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  • Budget Decorating: Hearth + Hand Placemat Pillow Hack

    Have you checked out the new Hearth + Hand line from Chip and Joanna Gaines at Target yet?

    It's such a beautiful, well designed collection.

    I went on the release date and I loved so many things. AND my Target was passing out dark chocolate.

    It's like you know me, Joanna.

    But I'm on a budget. Womp, womp.


    Maybe you are too? Well here's a way to get $20 extra dollars to spend and still go home with the same stuff! It's not everyday you get to have your cake and eat it too!

    You buy this placemat ($4.99)

    instead of this pillow ($24.99)

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    and you make the placemat into a pillow and save yourself $20!

    I shared this DIY placemat pillow idea a few years ago but this is definitely my favorite one I've done. The embroidery stitches just make it look so finished. 

    Simplest hack ever. 

    1. Just seam rip a hole big enough for your hand in one corner of the placemat.

    2. Option 1: Fill it with stuffing (a whole bag is only a few bucks) and stitch it closed by hand as seen in this tutorial

    OR Option 2: Open up one whole side and stick in a pillow (one you're not using anymore if you're like me)


    3. Then just run it through the sewing machine for one straight line.

    (You could also hand stitch the whole side closed if you're without a sewing machine)



    That's it. You just made something with your hands and saved $20!

    Here's a few other things I got on my small budget that I think add cute touches!

    I got the 3 house cookie cutters for $2.99 and I think they add a fun silhouette when lined on the windowsill with a plant or added to a shelf with pictures.

    I also got the $2.99 brass bell that has a little slit on the top. These would be super cute place card holders for a dinner party or just a cute way to prop up a picture or phrase.

    And lastly I got this place card holder for $3.99 that acts as a perfect mini picture frame.

    I just cut a fun phrase out of a book and placed it right in. 

    Sky's the limit for changing this out with different things.

    So there you have it, I got a pillow and 3 small decorative pieces for just $15. 

    That's $10 less than just the price of the pillow.  #winning