DIY Gold Polka Dot Pillow (from a placemat!)

Anyone else going crazy for this gold polka dot trend?

First I bought the cute little Kate Spade notebook. Adorable, right?



Then I found the wrapping paper at Target. And don’t even get me started on the wall decals (I’ll be sharing that project soon!|)




But when I spotted this adorable gold dot pillow by Caitlin Wilson I seriously wanted to buy it a drink. I was so in love.

I bought the notebook because it was under $15 and gift wrap is cheap but the pillow was waaaaayyyy out of my league. Besides, I’m never going to pay more than $25 for a pillow. Ever. And that one starts at $65. So not happening. I began hunting for fabric to make my own.  Ummm….No. There was nothing in my little small town that was even close and anything I found on-line was either way off or way too expensive.
So when I saw these plain little white place mats at Bed, Bath and Beyond for around $5.49 each, I had an “aha moment” and grabbed the few they had left. I figured I could cut them open, paint them, stuff them, and stitch them back up to make my own pillows.This was so crazy easy, I almost feel silly for doing a tutorial but here goes. I just used a round sponge brush and some gold craft paint.



I used my stitch ripper to open one side and pulled out the loose thread.  Then I slid some cardboard between the layers to keep the paint from bleeding through and started dabbing the dots on the place mat.


Since I wasn’t too thrilled with the flatness of the finish, I pulled out some gold glitter paint and sponged the sparkle on top.

One small oops but it was easily covered with some white paint.


Then I added the stuffing and hand stitched the end closed.  You could also use fabric or hot glue to make this completely “no-sew”. The place mats are pretty stiff which means it’s not a terribly practical pillow. But it is cute. Mission accomplished.  Now if I could get the boys to stop jumping on it, that would be spectacular.
Easy DIY gold dot pillow from a placemat.


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  1. Such a great idea! So creative and beautiful! We would love for you to come and link up with us Your Designs This Time, Mondays 8:00 EST.
    Hope to see you there!
    Emily & Erin

  2. I found you via Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House! I LOVE the gold polka dot trend. Would you like to come redo my office for me? 😛 Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Great idea, and it looks smashing.
    Way better than spending $65 was it on a pillow. I am with you, could never bring myself to spend that much
    on a pillow…………..
    Polkadots are just so cute.
    Blessings, Nellie

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