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.
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.
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.
Close it up and the Velcro is barely noticeable.
Especially along the bottom of the pillow.
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.
When I want a change, I can pull out the insert, store the cover and make something new.
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Thanks! Loving it so far!
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
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.
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. 🙂
Where is the place mat from? I love the feather!
The place mat is from Target’s Threshold line. It was on clearance…