I made them! Later in the post, I will show you how to make the Easiest Pillow Ever!
We have an outdoor seating set that we bought from Walmart last year. The price was fabulous, ($198.00) but the pillows and seat cushions that came with it were shades of brown.
I wanted to try to make some new pillows to brighten the seating set up a bit for Spring. I recently saw the idea of making pillows out of placemats. It sounded so easy, I wanted to give it a try. I found these placemats at target and figured they were perfect for my project!
This is how I did it:
First, you have to find a placemat that is double sided, like this:
You will also need a seam ripper, needle and thread or sewing machine and a bag of pillow stuffing. I got my pillow stuffing at Hobby Lobby and it looks like this.
Pick a spot and rip open the seam to create a hole large enough to get your hand through. Start stuffing the placemat like this:
Once you have it stuffed as full as you want it, re-align the seams and pin in place if you need to.
Next you need to sew the opening you made back together. You could do this by hand or with a sewing machine. Since my machine was already threaded with white thread, I used my machine.
Once the pillow is sewed up, pull the ends of the string through to the back side, tie off the ends and cut the extra off. I add always like to add a little sealer to the the ends for extra strength...
Ta da! You have a new pillow and it only took about 15 minutes to make!
The seating set definitely looks better. I still need a rug (Sam's club has some that might work) and I think I will go back to Target and get one more of the flower placemat. I will have gotten five cute pillows for about 4.75 each and very little work. Can't beat that!
Have fun making your own pillows!
If you are inspired to create something based on this tutorial, I would love to see it! I have created a new Flickr Group for you to share your creations. Here is the link: Creations inspired by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. (Please share, you might get featured!)
I will be linking up to these fabulous linky parties found here.