Make your own throw pillows!
When I first started buying decor for our new home, I was astounded (and not in a good way) at how incredibly expensive throw/decorative pillows are! I need quite a few for the bedrooms, couches, etc. and just cannot fathom spending anywhere from $25 to $65 for a pillow to match my decor. I have been looking in stores, and online, trying to find just the right pillows. Even if I find the perfect pillows to match a bedding set, or colors of a certain room, the cost made my stomach turn, and I quickly “X’d” out of the website.
I was mentioning this to my good buddy, Erin (here is her placemat pillows post), and she said “make your own!”. Yeah right – apparently she has never seen me sew! She assured me that it is really easy – you simply buy placemats (the kind with two pieces of fabric sewn together front and back), fill them with fiberfill and voila! Well it did sound pretty easy, and I just had to give it a try.
I looked at Pier 1 Imports and Cost Plus and found some placemats that were solid on one side and had a pattern on the other side. Perfect! Oh, and they were only $2.99 each. I then went to the craft store, and bought 2 bags of fiberfill for $2.99 each. It takes a a bag or less for each pillow.
Since our bedroom will be blue and green (I bought a gorgeous duvet cover from Eddie Bauer), these will match perfectly. One side is patterned and one side is plain. The other placemat I bought is patterned on one side and is light blue on the back!
To begin, I unstitched the two layers of the placemat about 3 inches on one end. I stuffed fiberfill inside like this:
It’s important to make sure that you also stuff the corners of the placemat – just shove fiberfill in the corners as well.
Since I am not big on sewing, I purchased fabric glue at the craft store too. When my placemat was sufficiently stuffed, I placed a narrow bead of blue along one side of the placemat (I did it on the green hem), and carefully squeezed the two sides of the placemat together until it held. I attached small paper clips on the area I glued, just to be sure that it had a good seal.
I was really surprised how incredibly simple it was to make your own pillows. I ventured out again (this time to Target) to see if I could find placemats for our family room. I bought two placemats that will be just right for the look I want to achieve.
I have to admit, it is kind of addicting to make these pillows. I bought two MORE placemats that will go in the guest room, and I will make those next time I am at the house. I wanted to include photos of the other pillows I made, but apparently I didn’t take pictures of them!
So there you have it – you can make your own pillows out of placemats!
Total cost per pillow: About $6.00 each.