Placemat Pillows

I was looking at the naked bench next to my front door. It’s hard to miss actually…sticks out like a sore thumb. It probably could use a good coat of paint, but I have yet to pick out the color. So until then, I knew I needed something to dress this bench up.

This project was inspired by my lovely, very crafty friend over at Teachin and Preachin. She did not blog on her project, and she really should. You will agree once you see what I made…all thanks to an inspiring friend :)

Placemat Pillows

Aren’t these the cutest?!?!? Seriously! Now you see why I had to copy my ingenious friend!! (Let’s all go over to her blog and peer pressure her to post more…she makes the best crafts/projects!)

I found 4 matching placemats at Dollar Tree, but only used 3 to make the pillows…1 placemat per pillow. I thought it would be fun to use the fourth placemat to make a flower on one of the pillows…give it a little eye candy :)

Have you ever used a button cover kit? Coolest thing ever and so inexpensive. I bought mine at JoAnn’s for under $4. Make sure you buy extra replacement buttons…only 4 come in the kit. And you will love it so much that those 4 buttons will be gone in 10 minutes or less. Buttons on anything and everything…

I used a piece of lime green scrap material for the center of the flower. I covered my button with a white scrap from the fourth placemat. I already had the stuffing for the pillows…leftovers from the cute pillows I made for L’s bedroom

Sewing these beauts was super easy. Fold the placemat in half right sides together (or inside out) or in “hamburger style” as I say in my classroom :)  Pin and sew, leaving an opening to flip right side out and stuff. Hand stitch closed. Done. Love these pillows!

Can you believe these placemats came from Dollar Tree??? Granted they were really the only cute ones I saw and they are the exact same ones my friend used…but totally worth every penny…or 400 pennies :)

Yes, the bench is still in need of some love…but she is much happier with her placemat pillows… 


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  1. I want those, they are so cute….I can so see why you copied. Hey I just posted a 60.00 CSN giveaway on my blog…go enter:)

  2. OMGness, these are SO CUTE!! I’ve never seen anything like it and I just love everything about them…the style, fabric, and how hip they look. :)

  3. Just today I was talking to my designer about where to get buttons and she told me JoAnn’s make a button kit! I had never heard of that and now twice in one day! Just love, love, love your pillows, I could sure use you right now!

  4. Sounds like I need one of those button kits! Great project!

  5. Thanks Kara…that was so sweet of you to say:)

  6. I love that you used placemats for these – such a great idea!

  7. I just looove that fabric! Cute idea!

  8. Those placemats are from Dollar Tree?!? I’m so going over there to day to look for them! Super cute!

  9. Thanks for sharing the placemat finding. These are the colors I use in my guest bedroom and I am in search of fabric for accent pillows. Great job!

  10. Hi! Thanks for the invite to come visit you! I love the pillows, and I must visit my dollar tree to see if they have some of those placemats!

  11. I can’t believe you found such pretty fabric at the $1 store. What a wonderful custom job adding the flower. Thank you for linking with Fabric Fun Thursday.

  12. These are seriously fabulous!! What a great transformation! I am so going to make my mom some of these for her patio!! :) Thank you for linking up to my FFD party! YAY! All the best to you!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  13. Cute CUTE CUUUUUTE!!! I did something like that but with Fabric Napkins i found at World Market!!! I like the Placemat idea for outdoors, the fabric is more durable! Your Hot Mama!!!

  14. Very cute! Love the fabric/placemat pattern.

  15. Great job. Might have to steal this idea :) I just love the cute little flowers you make and I WILL MAKE ONE – one day.

  16. Very cute! I’d never guess that they made from dollar store placemats.

  17. Awesome pillows…love the colors! Thanks for sharing at It’s Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

  18. Thank you so much for linking up to I am having a Stash-Busting September party. Check the blog for details soon…

  19. Oh, these are darling and I love your sweet little flower you put on them.
    Great job.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. Oh, I love these! The colors are perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Love those! The placemats would match our new bedding…off to check the dollar trees and hopefully get lucky!

  22. Oh, so cute! what a quick way to make adorable pillows!

  23. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party this week!

  24. Awesome! I love the colors!

    Thanks for linking up at Craftastical!

  25. Hi Kara! Your pillows are simply stunning! What a clever idea. The fabric and embellishments are fabulous! I am featuring this today; stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  26. Cute! Love the fabric! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

    And link up all you want for more chances to win 30 days FREE ad space!

  27. How adorable! I love the flowers! Thanks for linking up to Hoo’s got talent! I am featuring you this week on my blog so feel free to grab a button!

  28. I featured these today on Hoo’s got talent!

  29. so darling! Love these pillows, especially the one with the flower on it. Darling fabric too. Thanks so much for linking to CraftOManiac. jENN

  30. I *heart* this fabric! I need to run my Dollar Tree now! The flower is a great embellishment. Thanks so much for sharing! Rebecca

  31. So cute! I have a fun placemat from the dollar store and I’m totally going to copy you. Thanks!

  32. Just wanted to let you know I featured this on Favorite Things Friday today! Feel free to snag a featured button if you would like!

  33. YOUR PILLOWS have been featured at THANKS jenn

  34. Clever, cute & easy. Love it! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday – you’re being featured this week, so be sure to grab a button to tell everyone!

  35. You were our favorite on Sister Sister Sunday! I hope you stop by to check it out, thanks for linking!

  36. Very nice. I love the pattern! Thanks for commenting on my blog – I’m glad I found yours!
    :) Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont

  37. Fantastic! I really love the placemats- I can’t believe they came from Dollar Tree. I guess I may have to make my way over there and have a look see.

    Great Project!

    Jessica at

  38. I can’t believe these are from the dollar tree!? So cute! They look like something straight from Pottery Barn.

  39. These are really cute & I wouldn’t have guessed they were from The $Store. I love making pillows from placemats, though, & always watch for cute ones on sale. Love the little flower you added.

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