Because I feel pretty strongly that you can never have enough pillows in your house, I’m sharing a super simple (and reversible) DIY pillow project today that involves creating your own pattern on fabric.
Almost hard to believe that the mustard pillow in the front was once a blank placemat. Click through to make your own…and see what the color and pattern looks like on the reverse side.
Materials for DIY Reversible Pillow
- 2 plain placemats* that are the same exact size OR 2 pieces of heavyweight canvas that are both 12×18 or 14×20 (which are standard placemat sizes)
- 2 paint markers that work on fabric (I especially like these from Amazon)
- 1 bag of poly-fil stuffing – 12 to 16 ounces depending on how much you want to stuff it (for pillows)
- straight pins
Instructions DIY Reversible Pillow
1. This first step is optional, but if you plan to create a painted pattern on your placemats before sewing, this is the time to do it. I used 2 paint pens (the first one ran out just as I was finishing up the first pillow side, so that’s why I suggested buying two) and created a basic pattern with a little bit of a mud cloth vibe – lines, dots, and horseshoe shapes. And drew a different pattern for each of the two sides to make them feel the most variable when it’s flipped over.
2. Once the two pieces have been painted and have had plenty of time to dry, flip the two pieces so the wrong sides are touching each other (right sides out) and pin them together on three sides (if desired – they don’t have to be pinned, it’s up to you).
3. Sew the first three sides, joining the two placemats together, being sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. The example pillow was sewn about 1/4 inch in from the fringe to give you a guide of where you might want to sew for your own pillow.
4. Stuff the inside of the pillowcase with poly-fil until you’ve reached the desired thickness. Then pin the open side closed and sewn the remaining side, backstitching at the beginning and end.
That’s it! Now it’s ready to use. All materials considered, this project cost me $10 to make and looks far more costly that a $10 DIY.
My favorite kind of projects are the ones that don’t look like DIYs at all and I think this one (hopefully) qualifies. But let me know what you think.
Clearly my fave side is mustard yellow, since I have the most photos of that one. Ha! But I like the simplicity of the black side too. Definitely a different look.
Photography Brittni Mehlhoff // Sewing Emma Spear
Which of the two sides do you like better on this DIY reversible pillow? Have any placemats or fabric scraps sitting around that you could use for this?