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Placemat Throw Pillows

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Before I get started, credit must be given. I totally stole the idea of making a throw pillow out of a placemat from Katie at Bower Power. Take a moment to explore her blog; it's lots of fun.

Right before my surgery I found this idea on Katie's blog and vowed as soon as I was up and about I'd make a few of these. True to my word, last week after my physical therapy appointment I headed over to Bed, Bath & Beyond and chose a few placemats I thought would make pretty pillows. I chose three but for the purposes of demonstration I'll use the zebra print.


This is what it looked like when it was just a plain ol' placemat and not a super-terrific pillow.

To turn it into said pillow, all you need to do is undo the seam on one side:


There was a sheet of interfacing inside the placemat, which I removed. I highly recommend removing it because the other two placemats I bought had interfacing sewed into the seams and I couldn't easily remove it. These pillows are a lot stiffer than the zebra pillow.

Next stuff it!


Finally, sew up that seam you opened. I am not a very neat sewer but mine still looks nice as long as you don't look at the side I re-sewed too carefully.

Voila! A pretty accent pillow:


Here are the other two pillows I made:


Here's a close up of this one so you can see the detail a little better:


Total cost for 3 pillows: $29 (with stuffing left over for one more pillow)

Thanks for the swell idea, Katie!

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  1. sabrina ogden #

    OMGoodness! So freaking easy! I can do this. All I have to do is sew a straight line. HEAVEN!

    July 27, 2012

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