DIY: Placemat to Pillow
Sometimes, placemats are just too pretty to eat off of. Katy Follis from Sweet Verbena shows us a clever way to turn them into decorative throw pillows.
(Katy Follis | Sweet Verbena)
Pillows to reuse or store-bought fiber filling
Seam ripper (scissors work too, if you're careful)
Select a side of the placemat and start ripping out the seam.
Keep going until you have about a six-inch gap, or enough room for your hand to fit through.
Pull out the stuffing from an older pillow. If you don't have any that you're willing to sacrifice, try looking in a thrift store or purchase fiber filling at a craft store. To avoid a lumpy look, shred the fluffs by pulling them apart with both hands.
Stuff the placemat, taking care to reach all corners and sides. You can also use a recycled or store-bought pillow insert.
Pin the gap closed.
Carefully sew the seam shut. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can also hand sew or use steam-a-seam for this step.
No one will ever know it was once a placemat. Isn't that sneaky?