What do you get when you cross a bath mat and a sewing machine??? This DIY Bath Mat Pillow, of course! Take all that nubby, delectable texture and make a designer looking pillow with only 2 simple stitches.
I was getting some serious kicks and giggles out of asking my Instagram followers what they thought I made this pillow out of. It took an entire day before someone guessed it right on!
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I heard guesses like, a granny sweater, curtains, old poncho, vintage rug, afghan, and lots of guesses for a vintage chenille blanket. I actually have a couple old chenille blankets, and now I’m wondering if I should chop them up too!
Finally, someone said a bath mat, and they were right. I came across these ivory tasseled bath mats from World Market, while perusing for who-knows-what, and immediately I thought the fabric would look so good on a pillow. I actually loved them so much I also bought one for the Master Bathroom Spring Refresh, to be used for its intended purpose – as a bath mat. 😉
But I also think it was the perfect touch to the DIY bedding in my daughters recent bedroom makeover.
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*I also linked some bath mats I think would look great as pillows too!
More than learning how to sew bath mats into pillow covers, I hope to inspire you to look creatively at items you come across and imagine what else they could be. That’s always my favorite kind of DIY!
I made a video to show how easy it is.
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Now let me walk you through step by step of how to make a DIY Bath Mat Pillow.
- 2 Bath Mats
- Pillow Form
- The size depends entirely on the size of your bath mats. For these particular bath mats from World Market, a standard size pillow worked great.
You can see here how there was just enough room for seam allowance at the edges and left some overhang on the ends, which is exactly what I wanted.
This is pretty basic.
1 – Line the bath mats together on the edges and ends, right sides together. Pin if needed.
2 – Sew down both long edges, backstitching at beginning and end.
3 – Flip right side out and insert the pillow form.
Hmm. I feel like that was too easy!!
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
A few tips for you. This fabric is thick and can make your sewing machine a little angry.
1 – Take it very slow
2 – Use the handwheel instead of the foot if needed
3 – Lower your tension
4 – Use a fresh new sharp needle.
Curious about this space? Check out the other posts I have for more resources, such as paint colors and tutorials.
Now let’s talk about upcycling! Have you ever breathed new life into an item and made it something it wasn’t really intended to be? What’s been your favorite project? I’d love to know!