My close friends know I have "campaign taste on a beer pocket book..." I can not get over the prices on some items. so when i can cut corners or make it myself I do. It may not be exact but the satisfaction of money saved is well worth it. One thing I do, rather than buy my pillows pre made I make them. Yes I do sew but anyone can make these. First find place mats that can be separated front from back. On this one I cut a small slit in the back , stuffed and whip stitched close.
Table runners can be made the same way to use on benches as well as bolster pillows for the bed. The only important thing to remember is you must be able to separate the two sides. for this one I carefully opened the hem stitch at the end of the runner, stuffed and whip stitched closed.
For those with a little sewing knowledge. It is much cheaper to buy Heirloom weavers place mats and sew a backing than to buy the beautiful pillows already made. I bought a set of 4 place mats for 34.99 and then backed them with quality black wool. They came out great. These have been well used and hold up well. Hope this tip helps you and inspires you to look at placemats with a new purpose.