Hey everyone! It’s Angie and I’m excited to be back for my second post here at Do More for Less! Today I’m sharing these fabulous reversible placemat pillows that I made myself. You can make a set of custom reversible placemat pillows in a few minutes and for less than $10 too. Don’t believe me? Read on to see how I make these great placemat pillows for every area of my home!
First you will need some reversible placemats from Old Time Pottery. You have to get the correct type of placemat for this project. Make sure it is two sided like shown in the pictures below. Also those sides must be separate pieces of fabric and sewn together around the ends. Also please make sure it is a fabric placemat and will be comfortable as a pillow.
Now as you can see from the picture above, the pink/aqua sides of my placemats are plain. I decided to paint a little embellishment on those sides to make this project even more fun. So we are going to paint on that side of the placemats first. You can skip these steps if you want plain color pillows with no embellishment. To begin painting, I made a quick custom stamp as a guide. You will need a scrap piece of wood, crafter’s foam, and some glue.
Cut the foam into equal sized strips.
Then lay those strips on top of one another and cut the ends at an angle. Stack and glue them onto your scrap wood to make a stamp.
Turn the stamp upside down and weight the wood block to allow the glue to dry properly. Once completely dry, you can begin painting. I used a fabric paint from DecoArt for my project.
Add a little paint onto your stamp with a brush then stamp it right onto your fabric.
I added three arrow shapes to each pillow. I went back after I had stamped the shape and filled it in with more paint using a brush.
Allow that to dry before continuing. Now we can make the quickest placemat pillows ever. I am going to show you a rectangular pillow and a square pillow. Lets start with the rectangle version. Just use a seam ripper to remove about 4 inches of the seam on the bottom of your pillow.
Stuff your pillow until you are happy through that hole then sew that hole back shut with your sewing machine.
So easy right? Now lets make a square version. Measure the width of your placemat and add ½ an inch. Measure the length to that measurement and draw a line.
Cut along that line with scissors to make a square.
Stuff that square until you are happy with it as a pillow. Use pins to fold over approximately ½ an inch. Then sew shut.
That is all there is to it! You have two lovely reversible placemat pillows in no time.
How many placemats can you find at Old Time Pottery that are just dying to become pillows? I dare you to make a whole couch full of these great pillows! Best part? You will be done in one afternoon! Enjoy your own reversible placemat pillows today.