Recently, while shopping, I came across a fabulous fall placemat and thought, “If only this were a pillow, I’d buy it”. Then the creative light bulb went off. Why not make this great placemat into a pillow!
It only took 30 minutes using a little fairy godmother magic… to turn this pumpkin into a pillow!
BIBBITY BOBBITY BOO… I’ll show you how…

My new pillow brings a pop of fall color to the neutral living room!
It works well with the NO SEW BURLAP LEAF PILLOW I showed you last week!
Now I have cute and interesting placemats on my radar… not only for the table but for my sofas, chairs and beds too!

This placemat came from our local Pottery Barn Outlet.

1 placemat (mine measured 14 x 20)
fabric for backing
down pillow insert (mine was 14 x 18)
1. Buy a cute placemat. I was so excited to take a picture of it that I forgot to iron it! 
2. Cut the backing fabric the same width and 8 inches longer than the length of the placemat.  Cut the backing fabric in half width wise. 
3. With the wrong side of the backing fabric facing up, fold over 1/4 inch on the edge you just cut. Sew. Fold over another 5/8 inch and sew to make a finished seam.
Do the same for the other piece of backing fabric. You will end up with 2 pieces of backing fabric with a finished seam.
4.Pin the backing fabric to the placemat, wrong sides together matching all the edges, so that the finished seams of the backing fabric overlap in the middle.
Sew the front and back of the pillow together. Use a 1/4 inch (or less) seam all the way around the placemat. 
Turn the pillow right side out, add a pillow insert and use fiberfill in the corners if the pillow insert does not completely fit the pillow.

Wouldn’t a pillow like this look so cute on a guestroom bed?

When the season is over just pop out the pillow insert and you can store the pillow cover in a drawer till next year.  Then you can make another placemat pillow for the upcoming season!
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  1. says

    Wonderful! I’ve wanted to try making pillows for awhile now. I don’t know why I get so afraid to use a sewing machine and tend to do things by hand. Could you please add a picture of the finished back of the pillow? I’m having a hard time picturing what the back looks like. Must be like an envelope opening.

    Have a great day!

  2. says

    So cute! Love the vintage look of this fabric/placemat. I love doing stuff like this. I also make carry bags from placemats. I’ll buy matching napkins, quilt them and use for the handles.

    Jake’s a Girl

  3. Anonymous says

    i wish we had a Pottery Barn Outlet so i can make one. it is so pretty. i made pillows from walmart placemats and i hand sewed three sides and put the pillow in and sewed the last side and i used invisible thread. it was so much easier to use two placemats and you can use two different colors for two pillows in one.

  4. says

    Oh…isn’t that fun! It is darling! It looks so expensive. Hmmmm now I’ll be on the look out for placemats. Usually, I ignore them…don’t need them…but now I guess I do. This would look so nice on my front porch bench.

  5. says

    Such a pretty pillow. You have that magic touch. Could you please show a picture of the back? Have a great week end and beginning to the fall season. Sheila

  6. says

    Oh! I have just the placemat! I’ve had it for years, a tapestry looking Christmas placemat with nutcrackers. I can’t wait to try to make a pillow! Thanks so much for the tutorial, Yvonne. I just love your pumpkins pillow. I like how the big orange pumpkin is offset. I really looks fantastic with your leaf pillow.

  7. says

    Yvonne, I’ve made pillows out of napkins but haven’t tried a placemat and not for a holiday pillow. Thanks for the reminder and for the back enclosure. I’ve just sewn them around 3 sides, filled pillow and sewn shut. Your way is so much better if it is a seasonal pillow to store and it looks fabulous on your sofa..Happy Fall Weekend..Judy

  8. says

    This is such a great idea and the sky is the limit for what you can do. Back in my craft show days I made purses from place mats (ha!) and they always sold very well. Definitely keeping my eye out for great place mat inspiration! Happy Sunday Yvonne ~ Ann

  9. says

    Just love that pumpkin pillow. I should have left a comment on you post about the leaf pillow. I love decorating with leaf items all year around. I would leave that lovely pillow on my couch all the time.

  10. says

    I love all your pillows. Did you make the buffalo plaid pillow and if yes, do you remember where you got the fabric. I can’t find taupe/white fabric, only a goldy-beige.
    I really wish that I had 1/2 your talent. Hope that you have enoyed your Sunday.

  11. says

    This is a wonderful idea, Yvonne! I’ve made lots of totes & bags from pretty placemats but I never even thought to do up a pillow. You’ve inspired me to try it. I have LOTS in the “resource center” AKA my stash. I’m thinking of a pretty cranberry one I have, that has beading on it, might be luscious for Christmas.
    Thanks for the idea!

  12. says

    I adore your placemat pillow Yvonne. It’s so elegant and classy. Plus, it’s way cuter than any pillow I’ve even seen to buy out there.
    Love the inspiration. Keep it comin’!
    Have a #happyday.
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

  13. says

    So cute! I have had a couple of napkins from PB that I loved and have been procrastinating about them. This is good motivation. I am going to have to line the napkons though…….thats why thw procrastination!

  14. Carol says

    Love this idea! But having trouble finding the correct size pillow forms. Willyou please share where you found them.
    Thanks and I love your blog.

  15. Sandi/ LV says

    love your pillow was just thinking this would probably also work with a table runner for a long pillow what do you think your the talented one?

  16. Avis says

    I’ve never thought of using a placemat for a pillow — great idea! I just love that pumpkin, too. In your instructions you say to put wrong sides together and then turn right side out. My mind says that it should be “right” sides together and then turn right side out through the opening. Am I missing something in how you assembled your pillow? I’m a sewer and sell my crafts under the name of “Sew Blessed”. I think this quick pillow idea will easily be introduced into my inventory.

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