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.
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:
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 have also made a video tutorial on making pillows from placemats, if you want to see it in action.
So there you have it – you can make your own pillows out of placemats!
Total cost per pillow: About $6.00 each.
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