Floor Pillows – For the Kiddos {a tutorial}

In case you missed my post over at Ginger Snap Crafts,
 I am going to show you how to make this floor pillow.

First, I have to tell you why I wanted to make this.
I’m from Texas and well, its somewhere around 200 107 degrees here right now, so I let my otherwise normally outdoor dog inside. He has a LOT of hair, so much that I could make puppies from the hair he sheds. It’s gross and I hate that he is inside so much (mainly because I don’t want to vacuum 3 times a day). Anyways.. my children seem to think Stewart’s (dog) bed is their playground, which leads to hair all over them (I hate this so much!).

and so it I made them their own “dog” beds : )

 
Supplies

Home Decor Fabric
Muslin, or other cheap fabric (for pillow form)
coordinating thread
2 pkgs piping
poly fil
zipper
scissors
sewing machine


1. Cut out all your fabric pieces.
You will need:
2 – 19″x 19″ squares (top and bottom)
3 – 19″ x 7″ rectangles (3 sides)
2 19″ x 4″ rectangles (zipper side)
4 – (handles)



2. The Handles
First, pin the raw edges of piping to the right side of the fabric you cut out for the handles – Do this on both edges of two pieces

         Using your zipper foot, sew along the piping. 
Then, put your other two pieces on top of each of these, right sides together and pin. Turn over (so you are sewing on the back of the piece with the piping) and sew along the seam from the piping.

Turn your tube right side out, fold in the edges and stitch closed.

Now, we are going to attach the handles to the sides of the floor pillow.

Center, the hand on one of the 19″ x 7″ pieces. Stitch a box with and “X” in it, double stitch to make sure it is sturdy

Do this again on another “side” piece. Then set those aside.

3. Insert a zipper
on the two 19″ x 4″ pieces of fabric using my zipper insertion instructions here
Now set that aside (all your side pieces are finished)

4. Piping
To add the piping around the edges you will pin it all the way around your 19″x19″ squares on the RIGHT side of the fabric, matching up the raw edges just like on the handles. Then sew it down using your zipper foot. Do this to both the top and bottom pieces

5. The Sides

Now, you are going to attach the side panels to the top panel. Make sure the two pieces we attached the handles to are opposite each other : ) Line up your side panel right sides together with your square. and sew along the stitching from when you attached your piping. This makes sure you have a very clean edge with your piping!

Once you are done with all the sides, it will look like this!

6. Forming the box
Now you will match up the short sides and sew them up. Make sure you don’t sew onto the top panel, but get close enough to close it up. This is what it looks like.

7. The bottom piece
Now take your other 19″ x19″ square and line up the edges, and sew it up following your stitch line from the piping. When you are done, you will have a box. HINT: Make sure you unzip your zipper BEFORE you sew it all up so that you don’t have to wiggle it open to turn it right side out : ) Lesson learned!

8. The Pillow Form
To make the pillow insert, I cut all the same pieces out except I did for identical side panels since we won’t need a zipper. Follow the same instructions as above, you just don’t have to worry about piping! Don’t forget to leave one edge up to turn and stuff. The sew up your hole and now you have a pillow insert!

9. Insert the Pillow and ENJOY!
Your kiddos can sit on them, fly on them, drive them, drag them, and more than likely throw them : )
My son already loves his and carries drags it all over the house.
Now it’s time to make one for the princess!

Please email me if you have any questions on the tutorial! I would be happy to help : )
If you make one, I would love to see it!

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Comments

  1. sstone says

    That looks so fun! I had a quick look at all your tutorials, and they look like they are going to be very helpful.:) I'm a new follower from Woot Woot Wed.:)

  2. Johanson Family says

    Looks fun– if I could sew, so for now I just admire from afar and clap for you b/c you always come up with great ideas!

  3. sweetybird09 says

    Great job on the dog beds, looks so professional, I used to have my golden retrievers in all the time :)Hair all over but now that they are gone I would take the hair just to have them back :(

  4. Shelley says

    That is so funny to me because mine does the same thing! I'll see her making a move for it right as we're about to leave the house – I'm all "NOOOOOO!!!!!" in slow motion as she hurdles her body into the mess of dog hair. Egh!

    LOVE the floor pillow. I think I'll have to do this :D

    Shelley
    http://www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

  5. door hanger template says

    Looks really nice! My kids loves sitting on floor than on chairs, so this would be great to have. Its good that I have some fabrics left it'll be nice to make one. It seems easy, thanks for sharing that on details!

  6. At The Picket Fence says

    That looks fantastic! Like something from Pottery Barn. Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

  7. MJ @ 517 Creations says

    I love this! It looks similar to pillows found at Land of Nod…but in custom colors and (I'm sure) much more budget-friendly! Great job!

  8. - Laura says

    Perfect timing!! I saw your link over at A Law Student's Journey just now!! Just yesterday I was thinking about pillows like for our youth group's room but they're expensive. I wake up today and see your tutorial!!! Thank you so much!!

    I'm going to be a new follower in about 10 seconds!! :)

  9. Heather says

    I love that pillow. I need to make some of these for our play room. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for linking to the So Creative Party!

  10. Blooming Sisters says

    These would be invaluable for camping too! Do you mind if I link to your bost in our Saturday Tutorial Round-Up?

  11. Dianewr says

    You are doing a wonderful job with the tutorials! You might want to enter our contest at Blooming Sisters! We are on WordPress.

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