I’m not much of a DIY’er. Don’t get me wrong, I can paint and remodel (at a very beginner level) like a champ but DIY crafts are not my jam. I find them to be tedious and sometimes cheesy but these DIY placemat pillows are right up my alley.
Shannon originally told me about this idea when she heard about it from her mom. I love, love, love throw pillows so I quickly volunteered to give it a try. I have way too many throw pillows in the house but I love them. They give such a great, cozy vibe to any piece of furniture. Although I love them, I hate spending the money on them. Buying a $30 throw pillow that my husband or dog will end up laying on at some point stresses me out. They always look smashed if they’re laid on too much. These DIY placemat pillows are so inexpensive, super easy to do and a lot of different options.
Placemats – you can find placemats almost anywhere. Make sure that the placemats have 2 layers that include the backing (double layered). I’ve found so many cute placemats from Target or HomeGoods. These were purchased for $7.99 for 4…super cheap!
Poly-Fil Fiber Fill – $3.00 to $4.00 for a 16 ounce bag. I like to slightly overstuff instead of under. You could also use an old pillow that is laying around- cut it open and use your old pillows fill for your new pillow. Your project just became even cheaper this way.
Knife or Scissors – to cut the thread right down the seam on one side in order to stuff. I will usually use an X-acto knife or utility knife.
Thread & Needle – match the thread to the placemat or current thread already on the placemat.
- Detach the thread from one side of the placemat using an exacto knife. You won’t need to do this the whole way down. Just cut enough so you can stuff the stuffing into the placemat, usually 3 inches is good.
- Stuff the fiber fill (pillow stuffing) into the placemat. Stuff depending on your desired fullness. Make sure to spread it evenly.
- Place the seam back together and start to sew it shut. You could use fabric glue as well but I find glues to be so messy. I’m more of a needle and thread kind of girl.
- Fluff and place into it’s new home!
It’s that easy. This is one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve ever done and I love that I can mix it up. 4 pillows were $11.00! Holiday pillows here I come!
Let us know if you try to make your own DIY Placemat Pillows! We’d love to hear!