DIY, Farmhouse Decorating

How to Turn a Placemat into a Pillow

Hello, friends!  I have a fun DIY for you today.  We are going to turn a placemat into a pillow!  Say what?  Yup, you read that right.  I have you covered with the step-by-step instructions.  And I promise that this is so easy and absolutely no special skills are needed.

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Here are the supplies needed:

  • Placemat (details below!)
  • Stuffing (aka polyester filling…or deconstruct an old pillow…you’ll see)
  • Seam ripper
  • Needle and thread to match the back of the placemat

1. Pick out your placemat!  This is the fun part.  BUT!  There is a major but here.  You can only use placemats that have a backing to them.  This is very easy to test for: simply flip the placemat over and check for a second layer of fabric.  You may also see a hem around the entire placemat.  Once you have verified that it has two layers, pick any one that you like!

For this project, I used a placemat that I purchased at Target after the fall season.  Friends!  It was $1.50!  Even during the season, inexpensive placemats can be found in Target, Home Goods, etc.

2. Cut a 6 inch hole on the back of your placemat.  I find that near the bottom offers the best chance of being inconspicuous.

3. Stuff away!  Fill the placemat with your polyester filling.  I actually used filling from a pillow that I had recently washed and replaced.  {See!  Using what I have!}  Be sure to add enough stuffing so that it isn’t droopy.  And get the filling into all four corners.

4. Close the seam up with the needle and thread.  I promise that you do not need to have any type of sewing skills for this part.  No one is going to inspect…or even see this seam…or even care if they do.

5. Display your new pillow!

So, what do you think?  Even my “I don’t DIY” friends can do this one.  I promise that you can!




  1. Glenda

    Since youhave a seam riper, why didn’t you just open the seam and stuff it from there?

    1. Leigh

      Absolutely, good point and that would definitely work. I felt like I would need to unearth my sewing machine to sew the seam properly if I opened it on the actual seam. I was trying to do this project without a sewing machine. But, if you have easy access to your sewing machine, then I say go for it! 🙂

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