Floor Cushions

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It’s Amy from Nap Time Crafters and Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop stopping in with a fun tutorial for the little guys! Today I’m going to teach you how to make these adorable floor cushions!

Perfect for taking a little snack break on.

Floor Cushions - The Ribbon Retreat BlogOr having a little rest.

Floor Cushions - The Ribbon Retreat BlogOr if you have older boys, these are also perfect for jumping! I have a 3 year old daughter and she loves jumping up and down on these without getting in trouble. 🙂

They have a zipper so you can remove the stuffing if you need to wash them. Not that my toddlers ever spill on things. 🙂 And a fun little handle for toting them around.

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Let’s get started!
I made 2 pillows but here’s the supply list for one 20″ floor cushion:
  • Fabric: I used the Moda Oh Deer line
    • 2/3 yard main fabric (this is the top, bottom and handle)
    • 1/2 yard contrast fabric for side panels (my cushion was 6″ tall. For a lower cushion you could get away with 1/3 yard)
  • 2 yards Medium or Heavyweight Interfacing: I added this to all of my pieces before starting.
  • 4 yards of piping (optional)
  • Foam: This can be pricey at the craft store. I cut up an old mattress topper, but I’ve heard you can also buy a big slab at Home Depot for $20 which would give you enough for 2 cushions. You can find it in the camping section.
  • Zipper: I used the 14″ zippers and with my heavy duty foam it was a bit of a squeeze so you may want to go a bit bigger.

1. Cut out a top and bottom circle with a 20″ diameter. I cut a string to 10″ and pinned it in the center and taped a pen to the other end to create a make shift compass (remember those???). I then folded it in quarters to make sure everything lined up well and cut them out. If you want to do piping, baste that to the outer edge overlapping your 2 ends. I find it’s easiest to use my zipper foot for this step.

2. For a 20″ circle your finished side panel needs to be 61.25″. I made my panels 7″ tall based on the height of the foam I was using (I wanted two 3″ layers in each cushion). If you get a nice long zipper you can go with two 31.5″ panels and use 1/2″ seam allowances to join them together. I’ll leave the rest of the math up to you, based on your zipper size. 🙂
The zipper panel needs to be 1″ taller than your other panels (mine was 8″) and 1″ longer than your zipper length. Cut the panel in half so you have 2 long skinny pieces and then with right sides together sew one side of the zipper to the 1st piece. 

3. Sew the other side of your zipper to the 2nd zipper panel with right sides together.

You’ll now have this…

4. Flip it over and topstitch the zipper to the fabric right along the zipper edge.

 5. For an extra pop, you can add piping along both short edges of the zipper panel.

6. I cut my handles to 9 x 5″. Press all edges in 1/4″ and then fold in half, with the long edges lined up topstitch around all edges. 

7. Center the handle on the non-zipper panel and topstitch each end in place with a barn door stitching pattern. You can either have the handle laying flat or you can scoot each end in a bit so the handle pops up. I think it’s a bit easier for little hands to grab if it’s sticking out some.

 8. With right sides together sew your panels together along the short edges. 

 9. Topstitch next to the piping. 

 10. Carefully pin your finished panel to the bottom piece. If it’s a bit to big or small your can adjust by changing your seam allowances from step 7. If you measured carefully you should be good to go. 🙂 Sew together right along the piping edge (I ended up using a 1/4″ seam allowance). 

11. Unzip your zipper at least 6″ and then sew on the top panel. Turn right side out through the zipper opening. 

 12. Cut your foam out using a serrated knife. I ended up using 2 layers of foam for each cushion. 

 13. Stuff the foam in and zip your cushion shut.

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 Hope you love them!


Thank you Amy! What a FABulous idea! I love these floor cushions and how dang cute your little guy is! These floor cushions are so fun and perfect for every play room, living room, snack time, or movie night. I love how decorative they are but how easy they are to make. These are the perfect addition to every little fella’s…or ladies collection of must haves.
Amy you are a genius!

Do you love these cushions? Every project Amy does for us is this awesome.
Want a reminder of the terrific tutorials by Amy?
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Pillowcase DressChristmas Pillowcase Tutorial - Easy dress for your cutie this Christmas! {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Amy is crazy talented, and we LOVE having her as one of our FABulous Contributors. Jump on over and visit Amy at Nap Time Crafters to see the rest of her creations. You will be truly inspired to create your own crafty creations. Are you in need of crafty supplies to make and create all you can imagine? The Ribbon Retreat has EVERYTHING you need to create these adorable floor cushions, dresses, crib bumpers and ANYTHING else you can think of. Click here to see all The Ribbon Retreat has to offer. With the Holidays quickly approaching and your Holiday craft to do list growing, our one stop shop will be the easiest and most inspiring stop you will make this Holiday season..

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  1. tanisha
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    LOVE it. we definatly need some of these for downstairs.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tanisha! Thank you for your comment! I think you need some too…as do I! Hehe! Have a wonderful day and thank you so much again for your comment! Michelle 🙂

  2. MamaG
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! No more trips to Walmart–I can make it myself!! Thanks for the know-how and the great projects!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi and thank you so much for your comment! I agree these floor cushions are genius! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  3. Megan
    Posted September 1, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    If a heavier fabric is used such as canvas or denim does interfacing need to be used?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

      Hi Megan! Thank you so much for your question. Amy suggests that if you are using a heavier fabric to skip the interfacing. Good luck with your Floor Cushions and thank you again Megan! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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