Recently, while shopping, I came across a fabulous fall placemat and thought, "If only this were a pillow, I'd buy it". Then the creative light bulb went off. Why not make this great placemat into a pillow!

It only took 30 minutes using a little fairy godmother magic... to turn this pumpkin into a pillow!

BIBBITY BOBBITY BOO... I'll show you how...

My new pillow brings a pop of fall color to the neutral living room!

It works well with the NO SEW BURLAP LEAF PILLOW I showed you last week!

Now I have cute and interesting placemats on my radar... not only for the table but for my sofas, chairs and beds too!

This placemat came from our local Pottery Barn Outlet.


1 placemat (mine measured 14 x 20)
fabric for backing
down pillow insert (mine was 14 x 18)

1. Buy a cute placemat. I was so excited to take a picture of it that I forgot to iron it! 

2. Cut the backing fabric the same width and 8 inches longer than the length of the placemat.  Cut the backing fabric in half width wise. 

3. With the wrong side of the backing fabric facing up, fold over 1/4 inch on the edge you just cut. Sew. Fold over another 5/8 inch and sew to make a finished seam.

Do the same for the other piece of backing fabric. You will end up with 2 pieces of backing fabric with a finished seam.

4.Pin the backing fabric to the placemat, wrong sides together matching all the edges, so that the finished seams of the backing fabric overlap in the middle.

Sew the front and back of the pillow together. Use a 1/4 inch (or less) seam all the way around the placemat. 

Turn the pillow right side out, add a pillow insert and use fiberfill in the corners if the pillow insert does not completely fit the pillow.


Wouldn't a pillow like this look so cute on a guestroom bed?

When the season is over just pop out the pillow insert and you can store the pillow cover in a drawer till next year.  Then you can make another placemat pillow for the upcoming season!

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