! I found you through Jen @ IHeart Organising :o)
    You have just solved a mystery for me, I had two mismatched placemats that were feeling a little lonely after being turfed off our bedside tables, and I really wasn’t sure what to do with them. But this will be the perfect new life for them! Thank you for sharing! If you have a spare minute you can have a peak at my blog
    Have a great day!

  30. Such a pretty and simple project – perfection!!! Found you through Tip Junkie and am very glad I did! Can’t wait to explore your blog some more.

    Would love if you’d check out my blog at

    Turning a House into a Home

  31. These are beautiful. I love it when something can be used for something totally different. Inexpensive and crafty-good eye!

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