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DIY Holiday Placemat Pillows

This has to be one of the easiest ways to make holiday pillows. Seriously. I purchased some Christmas placemats at Target last year and after using coupons they were only $1 each!

However, I as soon as I unpacked them this year I knew they were meant to be something other than placemats… pillows! So today I am sharing how I made super easy DIY Holiday Placemat Pillows.

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DIY Holiday Placemat Pillows

I am not much of a seamstress. I don’t own a sewing machine and the last time I used one I was in the 9th grade {a loooong time ago}. I don’t sew very often and am not that great at it, not that it keeps me from sewing things anyway, lol. In fact, I reupholstered our dining room chairs a couple years ago… by hand.

I hope to someday have a sewing machine and learn how to use one again, but until then I don’t mind sewing a couple projects by hand especially if they are as easy as these placemat pillows 🙂 Update: Better yet, you can skip the sewing all together by using Liquid Stitch!

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Here is what you will need to make your own placemat pillow:

Placemat 

Seam Ripper

Liquid Stitch OR NeedleThread

Pillow Stuffing or pillow insert

**Make sure the placemat is the kind that is is already sewn together with 2 pieces. I used Target threshold brand which are regularly priced at $3.99 each

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You should probably iron your placemats first, otherwise it will have lines all over it like mine did. Woops. Also, if your placemats are only made from one piece of fabric, no worries just sew or use liquid stitch to attach 2 of them together.

Here is what my placemat looked like:

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I decided to take the pillow stuffing out of an old pillow I made a couple years ago, but you could buy some pillow stuffing or inserts at any fabric store.

Tip: Shopping the pillow clearance section at places like HomeGoods is one of my favorite ways to snag pillow inserts at an affordable price.

How to make No-Sew Placemat Pillows

Don’t want to sew? Liquid Stitch, which is essentially a fabric glue, has become my new BFF and it works awesome! You will basically use the seam ripper {or a needle} to unravel some of the threading holding the placemat together, knot the loose thread edges, insert your pillow stuffing, and then close the seams back up using the liquid stitch. I like to use binder clips to hold the seams closed while the glue dries. Easy peasy.

If you are using stuffing I would recommend only opening a small section, maybe 3 inches or so. If you are using a pillow insert then I would open one entire side.

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If you plan to hand sew:

If you don’t want to use a sewing machine or liquid stitch then you can hand sew the placemat pillow instead. This project requires such minimal sewing that you could start this during a commercial break and be finished before your show is back on!

Simply follow the steps above but rather than closing the seams with fabric glue, you will sew them together.

Looking for affordable holiday pillows? See how easy it is to create these no sew DIY holiday placemat pillows in a matter of minutes! UpcycledTreasures.com

Looking for affordable holiday pillows? See how easy it is to create these no sew DIY holiday placemat pillows in a matter of minutes! UpcycledTreasures.com

That’s it! It was so easy and since I only had to sew a small section it didn’t take long to make either. In fact, it was so easy I made a couple more from additional Target placemats.

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Not too shabby for some new holiday pillows that help spread Christmas cheer throughout our home. I think these would make great gifts, and of course you could always use placemats that could even stick around after the holiday season.

I love how these turned out and have since become obsessed with placemats. I can’t walk into Target, HomeGoods, or World Market without checking out the placemats….or even the napkins. #placematobsessed

So what do you think?

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Comments

  • So Cute!!! Am going to try this!

    December 2, 2013
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    • I may have a new obsession with placemats now, this was wayyyy too easy 🙂

      December 3, 2013
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  • Katie these are fabulous!! I love saving a bit of time on my DIY projects, especially this time of year too. Pinning!! xo

    December 2, 2013
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    • Thanks Tanya, I couldn’t agree with you more! I thought pillows were already fairly easy to make, but I will never look at placemats the same again…
      Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Katie

      December 3, 2013
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  • They turned out great!!

    December 2, 2013
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    • Thanks! I love your deer pillow but when I went back to Target they didn’t have that one in stock. I thought the Joy pillow went really well with the others I already made though 🙂

      December 3, 2013
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  • Very cute idea – I’ll have to pin this.

    You might want to check out a project I recently did – I made pot holders out of placemats.

    http://snugharborbay.blogspot.com/2013/11/repurposed-place-mats.html

    December 3, 2013
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    • Thanks Kim! Wow, what a great idea I’ll have to check them out! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      December 5, 2013
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  • Great idea! I like the idea of pillow covers because then you don’t have a million stuffed pillows to store, but these are just too cute. And for the price? Gifts galore! =]

    December 4, 2013
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    • Thanks Runt! They would definitely make for an affordable and super cute gift 🙂

      December 5, 2013
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  • Wow! These are awesome! I can’t believe they were only a dollar!

    December 4, 2013
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    • I know! I’m keeping an eye out to see if Target comes out with any new coupons 🙂

      December 5, 2013
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  • What a great idea. I have a slight pillow addiction this might help or cause more problem. Ha
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    December 5, 2013
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    • Yes, it has definitely added to mine! I almost picked up another one at Target today, haha. I put it back though 🙂

      December 12, 2013
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  • I love how your pillows turned out. I saw these last year on clearance and they only had one. Now I’m wishing I had bought it to make a pillow. Very cute idea!

    December 6, 2013
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    • I am looking forward to grabbing some more when they go on clearance this year 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      December 12, 2013
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  • Such a great idea and they’re so cute. Much better than buying them. Thanks for sharing.

    December 7, 2013
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    • Thanks Jennifer! I agree, and since I only had to sew up a couple inches it was super quick and easy 🙂

      December 12, 2013
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  • Who knew placemats can be used for pillows! Very clever! Love it!

    December 9, 2013
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  • Felicia E.

    I would have never thought to it that way! How awesome!!! I’ve got to go find some now to finish off the family room before our big holiday part.

    December 9, 2013
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    • Great idea, they are such a quick and affordable way to change up a space!

      December 12, 2013
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  • I love these!!! I’m thinking about heading to Wal-Mart, umm, now, to go find placemats! I hate the pillows on our sofa so I just may be DIYing a replacement or two!
    Thanks for sharing on Twirl & Take a Bow! 🙂

    December 9, 2013
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    • haha, our sofa looks like the pillows took over and Bailey {our dog} always moves them out of the way but then lays her head on them. I definitely have a pillow problem, but I’m good at alternating them at least, ha.

      December 12, 2013
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  • Katie, these are so adorable! I love that you have this comprehensive tutorial too. Thank you so much for sharing, I am featuring at Redoux tomorrow!

    December 11, 2013
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    • Yay, thank you so much Karen! I’m looking forward to linking up and checking out all the fun holiday project inspiration 🙂

      December 12, 2013
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  • Those pillows are amazing! So great for Holidays!

    February 14, 2014
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