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Fall Leaf Accent Pillows

November 1, 2010

A few weeks ago I was talking to my cousin Deni and she showed me this great idea of hers.  She had bought a few placemats at Walmart and had turned them into fall throw pillows for the couch.  Yesterday during Creamie’s naptime I made a few for myself.  And here is a super easy mini tutorial for Deni’s idea.

placemats to pillows tutorial

Supplies Needed

  • Leaf Shaped Placemats
  • Matching Thread
  • Stuffing
  • Needle, Seam Ripper, Scissors


The placemats I used are from Better Homes & Gardens for Walmart.  They are embroidered faux suede on one side and lined on the back, they were $3 each.  Because my placemats are lined, I just needed to give them a little stuffing to turn them into pillows.

pick out stithces

I started by unpicking a few inches of the top stitching around the perimeter of the leaf.


Then unpick the next line of stitching that is holding the two sides together and open up your placemat.  You’ll need between 4 and 6 inches to add the stuffing.

yellow leaf

I recycled the stuffing from my old living room pillows.  You don’t need a lot of fluff, just enough to give your leaf a little cushiness.  (I used the guts from one old pillow to make these four.)

leaf mosaic

Then sew up your opening with a needle (or you could use your machine) and you’ve got a brand new fall accent pillow that cost just a few dollars and took 10 minutes to make.  Bingo!

four pillows

I wish all my projects were that easy.  Thanks for the great idea Deni. Oh, and it’s November!

26 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2010 7:29 am

    I thought the pillow designs are great for this time of year. Stll have a few weeks to use before the X-mass decor come out of the attic.

  2. November 1, 2010 7:50 am

    I LOVE this project! I saw those placemats and wondered what goodness could be done with them. I love that you don’t even have to resew the whole thing! I was expecting you to say sew two placemats together. Great thinking!

  3. November 1, 2010 7:58 am


  4. November 1, 2010 8:26 am

    wow! This is so cute! I think I will be making some this week…
    thanks for sharing!

  5. November 1, 2010 8:44 am

    this is totally something that even i can do! thanks for posting this… LOVE it!

  6. November 1, 2010 8:50 am


    Super cute and clever! Love the colors and the [faux] suede texture is to die for! Thanks for sharing!

    xo -El

  7. sewshabby permalink
    November 1, 2010 9:45 am

    Great idea! Those pillows look great, thanks for sharing!

  8. Kim permalink
    November 1, 2010 12:31 pm

    Totally awesome project! Even better that someone with limited crafting skills could totally handle this also 🙂

  9. November 1, 2010 1:33 pm

    SUPER CUTE pillows! LOVE. THESE!

  10. November 1, 2010 7:20 pm

    Those are really great!

  11. November 4, 2010 11:50 am

    I did some of these a few years ago for christmas pillows, but they were just boring rectangles! I love this because all of the hard work is done for you!!

  12. November 6, 2010 3:18 pm

    I wish I had a couch in my living room. This is totally something I could accomplish. What a cool idea. I bet this could be done for other holiday pillows as well as long as you could find place mats with two sides. This is such a cool idea.

  13. licia permalink
    December 8, 2010 2:01 pm

    this is creative i wanted to used them for my table but there all sold out here

  14. February 4, 2011 2:09 am


    I work with Kristin on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog. I’m preparing for our next tutorial round-up on the blog which will focus on pillows!

    We’d like to use a photo from this great tutorial.

    We will not include your actual tutorial. It’ll just be your photo with the link to your site giving you all of the credit, of course! Would this be OK? We respect the copyright of all crafters so all links and photos from blogs for our themed posts are used with permission.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

  15. June 29, 2011 3:38 pm

    This is an awesome idea. I just posted this as a link on my facebook page.

  16. Pat permalink
    July 30, 2011 8:03 am

    What a terrific idea! Thanks for sharing it with us. Blessings!

  17. September 27, 2011 11:51 am

    I fell in love with these placemat turned pillows when I saw them on another blog last week. I found some online and are looking forward to them being delivered soon. 🙂

  18. danielle permalink
    July 29, 2016 10:41 pm

    so sad…these are sooooo cute and i love them….anyone know where i can find these place mats now?? doesn’t seem like they’re available anywhere anymore 😦

  19. Leticia Avalos permalink
    October 11, 2018 9:54 pm

    Do you sell these ???


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