I’ve had this idea for a DIY quilted floor pillow for a while. I wanted a soft and fluffy meditation pillow for quiet moments – even though they are rare around here. haha
I wanted something that would be comfortable and large, but also beautiful and of course… quilted!
I started by searching online first for something that I loved or something I liked but could easily add on to. No luck… So, Like any good DIY artist, I went to Pinterest for ideas on how to make my own.
Ideas brewed and percolated… I looked through my fabric for inspiration and….
I started out with was this beautiful Jelly roll with Alison Glass fabric. Isn’t it just to die for?!? I LOVE the happy wonderful rainbow colors!
From here it was just a matter of calculating the right measurements and working out the combinations of colors.
Here is a picture of the final DIY Floor Pillow!
When the pillow insert arrived in the mail today, I didn’t waste 5 minutes before I stuffed it in to marvel and take a moment to squeal at how much I loved how it turned out!
But then this promptly happened…
So what started out as MY pillow… might turn into something I have to share with a few furry family members… I’ll just roll with it, I suppose.
Why Floor Pillows?
My Family I have always been obsessed with lots of pillows. I love the soft comfy cozy life surrounded by cushy soft fabrics. (lots of beautiful fabrics!)
When my kids were toddlers I had a rather large collection of pillows from all the times we moved around and changed our decor to fit our new place regularly.
My kids would lay out all the pillows to watch movies and inevitably fall down on purpose to a big pile of pillows. 🙂
Floor pillows are an easy and quick way to add extra seating to your home or bring everyone closer in for game/movie nights.
Even in elegant spaces, a few floor pillows can make guests and family members feel at home. It softens the edges of “hard/don’t touch” decor and looks great in both formal and casual spaces.
The DIY floor pillow that I made will have its home with me here in my office, but I might make a few more for the living room and upstairs game room to add more seating as my kids get a little older.
It was such a really fun project to make!
DIY Floor Pillow Directions
Someday soon, I plan to add this DIY Floor pillow pattern for you to make your own. (Update! I did it! I made the pattern for you! And it is a FREE download! You can find it here)… I just wanted to show you what I made!
I started with this pattern that I drew up…
I sewed together the jelly roll strips and cut out pieces using my template.
See the photo below for the beginnings of the project coming to life when I put together all the jelly roll strip pieces… It’s already coming together so lovely!
Did you catch the subtle radiating star pattern forming with the angles?!
I love it so much!
I ended up with a lot of beautiful scraps for projects in the future to play with! (This is my favorite Alison Glass fabrics so not a single square inch will be wasted… I just have to find the right project to play with.)
To really give the DIY floor pillow a quilted look, I layered the fabric top with a layer of warm and natural quilt batting under it and secured it with pins.
I decided to add a few chosen quilting lines to make all the difference in the design!
With so much already happening with the fabric, I chose to keep a really simple quilting line designs and add just enough to accentuate the stark geometric lines.
The final little touch was a decision for the cute stripey piping around the outside edge to accent the bright and colorful fabric.
A Few Notes on Pillow Forms/Fillers
The first thing I considered using for a filler was a bag of beanbag beads that I found on amazon. It is mostly tons of tiny little styrofoam or recycled plastic little balls that are typically used in bean bag chairs and “tween hang out rooms”.
I had a moment of panic when I pictured not only the form of my peaceful floor pillow being lost but the absolute horror of a potential future hole in the fabric and… *shudders* nope. No bean bag filler.
It had to be pillow fluff or Polly-fill material, to be more specific.
But I wanted enough filling that the pillow didn’t sink flat to the ground as soon as someone sat on it. I mean, you can’t meditate with your tailbone screaming in pain, right?
So I did a little experiment and thankfully, my idea worked!
My pillow measures 24″ all the way around, BUT I went ahead and ordered the 32″ round pillow form hoping to add a much firmer poofy look for only a few dollars more.
This was a decision that I am super happy with! My DIY floor pillow has plenty of fluff and support and is puppy approved 😉 What more could I ask for?
What do you think? Do you have a need for a fun floor pillow like this in your house? Would you be interested in a pattern for this project? You can get the FREE pattern here!
Let me know what you think in the comments below!