Monday, March 5, 2018

DIY Quick & Simple Floor Cushions!

One day I was looking at my kids sitting on the ground in front of the TV and it occured to me how nice it would be to have some sort of seat for them. Even though we have plenty of seating options, my kids (especially Isabelle) almost always choose to sit on the ground. They took over the new mattress topper we purchased for our sofa bed, but I knew that couldn't last long. As much as I don't care how my house looks from day to day, a full size mattress in the middle of the living room just isn't practical. I kept thinking about how nice it would be to have some sort of cushion. After researching and realizing how pricey they could be, I decided to try my hand at making my own.

I looked online for different tutorials and DIYs on how to make my own floor cushion. (You can also call them a floor pillow, pouf, or ottoman. My son calls his a bean bag.) After some searching, I ultimately decided to work off of THIS tutorial. I love how simple and easy to follow the video is and I think the finished product is a great size.

I didn't deter too much from the original instructions, but I did add a carry handle which I think is a must have with how I planned on using them. I used duck canvas from Hobby Lobby and Joanns and included the zippers as well.

Things to know:

  • You're essentially making a 23"x23"x12" box. You need two 23" squares and four 23"x12" rectangles. Make sure you're including seam allowances when measuring your fabric. I used 1/2" seam allowances. 
  • Purchase 2 yards of a thick fabric like canvas and a 22" invisible zipper.
  • Decide on what kind of filling you want to use. Bean bag filling was pricier than I anticipated and it'll make your project cost go up quickly. 
Filled with one bag of bean bag filling.

After trying out different fillings, my favorite filling is blankets over bean bag filling. I am not a huge fan of the weight, but I do think it's considerably more comfortable especially since we're using these as giant pillows. My son does like the bean bag filling though because he can mold it to whatever he wants. It's definitely lighter which makes it easier to move around.

Perfect for an impromptu picnic.

What do you think? Have you tried making your own floor cushion yet? What did you fill it with? 
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