Monday, August 25, 2008

pillows from placemats

And here's the flip side of the blue pillow:

Remember my trip to Anthropologie way back in June? I finally completed my project with the placemats I bought and turned them into pillows for my couch. I owe this nifty idea to my friend Robyn (repurposing maven), who first suggested this when I was lusting after some placemats in Crate N Barrel years ago.

It just could not be simpler. You buy a placemat that is two layers of fabric. Use a seam ripper along one side of the placemat to open a few inches of seam. Stuff it with polyfil. Sew the seam.

I'd like to embellish the yellow/coral/white pillow somehow with an applique. The blue pillow had bias binding, which is a little more tricky, but still easy to get apart and put back together.


  1. I LOVE the blue pillow! I desperately need couch pillows, but I've never found placemats that are that awesome and the fabric I have picked out is crazy expensive. One day...

  2. That's so beautiful! I want to make one!

  3. Wow! That seems like something even I could handle. Except I seriously don't know how to sew.

    I need to get my Aunt Jana to finally teach me.

  4. Angela, you could totally do this if you could sew a few hand stitches. Have Jana show you that! No machine required, and really, it is just easier to do by hand than to squash the stuffing under the presser foot. I'd rip as small an opening as possible to minimize the sewing.

  5. Cute! I just hit Anthropologie while in SA last week - got a few placemats of my own and converted my mom, too. She spent more than I did. :)

  6. What a fabulous idea. Those look great!

  7. Wonderful idea! I love anthropologie but cannot afford anything but a placemat. :) I'm definitely trying this out.


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