While out shopping, I’ve noticed that some of my favorite designers offer throw pillows and placemats with practically the same design but hugely different price tags. Jonathan Adler Happy Chic pillows can range from $25 to $33.99, but a placemat from the same line rang in at only $4.99.
That’s when I had an idea—why not just turn the placemat into a pillow? All you’d have to do is stick a pillow inside the placemat, and you would have an almost identical throw pillow at a fraction of the cost!
The other reason I really love this project is because it is so simple that anyone can do it—no sewing skills necessary! I purchased all of my supplies for less than $15, and my no-sew placemat pillow took me less than 15 minutes to complete.
Materials: placemat, pillow form, seam ripper, straight pins, Stitch Witchery
Using your seam ripper, take out the stitching on one end of placemat, creating a large enough opening so you can slide your pillow form inside.
Insert the pillow, and use your straight pins to attach a line of Stitch Witchery along the inside edge of the seam you just took out. Position the Stitch Witchery so that it will adhere the fabric back together to close the seam, keeping in mind that Stitch Witchery basically melts—you don’t want any sticking out that will melt onto the outside of the fabric or your iron.
Using an iron and following the directions on the Stitch Witchery, adhere the fabric back together. Remove the pins and you have a pillow!
So easy, right? I love my new no-sew placemat pillow, and I can’t wait to add another one to my collection! What are your favorite no-sew DIY projects?
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