Sewing some stylish floor cushions or poufs is a fun project and kids love them! I saw some of these online selling for about $250 - see here for one made by West Elm and it looks just like the recent one I made in green! This project isn't overly difficult, but takes a bit of time - much of which is from ironing!

Materials Needed:
  • Thick home-decor fabric or outdoor fabric
  • Iron-on Fusible interfacing (only necessary if your fabric needs to be a bit thicker) *I was using a home decor fabric and still added some interfacing to make the material thicker and more stable
  • One zipper - be sure it's at least as long as the widest part of the cushion, ie: 18 inches *if longer, you can easily shorten it
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Thread: I highly recommend that you use a strong upholstery thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Seam Ripper
  • Optional: if you want to add piping, you'll need the cording & extra material to do so
  • Some type of stuffing - it is up to you, but if the chair is as large as the ones in the picture, you need some heavy stuffing material *please read what I used in the last steps of this instructable

Step 1: Cut out your Fabric

Cut out your fabric pieces. You'll need:
  • (2) Large Fabric Squares - for the chair I made in green, they were approximately 18 x 18 inches
  • (4) Smaller Rectangles - each piece 10 x 10 inches
Bobbin & Thread:
Make sure your sewing machine bobbin is full and your needle threaded with some thick upholstery thread or some other strong thread.

Fusible Interfacing Time:
If you want to be sure your fabric is extra stable, now is the time to iron in the fusible interfacing. Although my home decor fabric was pretty thick to begin with, I still added the interfacing and I think it made a big difference in the appearance and structure. For the larger square chair with the brown colored bottom to it, I didn't add any fusible interfacing and you can see in the photos that it doesn't look as good as the rest of the chair. The reason that one is multi-colored is because I ran out of fabric! The top portion is a very thick outdoor decor fabric. Next time, I am using the interfacing!

Ironing & Seam Allowances:
Iron every piece you cut & fold over the edges to create a seam allowance of at least 1/2 an inch on all sides. 3/4 of an inch is fine too - just be consistent on all pieces.
Love These! Tommy & your son are excellent models, too!
Your son is so cute! *squeals* Great idea too!
Aww thanks so sweet!
Sorry for the late reply! You're welcome. You make such cool stuff!
Verry nice! I can tell is very comfy looking at your sons smile! Good Job Hollymann! <br>I think I will do the same while laying down w/ A book,a nurf pistol on hand and a nerf machinegun by my side ready for battle. =D
Thanks PitStop - loved your comment! :) Made my son laugh! Definitely stay ready for the battle - need lots of nerf guns by your side!
<p> Yup yup.. and lots of ammo !! Glad to make someone laugh! ;)<br> Hey, I also wanted to mention that for stuffing you can recycle cushions from sofas that someone wants to get rid of or puts out by the road to go to the landfill. Also if you have a few heavy quilts/comforters maybe when in storage when not in use. The clothes is a great idea as long as you remove some buttons you might feel when sitting on them. Like the ones on some jeans.</p>
Those are excellent ideas and tips. I like your ideas for the stuffing/filling for these things! I used a quilt/blanket that I had stored and it worked perfectly. And with the clothing -definitely remove all buttons! :)
Thanks Jessy! It is perfect for reading! I made a little reading corner in the living room for my son and he loves it!
So cute! I think I might have to give this pattern a go - this would be perfect for reading, and I bet my cats would love it. :)

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