pillow from placemats

A couple of weeks ago I decided I needed a new throw pillow.  So I searched all my favorite places:  Target, Home Goods and even Walmart with no success.  Too big, too small, too expensive or not the right color.  I even looked at fabrics to see if there was something I could make one with.  No luck. 

Then I made another trip to Target and ended up in the kitchen aisle and found the perfect color of fabric...in place mats. 

But they were the right size so I decided to make them into a pillow cover.

I first sewed around the edges on 3 sides.

I left the 4th side open...

so I could shove the pillow inside.

It was a tight fit, but it worked!

Then I smooshed the entire thing up under the foot of my sewing machine and stitched the open side closed.  I was worried about whether the thickness of everything would work with my sewing machine, but I didn't have any problems.

It's the perfect color of blue for my living room, a cute pattern and was inexpensive.  I love projects like that!!