The Easiest DIY Pillows (Ever)

July 03, 2015

Earlier this week I shared some easy Fourth of July ideas, one of them being a simple holiday pillow idea:

table linen pillows

I have a wee bit of an obsession with pillows. I'd put them up there with throw blankets and magazines in this house -- I have a lot of them. They are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to change up a space! Some of you may have noticed I changed out some of the pillows on the window seat in the kitchen. I loved the blue and green pillows but they weren't working with the rest of the great room. 

So I'm using those in other spots and went a little more neutral with my favorite color, blue. :) I kept the dark blue striped pillows there and added some from Target and a couple I made from my favorite section in the store -- napkins: 

pillows using napkins

I did some research online first and decided on these large striped napkins from West Elm. The bonus was that they were on clearance for $16 for four (in the store) so I was able to make pillows for $8 each! (I had the inserts.)

It's so easy -- no cutting needed, but you do have to have some basic knowledge of a sewing machine. You could also hand stitch these -- it wouldn't take that long to do one.

Some of my favorite pillows are made from fabric that's meant to be on a table. ;) One of my favorite stores (sadly they recently closed their stores) was C. Wonder -- I found the cutest placemats there years ago and filled a couple to make pillows (the green):

placemat pillows

I added a tufted button to this one but it's not needed, I just liked the little detail. You can see how I do the placemat pillows in this old post -- it's incredible easy and only a small bit of hand stitching is needed to close them up. 

I frequently browse the Pottery Barn (and West Elm) table linens to see what they have for pillows. I've used both napkins and placemats from those stores numerous times. It gives you the Pottery Barn look for a lot cheaper: 

pottery barn pillows for less

And I find this to be especially useful when it comes to holidays when you don't want to spend a ton of money for items you'll only have out a short time. I made these placemat pillows last fall

inexpensive seasonal pillows
The best part is the price, but it's also awesome that they are easily cleaned if needed. :) Keep in mind the placemat shape will be longer and skinnier like a lumbar pillow but the napkin size is perfect for an 18x18 insert. 

I've shared this a few times over the years but I love this easy decor trick so much it's worth sharing again! Have you tried this before? Are you obsessed with the table linen aisle like me?

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  1. LOVE this idea! And now I want some placemats and napkins pronto!!

  2. Do you do the napkins the same way as the placemats? Are the doubled sided, r do you sew 2 napkins together?

  3. After seeing this idea on your site before Christmas I made some really cute pillows from placemats from Target with the words Joy and Peace as gifts. Everyone loved them.
    Now my kids tease me that I really don't need to make any more pillows when I head down that aisle if they're shopping with me.


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