August 18, 2011

Placemat Pillows

I've gone a little pillow crazy lately.  In addition to the vintage beach combing pillow I shared the other day, I made two other pillows recently.  This time they weren't from a vintage towel, but instead from fabric placemats.

I found two giraffe print placemats at HomeGoods for just 50 cents each.  Yep, just $1 buckaroo for both of them!  Since I didn't really have a use for them as a traditional placemat, I decided to turn them into pillows.

giraffe-placemats

At first I was just going to sew the two placemats together, but then I realized that they were made of two pieces of fabric that were sewn together and I could just open them up and stuff the inside.  This method is way easier and now I could make two pillows instead of one!

how-to-sew-pillows-from-placemats

First I washed the placemats and then ironed them.  Then I used a seam ripper to create a small opening in the seam, just big enough for me to squeeze the pillow stuffing into.  I stuffed the pilllows, sewed the opening shut, and they were done!  Easy peasy!

giraffe-print-pillows

And now I can add a little animalistic touch to my sofa!  Now there's a word I never thought I'd use on my blog!

orange-pillows

The pillows match well with my sea themed pillow, so I decided to place them on my living room couch.  I think the similar colors make the pillows work well together even though the patterns are so different.

giraffe-pillows

I've been keeping an eye out at HomeGoods for clearance placemats and kitchen towels these days!  Any suggestions from other things I could make pillows out of?

I'm sharing this project on Workin' On it Wednesday, House of Hepworths, Less than Perfect Life of Bliss, check out the other great projects featured!

5 comments:

Ashley said...

These are so fun! Great idea!

Ayana said...

I don’t normally comment on blogs.. But nice post! :)

Lauren said...

Great, easy idea! I love it! I like how you mixed the "themes" of pillows too.

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Your project is so fantastic that I featured it this week at my Hookin Up with HoH Link Party!

Feel free to stop on by and grab a button!

xoxo

Allison @ House of Hepworths

Julie said...

Awesome! And they do go well with your beach pillow!