Placemat Throw Pillows
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!