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    Thinking of adding this small sign I made to the kitchen. Problem is, I don't want to drill into the marble because I'll probably change my mind later on and don't want to leave holes. This measures 12 by 25 inches and isn't too heavy. Think command strips could hold this in place? "Mom always said, don't play ball in the house." said in my best whiny Bobby Brady voice. Hope your start to this Friday is better than cleaning up broken, spilled plants. Only up from here! Our weather has finally caught up with the season change. Fall weather calls for homemade roasted tomato basil soup with a Parmesan crisp and toasty garlic bread. Yum! Ben thought I was crazy baking cheese on a cookie sheet, but I stand by that decision 100 percent. What are you having for dinner?

Place Mats, Everybody

I realize the place mat turned pillow cover concept is nothing new.  Because place mats are perfect and almost ready for stuffing.  So, here’s my version involving a clearance pillow cover, nail scissors, Velcro  embroidery floss, and an old down alternative bed pillow.  I like to use a small pair of scissors to cut along the bottom seam, making an opening for the insert.

Place Mat Pillow and Cover Tutorial Supplies

As luck would have it, I had a down alternative pillow in the closet (I think it came with our duvet insert).  Even luckier, when cut in half, the dimensions perfectly fit my place mat.

Place Mat Pillow and Cover Tutorial Insert

With my pillow cut in half, I sewed the open ends to create two 18 by 13 inch inserts.  Whenever I make a pillow, I like to have an opening to remove the insert for easy washing and storing of the covers.  The easiest way to do this with a place mat is with the help of Velcro   Hand stitch on the inside, if possible along the existing stitching.

Place Mat Pillow and Cover Tutorial Open Velcro

Close it up and the Velcro is barely noticeable.

Place Mat Pillow and Cover Tutorial Closed Velcro

Especially along the bottom of the pillow.

Place Mat Pillow and Cover Tutorial on Bed

The little border and metallic gold feather are my favorite parts.  And all for $1.99 because I had the rest of the supplies in my stash.

Place Mat Pillow and Cover Tutorial Detail

When I want a change, I can pull out the insert, store the cover and make something new.

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  1. Angel

     /  February 8, 2013


  2. Kel

     /  February 8, 2013

    omgosh this makes me really wish i could sew. I have the “original” pillows that came with my couch and I would love to have a removable cover that I could wash. Especially since my dog sleeps on them. Girl you could sell these on etsy and make a killing

    • Hey Kel!

      This was super simple, minimal hand stitching. No machine required if you already have an insert. With dogs especially it’s nice to have to washable covers.


    • Kel, I for one, do sell pillow covers on Etsy. Check out my shop, but by no means stop there. There are thousands selling pillow covers on Etsy. I’m sure you’ll find something you like.

      • Hey Teresa!

        Yep, Etsy is a fantastic source! So many choices and the option to talk to the seller directly to ask questions or make custom requests. :)


  3. Andrea

     /  February 11, 2013

    Where is the place mat from? I love the feather!


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