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Hello friends! I have a quick, easy and inexpensive DIY home project for you today! Accent pillows are an easy way to add holiday touches to a room. But sometimes you cannot find just what you are looking for OR you find something you love that costs a fortune. Am I right? Well, I have a solution for you! Today I am going to teach you how to make DIY Christmas pillows from placemats. It only takes about 5 minutes to make DIY Christmas pillows and you can find beautiful placemats to use for only a couple bucks! Best of allcustomized gifts for her, this project requires minimal sewing and the result is stunning!

Before you check out the full tutorial, I wanted to let you know that I have some gorgeous Christmas printables in my super affordable printable art shop that I think you will love! You can check them out below:

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1) Use your seam ripper to remove about 5 inches of stitching along one edge of your placemat. You need to create an opening large enough for your hand to fit in.

2) Fill your placemat with polyester fiber fill.

3) Stitch your placemat closed again.

YEP. It's that easy to make these DIY Christmas pillows! Don't believe me? Watch just how quickly this project moves along with this short video. Enjoy :)

Now check out how pretty these inexpensive pillows turned out. It took me about only 5 minutes to complete each pillow!

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my full 2015 Christmas home tour, as well as my otherDIY Christmas projects! And be sure to pin this post so you can find it again later :)

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In garment construction when you sew two pieces of fabric together the seam allowance is left on the inside of your garment (along with the raw edges of the fabric). Adding a finish to these seams will keep the fabric from fraying, give the seam a clean finished look, and add strength to the seam. Today let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular ways to complete your garment with seam finishes 3 ways.

Originally published August 15, 2014.

Anyone who sews regularly knows that when you finish a project you always have a pile of thread ends (little pieces of thread you snip off). Years ago when I had a handmade business and sewed hundreds of purses a month, I noticed after a sewing session that there was this unexpected beauty in the pile of discarded thread on my sewing table. The colors all intertwined to create a wild abstract rainbow of color and texture. I just couldn’t bring myself to toss the thread scraps into the garbage. I rolled them up in a ball and realized that it sort of looked like a flower. After a few failed attempts at creating a flower from the thread scraps I perfected the process with a bit of interfacing, felt and sewing a pattern over the ‘flower’ to keep the threads from moving and the flower intact. And…the thread flower was born! The thread flower became one of my trademark designs as it was one of the most popular motifs for the bags and purses I made. For this project I took the same idea and created a pin so you can add it to just about anything.