January 30, 2012

Valentine’s Pillow {placemat make-over}

I shared this tutorial with At Home with K readers last week, but I wanted to share it with all of you as well! 

I am so not typically a “Valentines Day” girl – but I had a lot of fun making this pillow!  The awesome thing about this pillow is that it requires VERY basic sewing skills – no machine required!  I swear that anyone could make this pillow! 🙂

It all started when I saw this sweet pillow on Pinterest:


I figured I’d just put my own spin on it!  To minimize the sewing, I used a thrifty placemat I got from a local discount store:


I used a seam-ripper to take out the seams on the right and left sides of the place mat:


Then I cut out some fleece hearts (it was a fabric remnant on a great sale) using a piece of piece of folded fleece:


Then I lined up the hearts & just attached them temporarily with tape until I could sew them on:


Then I hand-sewed the hearts on using a contrasting thread:


Once I got them all sewn on, I sewed ribbon on between the hearts and did a little stitch in the middle of each heart as well.  This was a little difficult, but I used a thick needle and some muscle and it worked 🙂


Then I stuffed it with some batting and hand-stitched the sides closed.  And it’s finished! 🙂

I think it’s so cute – and I love that it doesn’t have to be all pink & red, but it’s still an appropriate decoration for Valentines Day!

I also love that it only cost me $1.99, because I had everything else on hand!


Linking to:

Decorchick!Shabby Nest, Remodelaholic, Under the Table and Dreaming, Today’s Creative Blog, Finding Fabulous, The DIY Show-Off, Be Different Act Normal, Tatertots and Jello,  Shabby Chic Cottage, Stories of A-Z, House of HepworthsCRAFTHouse of Grace, Creations by Kara, Lolly Jane, Somewhat SimpleYoung and Crafty, A Glimpse InsideSumo’s Sweet Stuff, Someday CraftsMy Girlish Whims, The 36th Avenue, Serenity Now, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

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  1. How CUTE! I love this! You did an awesome job. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very cute! Love the hearts!

  3. “Sew” cute … get it? I know. Corny …

    … would you like to share at our multi-blog “Imagine the Impossibilities” link party? I think everyone would really enjoy it as much as I … Here’s the link:


    We stay live until Friday midnight (CST). Hope to see you at the party!


  4. Your pillow is so cute! I need to go find a placemat to try it. 🙂

  5. Great find in the placemat and great job on the knock off!

  6. Your pillow is beautiful! I love your style!

  7. Sweet and just adorable!!! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours link party!


  8. Love your pillows. Besides my weekly fri-monday linky I am hosting a Valentine contest, these would be perfect to link up for chance to win.

  9. A lot of bang for the buck…99!

  10. Oh my goodness! I LOVE the idea.. it is wonderful!!!

  11. This pillow is DARLING!! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  12. What a great tutorial and a lovely new blog to peruse :0) I would love if you shared the project tomorrow at my “Beat the Winter Blues” party. Hope to see you then.

  13. I LOVE this, Christina! I love it even more than the one you spotted on pinterest. I need to start finding cute placemats! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  14. Such a sweet pillow! Clever idea to use a placemat as a pillow form!

  15. So adorable, I really like the pillow made out of placemats pretty clever! I like yours in white, you can really use it all year long. It’s so perfect for winter. Thanks for showing us how. My fingers are crossed that you might share this at Sunday’s Best going on now. Sharing is a good thing!

  16. I love your take on Amy’s pillow. That placemat fabric is gorgeous! I’m featuring this today at Creations by Kara. 🙂

  17. Awesome!! I saw you on Tater Tots and Jello. Would you please be willing to share this fabulous post with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/14-days-of-valentines-fun-stuff-fridays_10.html

  18. This is so cute! Never would have thought to use a placemat! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!


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