Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Placemat Pillows!

We interrupt the vlog that was supposed to be here today (technical difficulties!) to bring you something that is sure to sure to put a little happy in your holidays.

Well, maybe not for you if this totally is not your thing, but we sure have been having fun with it!

Placemat pillows. They have been floating around on DIY blogs for years, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why we didn't jump on this bandwagon sooner.

I wanted to buy a few new Christmas throw pillows this year, and when I started my search I was reminded of just how much those stuffed little decorative puffs can cost. Just to buy four coordinating pillows I was about to drop about $50...on sale...with a coupon. And that's when I remembered the old placemat pillow trick. I immediately diverted my search from pillows to placemats. Oh, $3.99 before coupon? Don't mind if I do.

If you haven't heard of this trick before, it's quite simple really. Most cloth placemats have a front and back piece of cloth which are sewn together. With a seam ripper you can easily open up five or six inches or so and then stuff that baby full of Poly-fil. Sew it back up, and bada bing bada boom...you've got yourself a cute new throw pillow that is super duper inexpensive.

Both placemats!

The best part is, there are TONS of stinkin cute placemats out there. In fact, when I was searching around for a few to turn into pillows I seriously thought some of them looked more appropriate for a sofa than for sitting under plates and cups. That "Adventure is Out There" placemat was just screaming to be a throw pillow. You can get them in any pattern imaginable, and of course they come themed for any holiday.

Let me just say, I am NOT a sewer. I can barely thread a bobbin to save my life on a sewing machine. I got the chicken pox and was out of Home Ec for two weeks during this unit. That's not a joke, it really happened and I nearly failed. I am a near sewing failure. But even I can take a needle and thread and sew a seam back up by hand. If I can do it, you can do it.

Sewn back up, and you can barely even tell!

We've been going placemat pillow crazy here. Gracie LOVES to help out with the stuffing. We ordered a ten pound box of it. Haha! It was $20 on Amazon, and here's a hint. If you want more for your money, buy a box of Poly-fil, not the bags that you get in the store. When you buy a box it comes air tight and when you open it up it literally expands and nearly doubles in size. You get a TON of it. But in the store, the air is already in the bags. What you see is what you get.

We seriously have enough Poly-fil now to open up our own Build-A-Bear Workshop. I may never ever buy a throw pillow again. We've stuffed 8 pillows so far, and still haven't even made a dent. I have four more placemats that we've been anxiously waiting to arrive tomorrow. Metallic snowflakes...so excited! After my coupons I paid about $27 for 12 placemats and I've used maybe $3-$4 of stuffing so far...maybe. In all, that comes to about $2.50 a pillow. You are never going to beat that!

These are so easy and fun to make for yourself, but they would also make great gifts on the cheap. Who doesn't love a good pillow, I mean who? If you are someone who likes to be really coordinated you could even consider buying extras of the same design, and...you know...actually use them as placemats.

Just don't look too closely at the tags on a few our pillows that say "Food Network" on them. Haha. Shhh...it's our little secret.

Let me know if you try this project, and we can help each other find the best placemats for every season and occasion. I'm already excited for Spring! Kohl's and Target are great places to start your search. Happy napping! I mean...crafting! ;)


Heather said...

I am SO stealing this idea!!! Thank you!

Adrien said...

Steal away - I did! Can't believe I didn't try this sooner. :)


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