Saturday, March 12, 2011

Easiest Cheapest Pillows Ever?

It's not often that I get out to shop around but every once in a while I get to sneak away all by myself, listen to my music, complete a thought, and peruse the isles of Target.  Yes that is a great night out as far as I'm concerned.  I did this a few weeks ago and I found these little pretties.  They are placemats and they were in the clearance section.  I have been wanting to add a little yellow to the house to brighten things up for spring so it caught my eye.  When I picked it up and realized it was just like a sad empty pillow I thought "well I can do that without even having to rearrange the whole house in order to get the sewing machine out".  And then I turned that baby around and saw....

Then I dug around and found this guy
Aren't they perfect and springy!
And then finally today I gathered up a few things like this..Oh I knew I had saved that filler stuff for years for a reason(I was actually nervous that it was going to have little creatures in it it's so old).

I picked at the threads with this
Pulled it apart
Stuffed it and stitched it up !
And now we have these springy cheap little numbers!  I went the easiest route possible.  I am sure you could add a zipper easily and put pillow forms in but it would be so simple to just do the same process again if I ever need to wash them(which I am sure I will) so it just wasn't worth the effort.  Oh and I don't know how to sew in a zipper yet..maybe someday!
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Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute, easy and cheap...all my faves! I never would have thought to open them up like that...very clever! Laurel

Pamma said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this. Have a couple of placemats myself that would make a great pillow. Thanks so much for sharing!
~Pam said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh this is awesome! I love the possibilities of a placemat!
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mary beth said... Best Blogger Tips

That is brilliant! So fresh and cute and EASY! thanks for sharing!

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

great idea and what a great find!


Kim @ Too Much Time said... Best Blogger Tips

FABULOUS!!!! I am totally doing this!

CM said... Best Blogger Tips

GREAT idea! The prints are gorgeous and look just right for spring.

laniebp said... Best Blogger Tips

I made a purse from a placemat nearly identical to your pillow. I love it!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea. I could use a couple springy pillows as well. Thanks for the idea!

simply fabulous said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE that idea! I may try some myself!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I have done this with fabric napkins I found on sale at Dillards. They were 2 for a 1.00!
I recovered an old pillow I did not like anymore. Napkins make the perfect square pillow!!!!

Love Mom

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute idea!! It looks so easy (if you know how to sew, which I don't) but great job!
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Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tiffani Rose
Thats the great thing about it Tiffany..YOU could totally thread a needle and close it up..Easy Peasy

SPARROW said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the smartest idea. And such cute placemats from Target none the less. Thanks for sharing the idea.

Emily Carter said... Best Blogger Tips

Well you get all the points for ingenuity! I love it. Thanks for linking up!

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said... Best Blogger Tips

OK that is amazing!!
How cute!!
I am so going to try this!!!

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Megan Gunyan said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous! Don't you just LOVE the clearance section at Target? I heart it. Your pillows are wonderful...I love the chairs, too!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

i am here from the blessed nest, lovely monday hop and have to tell you this is one of the BEST projects i have seen in a long time. why? because i love how cheap and SIMPLE it is!!! they turned out LOVELY!

Greta said... Best Blogger Tips

Ummm, yeah, you are my HERO!!!
I can't sew a zipper either and it's been holding me back from making pillows forever.
Now I am going to be making pillows till the cows come home!
Thanks for the inspiration.
Love from,

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! I must try this.

Jessica Griz said... Best Blogger Tips

I would also consider that a great night out! These are adorable. Thanks for the idea!!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

No way!! I just posted about making a pillow using this exact same method! Except I didn't even sew it up, just some heat n' bond! Yours look fabulous! Would love it if you came and looked at mine too! said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


Aaron {the girl with the boy's name} said... Best Blogger Tips

Now that is a GREAT idea! I guess I will be heading to Target tomorrow.
-Aaron {the girl with the boy name}

~Lavender Dreamer~ said... Best Blogger Tips

This really is the best! I always think...why didn't I think of that! Great idea! I'm going to go shopping! ♥

~Rosanne said... Best Blogger Tips

You are totally talking my language with this pillow! I love it and I already have clearence placemats waiting to be....beautiful pillows!
Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been looking for cute place mats, but have had no luck lately.
Very cute pillow! I guess I need to keep looking.


NicPic Photography said... Best Blogger Tips

i'm on my way to target on my lunch break...i am praying to find a cheap placemat!! thanks for the heads up!

reFresh reStyle said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the tip! Love the pillow!

At The Picket Fence said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my favorite kind of project! Adorable, easy and frugal. Great find and great idea! Thanks for linking up to Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence!


Christina said... Best Blogger Tips

I did this with some I found on major clearance at Kohls...but I looove the ones you found! They're perfect!

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

Jo (@ boogaloo) said... Best Blogger Tips

so genius!

laxsupermom said... Best Blogger Tips

Who doesn't love cheap & easy? Love the floral one! So pretty! I actually just picked up some ridiculously clearanced Valentine's placemats to use as pillow covers for next year. Thanks for sharing.

Jen @ Domesticated Nomad said... Best Blogger Tips

Great minds think alike! I just made a pillow out of the exact same placemat as your top picture with the yellow thread. I love it. I looks expensive but I hardly paid anything for it.

Rachelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic. This really expanded my options when digging around Value Village and the clearance bins. I couldn't find accent pillows for my bed and my two occasional chairs in the living room and now I have all for under $10.

Camilla said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my Gosh! that is hysterical! I can't believe we both posted about that with the exact same place mat. So funny!