DIY Pillow Mats

Featured Writer: Leigh Ann Phillips
With Summer upon us, we moms are planning the details of Summer vacations.  The balance between keeping the kids happy and taking too much can be difficult.  (Do you like my thinking face?)
I found this idea on Pinterest and decided to try it.  
 The kids were involved in every step of this project.  They helped me pick out unstained, coordinating pillowcases from Goodwill and my 9 year old helped with the pinning and the sewing.
The pillowcases were 99 cents a piece so without the pillows, the beds cost $4.00 a piece.

Some of the pillows were a little longer than others so I turned the longer one inside out, measured the longer against the shorter,  pinned the longer one, and hemmed.

Then I sewed the sides of the pillowcases together in the pattern the kids chose being careful to keep the seams on the same side of the bed.
The kids love these because they’re so comfy. They’re portable too.  Without pillows, they can fold up and be placed into a suitcase or you can lay them in the back of your minivan (because everybody has a minivan, right) under the suitcases.
Hi!  I’m Leigh Ann!  Outside of my Lord and my family, I have two passions – photography and sewing. You can find me at Sew Blessed.

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19 Responses to “DIY Pillow Mats”

  1. June 5, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    i love this idea… fun for grandkids too.

    • June 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Yes, great to have around the house for the g-kids and if you take the pillows out it’s easy to store.

  2. Eva
    June 6, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    So easy, so tempting. Maybe I will pull out the sewing machine this week. Thanks for the great idea.

  3. June 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Looks awesome! Great job!

  4. Rebekah L.
    June 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    How cute! My girls would absolutely LOVE to have something like this – pinning!

  5. jpnlpinlove
    June 8, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    Thanks for the sweet comments! We are on vacation now and they are really coming in handy!

  6. June 9, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    I love this…a good idea for when my grandsons sleep over..they love pallets on the floor…

  7. June 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Such an awesome project! And you did it on the cheap too with the goodwill cases! Perfect for summer days outside. Thank you for sharing!


  8. sewwoodsy
    June 11, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    How adorable is this? What a creative way to turn placemats into something new!

  9. evelyn513
    June 11, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    This is just too cute, when my kids were teenagers they would have loved it:) Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays. Have a super terrific week!

  10. June 11, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    What a great idea. I’ve never seen anything like this, but I think my girls would love it. It’s a simple enough project that with my elementary sewing skills, I believe I could do it.

  11. June 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    What a great idea! I love that you were able to upcyle – Goodwill is becoming my favorite store.


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