Photo: Van Chaplin; Stylist: Mary Leigh Fitts; Designer: Mary Leigh Fitts

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Part of the fun of decorating is adapting beautiful things to new uses. By simply sewing together two matching placemats, you can fashion a unique pillow to accent a sofa or chair in your home. For this project, you can use virtually any kind of soft mat that's appealing to you. Those that make up the pillows shown here are woven from a pliable synthetic material resembling straw. This project is so easy, you can sew up several in an afternoon.


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