Placemat Pillows

On one hand, I’m not really one to use placemats on my table. I think they are a hassle.

On the other hand, I think they are pretty. 

So what is a girl to do with such a dilemma? 

Use them for something else other than placemats! 

I was at the store the other day, looking at their fall items and saw the placemats. 

Placemat PillowsImmediately, the word “pillow” popped into my head. 

“Could I make these into pillows?” I asked myself.

I picked them up saw that they were sewn around the edges. Then I pinched the front and back to see if I could pull them apart. I could!

“By George, I think this will work!” 

I didn’t really say the “by George” part. Who says that anymore? 

Placemat Pillows

What do you think? 

Let me tell you how I did it. 

IMG_2003First, I made a pillow, actually four pillows, to put inside the placemats. I used the placemat as a pattern to know how big to make them. 

IMG_1632I ripped out the seam along one edge. 

IMG_1723I cut pieces of twine and ribbon to use to tie the openings shut. I cut enough for three ties, but I’m going to go back and add two more. Three just wasn’t enough. 

IMG_1721Then, using matching thread I sewed one of the edges back down, so the rough edges wouldn’t show. As I sewed it down, I also sewed the twine/ribbon in place. I forgot to get a picture of this. Just space them evenly along the edge. 

Flip it over and repeat for the other edge. My two edges were different colors, so I changed thread to match. 

IMG_2005Slip the pillow inside and tie shut. For the leaf pillows, I opened a side edge. (The shorter edge)



For the plaid pillows I opened the top (or longer) edge. Or was it the bottom? It doesn’t matter. Unless you have a picture with a definite picture on it. That might make a difference where you put the ties.

 Placemat PillowsFour new pillows in under 45 minutes. 

I made mine removable because I don’t have space to store pillows. I can find a place to store slip covers that can be flattened and folded. 

I’m already on the lookout for more placemats. Christmas, some blue and white ones. 

OH! You won’t believe the cost! $7 for the leaf pillows and $6 for the plaid! I would have paid $13 or more for just one already made pillow in the store!! 

While I was making these, the thought of rest kept coming to mind.

Pillow…you lay your head on a pillow…you rest while your head is on the pillow.

You rest because you are tired.

Then my mind wandered to resting in the Lord. Taking all my worries and concerns to Him when my soul is tired. Falling to sleep as I thank Him for all He has done for me that day, and waking up totally refreshed and ready to hit the floor running…well…after I have had my coffee and quiet time. Then I’m ready to run. 

Please tell me I’m not the only one whose mind wonders like that. 

I hope  you have as much fun as I did making these. I’d love to hear about yours!

Until then,


About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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4 Responses to Placemat Pillows

  1. good idea, and the pillows turned out great besides being cost effective….

  2. Such a good idea and they look great on your couch!!!

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