I'm sure I have not rediscovered the wheel here, but I have been making these for awhile. I turn an inexpensive fancy place mat into a throw pillow. I usually head to Pier I and first browse the pillow section. I cannot believe what they are charging these days for small throw pillows. Even on clearance you can pay over $20. I then walk over to the kitchen section and take a look at the place mats. Place mats these days are gorgeous; little works of hand crafted art. Way to pretty to spill food on. The one I used for this pillow was $5.95 full price. I rarely pay full price for anything, often paying only 95 cents for these on clearance. But, I splurged. I thought the crewel work detail was worth it, and it was still only a fraction of what the finished throw pillows were going for. This is such and simple and satisfying little project. You take a seam ripper and gently pull apart a few inches of one end. It makes a perfect little pillow case that you then stuff with pillow stuffing. I often take an old pillow apart for this. Just stick the stuffing in and hand sew it up with tiny stitches, or fabric glue will work too. That's it!
I am linking with Primp at: http://micheleravendesigns.blogspot.com/. It's a Wednesday link party and I am a little late, but with no power for a week and all it is what it is. :) Not too late for a Saturday Nite Special though.