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Easiest Pillow You Will Ever Make

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Aren’t these pretty?

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!

To make the pillows::

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 (or hot glue) 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!

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  1. What a neat idea! I love pillows and will be making some for sure. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Ohh looks amazing!I just wanted to let you know that I am doing a little giveaway over on my blog for two post cards and a silk handmade hairpin. Check it out! There are only like 3 entries so far, so you could have a good chance to wiN!

  3. Those pillows really brightened up the whole area! Great job! I hope you'll stop by the Tuesday To Do party and share it!

  4. *GASP* This is pure genius. I am doing this! 🙂 Thank you!!

  5. omg omg omg thank you for this post!! I'm am sewing disabled, but i think i could do this!!
    -popped in from sugar bee crafts link up

  6. GREAT idea! I have to try it, I need more pillows for my couch. And I love the color combo, the bright yellow/orange with the soft pink of the furniture! Excellent job!
    I popped in fro Debbie's Newbie Party and follow along now. 🙂
    Have a wonderful day!

  7. I'll be looking at placemats in a totally new way now! I'm visiting from Debbie's Newbie Party and I am a new follower. My link is #92 at the party. Come visit me!

  8. Genius! I'm now on the hunt for pretty placemats. I have a new sectional coming and will need a lot of pillows – the easier, the better. Thanks!

  9. Now those are really cute and someone like me who cannot sew can actually do.

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  10. Hi! I am visiting fro Debbie Doos newbie party. Thanks for sharing your idea for pillows. I am going to try to make the cushions I bought for my outdoor furniture last year be presentable this year too by making some pillows to detract away from the fading. Your blog post will help me do that.

  11. LOVE it. I made one for my bedroom and even sewed an inch area it to give it more.
    I made round ones at christmas time, but those are just decorative as they are kinda hard.

    Visiting from DebbieDoos

  12. What a fabulous idea, I was going to make a trip to Ikea soon, I bet they have tons of great place mats!! You're a genius! I am visiting from Debbie doos and I am your newest follower, hope you will follow me back


  13. What a great idea for making pillows! Love it! And they've really brightened up your outdoor setting too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. How smart you are! I love those pillows. I love pillows, can't have enough.

  15. Love that floral pillow. Another easy way to make pillows is to buy two cloth napkins you like, sew together and stuff, just like you did the placemats. Easy and really inexpensive.