How to Sew a Big Floor Pillow

Written by brynne chandler
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Lying in front of a fireplace on a rainy day or in a patch of sunlight that only appears on a slow afternoon are some of the best simple pleasures to be had. Even better is having a cosy cushion to curl up with. Fortunately, even if you are new to sewing crafts, it takes just a few minutes to learn how to sew a big floor pillow, and not much longer to actually make one.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • 2 bags of polyester fiberfill
  • Optional:
  • Buttons
  • Trim
  • Fringe
  • Appliques

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    Cut two squares of fabric that are 30 inches long on each of the four sides. Lay one on top of the other, with the right sides facing in. Pin them together with straight pins all around the edges, perpendicular to the fabric so you can pull them out before the sewing machine needle gets to them. Leave an 8-inch gap between two pins on one edge of the fabric.

  2. 2

    Sew the two pieces of fabric together, starting at one end of the 8-inch gap between pins. Backstitch to anchor it, and then sew all the way around the four sides of the fabric square about 1/4-inch in from the edge. Stop when you get to the pin that marks the other side of the 8-inch gap. Backstitch again. Pull the pins out as you sew, making sure that the needle does not hit any of them.

  3. 3

    Turn the fabric right side out, and stuff it with as much of the polyester fiberfill as you like, until it is firm, but soft.

  4. 4

    Use the needle and thread to sew the 8-inch gap closed. Sew it as close to the edge as possible, and use tiny stitches so that the closed gap will not be visible. You may wish to add buttons, trim, fringe or appliques for a sassier look.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a pre-made pillow instead of fiberfill and add Velcro or a zipper so you can remove the fabric to wash it.
  • Keep polyester fiberfill away from toddlers; it is a choking hazard.

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