No Sew Decorative Pillow Cover from a Place Mat

Yes, that’s right a decorative pillow cover from one place mat.  Ok, I know you seamstresses out there find yourself mortified but hear me out.   I was looking at the fall décor and saw a very pretty plaid place mat in the traditional fall colors.  Upon inspection I realized a couple of things.  There was only one place mat left and it was constructed out of two separate fabrics .  It was plaid on the front and a plain beige fabric on the back.  Would this work for a decorative pillow cover?

Pillow on sofa

The answer is yes.

Placemat Pillow Supplies

Here is what you need to make the pillow cover – two-sided fabric place mat, scissors, ribbon, heat bonding tape, iron, and an insert.

Opening back of placemat

First cut a slit in the plain side of the place mat.

Show the open back of placemat

Make sure your opening is large enough to slide in the pillow insert.  I already had a pillow that fit perfectly.

Binding the edges

Bond the ribbon to the raw edges of the slit using the heat bonding tape.

Pillow Closeup

Slide in your pillow insert and you are done.  How quick and easy was that?

Pillow Center sofa

Now all I need is a few more pillows in some of the lovely fall colors in the plaid of my No Sew Place Mat Pillow Cover.

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  1. What a great idea! The pillows are darling.
    ((HUGS)) Jo

  2. Oh my goodness: I would have never thought of this, but even with my total lack of sewing skills, I could do this!! I’m going to keep my eyes open for placemats that will work for this idea. Many thanks for sharing and for your clear instructions! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch


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