Make a DIY No-Sew Pillow from a Placemat


When transitioning between seasons, one of my go-to swaps is refreshing my pillows. If you find yourself frequently buying new pillows like I do, the costs can quickly add up. So, an affordable and simple solution for creating your own pillows is to repurpose double-sided or reversible placemats!

I grabbed these cuties for under $5 at Walmart, they’re by Better Homes & Gardens.

What You’ll Need

Using a seam ripper, you just carefully open it up along one edge, about 6”, or enough to fit your hand in.

Next, you grab your filling.  I used stuffing from an old pillow I no longer needed, but you can buy filler at Walmart for around $5.  Just keep stuffing until you get your pillow’s desired firmness.

Make sure to fill out the corners when doing this though.

If you happen to have an extra hand nearby, have them help you, otherwise you can use a clip to hold it together in the center.

Now to close it up:

I’m using hot glue—you can use Hem Tape,  or stitch it up with a needle and thread if you have that skill, but I’ve found that hot glue is the easiest and fastest way to get this done.

Just run a bead of hot glue along the opening and then carefully press it together firmly.

Move the clip and repeat on the other side.  If you happen to have any gaps, just continue to glue until it looks seamless.


And there you have it!  An adorable and affordable throw pillow.

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