Happy Halloween everyone! I finished this project just in time to enjoy it today and am so pleased with how it turned out I just had to share. It started with these fun spider place mats I found in the dollar section at Target. I think the pair were just $3.
I loved the cute fringe on the edges and that the simple pattern didn’t scream Halloween since I’ve moved to more neutral decor, even for holidays. The place mats already had hems around each edge and had a felt backing. I’d seen several tutorials on opening up one side of double sided place mats to make pillows but since these weren’t double-sided and I don’t sew, I took the easy route with fabric glue.
While getting a little TV time in, I put a bead of glue around three edges on the back of one place mat and carefully aligned the other one to match.
The glue instructions say to wait 30 minutes to allow a good bond. I compressed the two place mats together under a cutting board with several heavy items on top of it for about 24 hours to make sure there was a really good bond since this would be a pillow – plus it was already late at night and I had work the next day! I was left with this cute pocket ready for filling.
I stuffed fiber fill I’d kept from one of many pillows the dogs had worn out until it started to look like a pillow. I ran another bead of glue along the open edge and pushed the two edges closed. Now that the pillow was filled the cutting board compression method wasn’t feasible so I dug out a bag of clips I’ve kept and used those along the edge to keep everything together. I let that sit overnight as well because I had to be away from the house the whole next day. One of the clips did stick a bit due to some glue that oozed out the side, but I gently pulled the spot back and was able to remove the clip without any issue.
And here’s the finished pillow! Isn’t it adorable?! I was at a workshop all weekend so I took advantage of a photo shoot setup to get a couple of good daytime shots for you.
The pom pom fringe was what initially drew me to the place mats and it’s the perfect finishing touch to keep this little pillow fun rather than spooky.
And it looks awesome paired with my velvet boo pillow I got at JoAnn Fabrics this season! They look so romantic with this set-up and yet still neutral and festive.
Once it was done the Hubs pointed out that I put the place mats together in opposite directions so when you flip it over the other side is upside down, but that’s not a big deal thanks to the semi random pattern. Since the care instructions are spot clean I plan to keep both of these pieces up high and away from the fur babies, so they last and I can enjoy them for several years.
This was such a quick and easy project that I’m sure I’ll do more like it. In fact I have a couple of place mats from our trip to IKEA last year that I plan to do something just like this with, so stay tuned for those! Until then go grab your costume and find some treats rather than tricks! I’ll leave you with a few more shots from my fun Halloween themed photo shoot I mentioned in my previous post to get you ready.