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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  • Reply samia April 2, 2011 at 9:47 PM

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

  • Reply Ali Richardson April 2, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Ooooooh, so pretty!!!

  • Reply Jessica Warrick April 2, 2011 at 10:35 PM

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  • Reply Vanessa April 2, 2011 at 11:13 PM

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

    Poppin’ in from Angel’s bloghop 🙂

  • Reply Kelly April 2, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    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!

  • Reply Kara April 3, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    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.

  • Reply Jaderbomb April 3, 2011 at 1:08 AM

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

    BTW: I love your blog!!!!

  • Reply Not Your Ordinary Agent April 3, 2011 at 1:19 AM

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

  • Reply Shelley April 3, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    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,

  • Reply TanyasTreasureTrove April 3, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Hi! Following you from
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  • Reply Julie April 3, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    that is so awesome!!

  • Reply Carrie @ Hazardous Design April 4, 2011 at 1:15 AM

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

  • Reply Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims April 4, 2011 at 2:49 AM

    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!!

  • Reply Jamie April 4, 2011 at 3:03 AM

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

  • Reply april@gingerbread girl April 4, 2011 at 2:20 PM

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


  • Reply wyochats April 4, 2011 at 8:04 PM

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

  • Reply Holly April 5, 2011 at 4:25 AM

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

  • Reply Stacey April 5, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    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.

  • Reply Kristen @ Who's Watching the Baby? April 5, 2011 at 5:51 AM

    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!!!

  • Reply live by the sun, luv by the moon April 5, 2011 at 10:23 PM

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

  • Reply Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva April 6, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Those are trully the easiest pillows. I did some easter ones. Visiting from Show and Tell at Blue Cricket.
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  • Reply alison April 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    how lovely and simple can you get? thanks for the fun idea…would love for you to share at fridays unfolded @


    stuff and nonsense

  • Reply Brandy J. April 8, 2011 at 2:34 PM

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

  • Reply KJ@letsgoflyakite April 9, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    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.

  • Reply ❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ April 9, 2011 at 2:11 AM

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

  • Reply Audrey April 9, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Love the colors! Great idea!!


  • Reply Charcoal and crayons April 9, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    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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  • Reply Cassie April 18, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    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!

  • Reply Kristen April 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    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

  • Reply Nancy April 25, 2011 at 2:49 PM

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

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