Place Mat Pillows are the easiest way to spruce up your couch, bed or chair.  These were made from a couple of West Elm place mats that been marked down to $2.00 each.  I loved the orange color and the graphic leaf on them and thought I could certainly do something with them.

At home I found two pillow forms I had picked up at Joann’s on sale – one 12 x 16 and one 18 x 20. Eureka!  An idea was born and it was so easy.

The larger pillow was a perfect fit for one of the place mats with no alteration.  All I had to do was unpick one long side enough to get the pillow form in.  After arranging it and smoothing out the fabric I simply hand-stitched the edge with a whip-stitch as shown below.

Hand Stitched Finish

For the small pillow form I unpicked the stitching from one long side and one short side (with a common corner) so I could insert the pillow form into the place mat to see how much excess fabric there was. While the pillow was in the place mat I pinned the two open sides to fit the form.  Then I trimmed the place mat about 1″ behind my pins.

Now I just had to stitch it closed on those sides. Starting on one side I rolled both edges evenly toward the inside and pinned in place. Because this pillow was smaller, I used my sewing machine to close the edges so they looked the same as the other sides. Hand stitching with the whip-stitch is just fine too.

That’s it! A couple of bright, new pillows!

If you do not have a fabric store near you, Amazon has a good variety of Pillow Forms  to choose from!

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