I mentioned in Monday’s post (6 Simple Pillows Literally Anyone Can Make!) that I had a couple of leaf place mats like Becca at Home is Where the Story Begins used for making her leaf pillows. Remember that cute title, “Those Aren’t Pillows!!!” ? Be sure to read her post to find out the movie that uses that quote as a funny line.
Some of you were excited about making Becca’s pillows. Since Becca didn’t exactly show how she made her pillows, I decided to make my place mat pillows and show how I did it – with in-process pictures. There are three basic steps.
The process is very simple and didn’t take much time at all. I scavenged my stash and found the place mats that I’ve only used once or twice. Mine came from the clearance shelf at T. J. Maxx a few years back. I’d hoped to get more colors the following year but didn’t find them in the same fabric.
STEP ONE: Open the seam at the lower edge.
All you need is one side of the stem opened up. Snip away the tag’s attachment threads first.
You’ll need to get a seam ripper to cut the connecting threads between the two sides. Careful not to put a hole in the fabric. Patience is key here.
All you need is enough room to get one hand inside the place mat.
STEP TWO: Gently load the stuffing.
This is my favorite stuffing that Wal-Mart sells. It’s silky-feeling and doesn’t lump or harden over time. A bonus is the zippered plastic bag – easy to open and close with no stuffing escaping.
Load small wads of the filling into the small opening. Don’t fill too much. You don’t want it too tight – just softly filled.
The main thing is to reach into the pillow with one hand and push the filling into the “fingers” of the leaf. (Ha! Winston is always watching!)
STEP THREE: Stitch the opening together again.
The turned part from the original seam is very tiny, so tuck the edges inside as you stitch the closure.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. The lower edge of the pillow doesn’t show much at all.
I liked the first pillow so much that I kept going until the second leaf was done. I’ll use these pillows far more than I used them as place mats!
Aren’t they fun? When I bought the place mats, I wanted to collect all four colors, but I like having a matched set of pillows now! 🙂
Are you motivated to make these pillows? What other fall place mats do you have for this type of project? (I have two random pumpkin place mats in my stash, so I’m temped to keep going.)
These would be easy and fun to make on a trip in the car! Easy to take along and then use for a nap while riding home (wink). What do you think?