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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Purtay.

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31 Comments

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

    Poppin’ in from Angel’s bloghop 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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,
    Shelley

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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 http://shethrifts.blogspot.com/
    Have a great day!

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