Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Giant Floor Pillows

Seriously... this fabric is just plain yummy! I know I have bragged before about the awesome discount upholstery fabric in my neck of the woods. The place is called U-Fab, and they really are... well, fabulous!

Which is exactly why I could not resist jumping on the giant-floor-pillow-bandwagon. These pillows are fun for BB, incorporate my color scheme into the living room, and are not overpowering.

They are pretty simple to make and they are a great stash-buster. In addition to the yummy fabric, I used unwanted fabric from my stash pile, unused blankets, an unused mattress pad and even an old quilted grocery cart cover.  Plus I had some leftover stuffing from the loveseat project.




Both pillows are made from two large squares and four rectangles. For the larger pillow, the squares were about 36". The smaller pillow was about 30".

I sewed the rectangles to one of the squares with the right sides facing.  



Next I sewed the other square to the rectangles with the right sides facing.  At this point I had an inside-out square with the side edges opened.



I sewed three of the edges closed. Then I stuffed all my stash-busters into the middle and tried to even it out. Last, I used the stuffing around the top, bottom and outer edges. I hand sewed the last side together.

And there you have it:






** Edited to add**
I've had a lot of questions about the dimensions of the rectangles.  The rectangles on the large pillow are 7 inches. That is the finished measurement (without seam allowance). And the smaller one is 6 inches without seam allowance.  I used rather big seam allowances because I did not finish any of the edges.
Happy Sewing!

70 comments:

  1. I'm LOVING the combination of fabrics that you used. I've been thinking about making something like this for a while. You have inspired me!

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  2. I just found you through the Delightful Order link party. This project looks awesome and I love the fabric you chose! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. I am loving these! Way to go! Great color combos and way to use your stash. I bet your little one is loving these, I know mine would! Found you through HoH link party. xoxo

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  4. Ah! These are so awesome!!!

    Thanks for linking up. Please add a link back to our hop, please. You can only be chosen as a featured blogger if you link back.

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  5. Love the fabric combo! I keep thinking about making something like this for my kids for their bedrooms.

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  6. My kiddo would love this! He already swipes pillows from the couch to toss on the floor and lay on. Visiting from Eat, Make, Grow!

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  7. I came over from Somewhat Simple. Love your fabric choices for these super cozy looking pillows.

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  8. Your list of stuff used to stuff cracked me up! That is exactly the kind of thing I would do.

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  9. Love the fabric choices!

    I am hosting a Weekend Warmth party over at my blog and would love to have you share something!

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/

    Bobi

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  10. These are the coolest! You did a fabulous job. Love, love love!!!

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  11. Ooooo...floor pillows! So much fun! I love, love the fabrcs too.

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  12. I absolutely adore these pillows. I really want to make some now! I'm so glad that you linked up at our first linky party! I really hope you link up at Artsy Corner again!

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  13. Lovely!! The little one looks really pleased with them

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  14. What a great idea... bet they're used a lot by the kids!!! Well done making the stuffing from recycled fabric or from your stash!

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  15. I love these!! Can I give you my mailing address? {giggle} Thanks for sharing at LLR :)

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  16. Love this idea! My daughter would have so much fun! Really love your fabrics. Great job!
    Thanks for sharing at Artsy Corner!

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  17. I was linking up at Marvelous Mondays and saw your post. I just had to check it out. These are great!

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  18. I love these! I want to give it a try now!

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  19. What a great and clever idea to use up those fabric pieces lying around. I love the patterns you have used.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  20. thanks for sharing..

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  21. I've been looking for the right fabric to make my own version. These are so fab! I love your blog and am a new follower!

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  22. These are SO awesome!! I featured them on my Weekend Wonders roundup tonight!

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  23. Featuring YOU today over at Artsy Corner!!! Come see what I had to say about your awesome project and grab a button! You earned it!

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  24. So cute! I'm wanting to make some for our playroom, this tute looks super cute. And the fabric is SO FUN!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Those are fantastic! I love the fabric that you chose too. What a fun project. Megan

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  26. Love these!! I'll be making some for my sons room for sure! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  27. Lucky you for the close discount upholstery fabric store. I love these, thinking the grandsons need some! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. so you stuffed all those unused blankets in it? and it isnt lumpy?what is best to use if you do not have a lot of unsued blankets? annettestandrod@gmail.com

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  29. Just came over from the UCreate website. Great tutorial!! Even a novice like myself is feeling confident enough to try it!! =) Thanks for posting!

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  30. These pillows look like so much fun! I'll be featuring this fantastic tutorial later today at OneCreativeMommy.com. Please stop by and grab a featured button if you’d like. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

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  31. Gorgeous! Thanks for showing us your pillowy pretties, I want to make some!

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  32. Lovely!!
    I have an old foam cot mattress lying around - might have to try chopping it in half and making a couple of covers like this.

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  33. I've featured your Giant Floor Pillows today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/10/threading-your-way-features.html

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  34. I did this today!! It was pretty easy and super fun!!!

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  35. So cute! I love your color combinations. I checked out the website where you ordered the fabrics, do you remember what the name of the teal/blue one is called? And the yellow one too? I've been looking for fabrics like that! Thanks. chessamoore at yahoo dot com

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  36. Thank you! I now have my Christmas presents for 2012! You are a genius. xo

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  37. Are there mesaurements for the rectangles? Thanks!

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  38. I have got to do this to make an awesomely pretty bed for my dog. He always wants to be in the living room with me, but his bed is truly hideous. This is a perfect solution! :)

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  39. I'm getting ready to move and have zero living room seating-these pillows are a perfect solution for me! I love at how easy they are to make. Currently my kids are goind crazy over which fabric they each want.

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  40. If I don't have anything laying around to stuff the pillow shells with, what would you recommend? I LOVE this idea, and I'm a poor soon-to-be-newlywed college student so this makes me jump for joy!

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  41. Love this idea! Do you have exact dimensions for those of us that are newer to sewing? Thank you

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  42. Awesome Idea. made one yesterday for my 1 yr old that loves her beanbag chair. She has been laying on this, and its soo adorable

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  43. LOVE THESE! So cute & fun! Love the fabrics - inspiring, creative, and gorg!!

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  44. Mandy! We love these Pillows! Do you mind if we share on our website (newly redesigned today!)?

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  45. AWESOME!!
    I was wondering, I am having my dad build be a pallet couch, do you thinking these would work great as couch cushions as well?

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    1. My daughter is also asking for a pallet couch. When I saw the picture I also instantly thought of these as a possibility. Just one problem ... I am sew-challenged! But they do look perfect!

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  46. I want to make floor pillows for our play room and these would be perfect! What kind of stuffing did you use?

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    1. hi i used the foam fillers that can be found quite cheaply on e-bay hope that helps , joy :-D

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  47. Love your step-by-step tutorial. However, not being crafty or one who sews, I wondered if you would give further hints ... what to use in place of leftover stash? And as others asked, more exact dimensions on the rectangles? Thanks!

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  48. Mrs. Yazzie, I just made this project. I guessed at the depth for the rectangles and did 6 inch rectangles, this turns them into more like 5 inch depth when sewed up, for seam allowance. The original project has deeper sides/rectangles than mine, I can tell by the pictures, but mine came out really well, and I'm very happy with the result. I am guessing the orginal project had between 8 and 10 inch depth. That would make them 36" long and any where from 6" to 12" deep, depending on your personal preference. I used an old blanket we won't use any more, old sheets, scraps of fabrics to get the pillow bulked out and then added just reguar pillow stuffing for comfort and to fill it out. I also added a zipper to mine so that I could pull out all the stuffing, wash it and either re-stuff or eventually put all new filling inside. Great, easu project! I always sit on the floor and a floor pillow was just the ticket for me.

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  49. Do you have measuremets for side panels. Beautiful job you did

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  50. I work for a new home builder in our area and like to post different decorator ideas for homeowners and homeowners to be. The current trend in our area are homes with small lots and ex-large bonus rooms. These rooms offer great flexibility for using the space....i.e. tv/entertainment corner, reading corner, craft area, play area, etc. I would like to include a link to your tutorials with your permission.
    Thank you.

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  51. I'm not a sewer, and have always been intimidated by box cushions, but you make it look so easy. I'm gonna try!

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  52. Wow That is absolutely awesome .... It's such a pretty floor cushions.

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  53. Love these....they look just amazingly cozy!

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  54. Any tips on doing the corners?? I can't seem to get it right!

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  55. Thanks so much for the great post! I made a couple of your pillows and I love them. Posted about the experience and your blog here: http://poolepartyof5.com/2013/03/30/giant-floor-pillows/
    All the best,
    ~ Lesley

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  56. Hey Mandy,
    Thanks a lot for the wonderful share. I love your cushions as they are large and can be used in indoor or outdoor. The giant floor pillows can be a highly functional item too.

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  57. I'm working on some based on your post:
    http://creative-outpour.blogspot.com/2013/06/huge-floor-pillows-part-one.html

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  58. Great post thanks for sharing. Beautiful luxurious accessories complement a great new room design perfectly.

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  59. I just made two of these as dog beds for my two jack russels, Digby and Doug. I actually made two pillows and filled them with bean bag balls then adapted the pattern and made a slip for over the top of each. That way i can just take the slip off to wash. Thanks for the inspiration! The beds look fabulous and the dogs are enjoying their new sleeping quaters :-)

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