I will freely admit that I’m constantly checking out the holiday stuff at Target, especially in the dollar spot. I’ve got a couple projects I want to start on so I was looking for supplies. This week while looking for supplies for one project I found supplies for another one. For just $3 I found what I needed to make some super easy and adorable decorative holiday pillows.
This project can be done with hand sewing, hot glue gun, or fabric glue – so don’t think you have to have a sewing machine to make this happen. If you have two hands and a tiny bit of patience you can make this project in less than 30 minutes.
I picked up these super cute sets of place mats for just $3. I saw them and they caught my eye, but I didn’t get them because they wouldn’t work on my table. But when I saw them again the next week a light bulb went off – I could totally use these to make a pillow. The print is cute, the edges are finished already, and they even have super cute pom poms on the corners. And since it was a set of two you have the front and back of the pillow with only one purchase.
This project has three super simple steps:
1. Close up the two long sides and one short side.
You can do this with a sewing machine, by hand with a needle and thread, or with glue. I used my sewing machine so that there was more chance of the pillow surviving more than one year.
2. Stuff the pillow!
I saved the inside from my two old couch throw pillows, so I just used the stuffing from one of those.
3. Close up the second short side using whatever method you used in step 1.
Ta-da! You now have a super cute decorative holiday pillow. I actually bought two sets of the Christmas place mats so that I could have a set to put on the couch.
If you want to be able to wash your pillow you could make this a pillow cover by leaving one of the ends open. Consider adding Velcro to one end, then you could just take out the filling and wash the cover (perfect if you have kiddos or pets). Another option is to add some decorative buttons to one of the ends. Either option is pretty easy and doesn’t require a lot of extra time or supplies.
I also found a set of heart shaped place mats that I used to make a Valentine’s Day pillow. I went one step further and used my Cricut to cut out some iron-on letters for the pillow. It was a simple step that made the pillow a little more custom. Thankfully I had the supplies needed for this additional step so it didn’t cost anything.
I will definitely be keeping an eye on the dollar spot from now on for place mats that I can turn into simple holiday pillows. My only problem now is figuring out where to store them!