From Plaid Placemat to Cute Christmas Pillow

Hope you had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends!! We sure did! 🙂 I’m gonna have to work out a little extra over the next couple of weeks to counteract all the eating I did. 😳  But, it was worth it! Thanksgiving food is some of my favorite!!
So Thanksgiving is over and now I can talk about Christmas! I know, I know, I’m so far behind most of my blogger friends, but I am a purest – one holiday at a time. Also, with hosting Thanksgiving, I really don’t want to confuse my guests! 😆
You may have seen this project around the blogosphere before. It’s certainly not a new idea. But, it’s not one that I had tried before and thought you might like a tutorial. 😉
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I started with these supplies.
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I found the placemats at At Home on clearance. I got four for $3.25 which makes it $.81 for one. The trim I found in the ribbon section at Hobby Lobby and of course it was 50% off ($2.99).  I had poly-fil in my stash, but if not that runs around $3.99, unless you catch it on sale, or use your 40% off coupon. So, each cute pillow only cost me about $4 ($6.50 if I bought the stuffing) compared to the ones I have seen in the stores for around $20 each! For that savings, I’m happy to take a few minutes and craft them up myself! Plus, I love to craft!! Bonus!! 😆
First step is to open a small section of one of the sides. Big enough to get your hand in, but not too big.
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I stuffed the pillow next, but honestly I think it might have been easier to attach the trim before stuffing the pillow. Hindsight!
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If you are not adding trim, the next step would be to sew the hole closed, and you’re done. But, I wanted a little extra.
After I stuffed the pillow I started with the trim. I simply folded it over the edge and sewed it to the pillow by hand. (I don’t know that I would try using my machine with this fur trim, even if I put it on first – who knows what that fur might do!) No need for any kind of fancy stitch, just get it on there, the fur will cover them up.
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When you get to the end, make sure you fold over the edge of the trim to help keep it from raveling.
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That’s all there is to it! Look how cute it looks on our bed!
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Now, I’m excited to finish decorating this room for Christmas!! Yay!
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