DIY Placemat Pillows

I’ve seen this idea all over blogland, and it looked so easy that I just had to try it!

Here’s the idea….take a placemat and make it into a pillow.

It is as easy as it sounds!

I found these Christmas placemats at the Dollar General Store for $2.00 a piece.


Placemats are just two pieces of material sewn together. So I carefully cut the seam on one side….


…separated the two sides, and then stuffed it with batting I got from Walmart. It was less than 3 dollars for the bag of batting, and I used about half of it.



Then I used a needle and thread to sew up the hole.


And there you have it! Isn’t “she” cute?


It really is that simple. That’s why I had to try it!


And the possibilities are limitless! Have you seen all of the adorable Christmas placemats out there? You could get one with a snowman or Santa on it. Or get one with a beautiful design on it. I chose this simple pattern because it matched the rest of the decor in my den.

(And if you don’t have time to do this project before Christmas, you could take advantage of the After-Christmas sales to pick up some placemats. I know I will. And I think these would make adorable teacher gifts, don’t you?)

And you could monogram them too! This little project would be great to do year round. I may make a monogrammed pillow after Christmas, who knows?!

That’s it!

I am linking this project to Saturday Nite Special over at Funky Junk Interiors! I love that blog!

Also at Met. Monday at Between Naps on the Porch,

Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts,

Get Your Craft On at Todays Creative Blog,

DIY day at A Soft Place to Land,

Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design,

and Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage.

I hope you have a blessed weekend!


  1. I've seen these and have looked around for cheap placemats, but haven't found any… guess I need to go to the dollar general! I NEVER go there! I love, love, love how yours turned out! they are perfectly cute! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Goodness… I've seen these before but yours just looks like pure treasure to be had! (your staging is amazing, but then so is your 'stuff! Can I have that chair when you tire of it?!?)

    So pretty, Traci! Thanks so much for sharing your pillow secret by linking up!

    p.s. I love your blog MORE. :D

    FJ Donna

  3. Traci,
    you are one clever chick. As I was readig I thought you were going to say sew the placemats together, but you didn't. I so love your idea. It's very clever and truly is easier than sewing two placemats together which is what I would of done.

  4. Very cute idea! I actually hadn't see this version of it, so thanks for showing me. I love seeing my nam eon your side bar and I realized I didn't have you on mine. Gasp! I'm going to go and fix that. :)

  5. Hi Traci! Oh, what a great idea and your little plalcemat pillow is darling! I have never thought of doing this before! I love it!
    Oh, I hope you can pop in to see me – I'm showing the precious little gingerbread family I won from you this summer! I just love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. This is a great idea. I will have to try it. I don't know if my Walmart carries batting anymore…but there is always JoAnns!
    Monogrammed ones would be fantastic…well, see there goes my head…valentines, easter…I gotta quit!

  7. Traci-I don't know how I have missed this idea, but I have. I think even I can do this and you are right…endless possiblilties for everyday and holidays.

  8. I have made these before but I also use the travel pillows and use different holiday placemats and just exchange the pillows and then store the placemats flat a simple sewing stitch is easy to tack on and off. Also Pier I has awesome placemats for 4.99 and sometimes on clearance that are just beautiful! So fun to make but I think I will be making this year as gifts!

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