Frugal Christmas Gifts Day 5: DIY Placemat Pillow

Posted: 12/06/11 12:00 PM (Modified: 12/06/11 12:00 PM)

Welcome to another day of Frugal Christmas Gifts! Today's gift is from Rachel at Bubbly Nature Creations. There is still time to enter our contest, check out this post, learn how and enter to win an $1100 diamond from Gold Buyers Express.

{Placemat Pillow Tutorial}

Look at how cute this is!!! Bonus is that it matches perfectly with the pillow I got from Target last year!!!   Think of all the possibilities that this opens up!  Just look at some of the placemats I found on Target's website here.  I will be forever changed when it comes to pillow making!!! :P


What you will need:

Placemats that are sewn with two pieces of fabric (make sure the fabric from the backside is not glued down to the front) most of the Target brand I saw is perfect for this!  $2- $4.00 each

Old pillow or poly-fil (I used an old pillow and sacrificed it for this) free to $2.99

Fabric glue or needle and thread (your choice no sew or not)

Seam ripper (can be found in the sewing section of most fabric/ hobby stores)


The 2 pillows cost me only $6.00 since the placemats I got from Target were on sale.




Here is an example of what the placemat looks like from the back. It needs to be 2 peices of fabric sewn together that can be separated (some placemats are glued together which won't work).


Take your seam ripper and rip the seam out of the side of the place mat just large enough to fit your arm through. Then start stuffing and stuffing! Make sure to push the stuffing into the corners to puff them out... you want to put in enough to make it fluffy, but not so much that the seams are bursting open. Once you are done stuffing sew up the side again (or you can use fabric glue).  Of course sewing would be my first choice for integrity, but the fabric glue should hold just fine.  Once that is finished you are done!!!  (That was easy!)


You could make these for all your friends and they are sure to be impressed!!! :)  Merry Christmas and Happy Creating!!!

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Dec 6, 2011 11:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Those are really cute, Rachel.

Dec 6, 2011 12:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What???? Why haven't I thought of that? Great idea for any type of placemat/pillow and not just for Christmas! OH the possibilities!!!

Dec 6, 2011 12:37 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous


So simple! So creative. There are so many placemats i find adorable but I don't use them so I have no reason to buy them. Problem Solved!

Dec 6, 2011 12:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Awesome and very cute!

Dec 6, 2011 01:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What a great, simple idea. Thanks, Rachel!

Dec 6, 2011 01:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So easy!!!!! I love no sew projects!!!

Dec 6, 2011 01:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I love this idea! Cute way to inexpensively add some holiday fun!

Dec 6, 2011 01:57 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks for this wonderful idea, I love unique gifts.

Dec 6, 2011 02:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Such a great idea!! Can't wait till I can start crafting again!!

Dec 6, 2011 02:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I LOVE THIS tutorial!!! So simple!!!!!!

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