26 December 2011

Cheap & Easy Placemat Cushions!

Hope that everyone celebrating this time of year a wonderful holiday weekend :) Before heading out for some boxing day shopping, I just wanted to share some really quick and easy DIY cushions I made last week out of Pottery Barn placemats!

I’ve always wanted to buy something from Pottery Barn, ever since that episode of Friends when Rachel and Phoebe shopped there. Then I could casually tell people “Oh I just picked that up at Pottery Barn” and they’d think I was super cool...just like the girls on Friends.

Well I haven’t been able to take the plunge on any of their fabulous price tags just yet, but I did recently find some great napkins and placemats in the sale bin! So I scooped up a couple for a thrifty cushion idea that I first saw on Thrifty Decor Chick :) 

Throw pillows are seriously one of my favourite accessories. All the beautiful shapes and colours and textures, and who doesn’t love that snuggly cushy goodness? But when I shopped for my living room cushions awhile back I realized the nice ones don’t come cheap!

This DIY alternative was great – simple and super quick without breaking the bank :)

First I made a little opening between the two fabrics of the placemat. I didn’t have seam rippers but I was able to do it with some small scissors and a little pin.

I made the opening just big enough for my hand to wriggle in. Then I stuffed it to my heart's content :) making sure along the way that it wasn’t too clumpy.

 And then I sewed them up! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

There was hardly any sewing, like literally 4-5 inches, totally doable. In less than an hour I had myself two pretty new cushions and one dressed up bedroom :)

I love how they turned out! It adds a really bright and fresh little pop of colour. I couldn’t fit both cushions on the bed so the second one is dressing up this old chair for now.

The placemats were marked down to $5.49 each, and the stuffing was on sale at Fabricland for $3.99 a bag (I used little over one bag). So these sunny little sweethearts were just over $7.50 each!

Love it! At that price I can still change them up from time to time without feeling too bad :) (and I can do my boxing day shopping today without feeling too guilty either :)


  1. Awesome idea on how to use odds and ends place mats!! I have several of a set of two place-mats. I will have to try this idea!

  2. I love this idea because I do not know how to use a sewing machine...but I can use a needle and thread! Thanks for this idea and your pillow is so cute. Yellow is my new favorite color!!

    By the way, that episode of Friends was on today! Would you say your pillow is from the Colonial Period or the Yore, as in the days of yore? JK ; )

  3. Fabulous idea--I am so copy-ing this from you (but, will give you credit for the discovery for sure!)---thanks for sharing--and you pillow is beautiful! Have a great and Happy New Year!

  4. I love this idea!! So clever! I would love for you to share this at my "Best of 2011" link party, along with any other posts you are most proud of from this year, at www.petalstopicots.com.

  5. I love this idea! I am going to be on the look out for nice placemats!

  6. Oh so cute and fast! I will never look at a placemat the same way. I love to sew and post all kinds of easy stuff on my blog, MadeDownSouth. Stop by and visit sometime. Have loads of extra seam rippers, wish I could give you one cause it makes projects like these a snap! Thanks for posting.

  7. I love throw pillows, too, but it seems so wrong to spend what they cost on a pretty much for-looks item! (But I never pass up a pillow, even if it's ugly, if it's cheap!) I love that you only had to "open" these place mats! No one would ever know... you know, if you hadn't told the whole world in your blog! But I'm glad you did. :)

  8. Soo pretty,.. What a lovely idea.. LOVE IT!! I Would LOVE for you to please stop in and link via my Pin'Inspirational Thurday Party happening today.. **WISHING YOU A SPECTACULAR NEW YEAR** Cheers to much success in 2012.. Xoxoxo..M

  9. Thanks for your kind comments. I love this yellow and gray pillow it is really pretty.

  10. Oh boy another item added to my to-do list. I think you're responsible for at least 2 on there already! LOVE this idea...thank you for sharing.

  11. These are so cute! I need to look for some placemats asap

  12. Fabulous!! I love the power of an accent pillow!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!
    Featuring this in tomorrow's party!
    Hope you'll come grab a button!

  13. That is a FANTASTIC idea! What cheap and easy pillows!

  14. This is brilliant! I would have never thought of this. I love the way you think! :o)