I have been craving color… I thought it might be a Spring thing, but right after the holidays when I took the colorful Christmas stockings down that hung on the mantel, that area around the mantel was looking a bit bland.
I have been wanting to add color in some form or another, but with the big screen TV on the wall, anything too little just ends up looking like clutter. I finally came up with a solution that is not only decorative and colorful, but that serves a purpose, too.
I made big floor pillows. Big dense 24″ square ones. Not too big, not too little…just right when you want to lay on the floor to read or watch TV and need something to place under your head. I made a pillow cover similar to these when we had four legged furry ones napping all over the house.
I have smaller 18″ pillows on my sofa, but they are not big enough to really get comfy when I want to stretch out on the floor.
I made the pillows using scraps of fabric I had left over in my basement stash. I picked out the most colorful and festive scraps and used two different patterns on each pillow. I added the pom-pom trim to make them FUN!
When they are not in use, I have been stacking them by the mantel. I don’t want them on the sofa since anyone that goes to sit down there will just pick them up and put them on the floor to make room to sit comfortably.
How to Make Stackable Floor Pillows
- 24″ square pillow form
- 2 – cut pieces of fabric that measure 25″ x 25″ I used two different patterns of fabric for each pillow
- 2 – 1/2 yards pom-pom trim to coordinate with fabric
Start by placing your cut-to-size fabric right sides together. Place the pom-pom trim along the inside edge of the fabric so that the pom-poms face into the center of the fabric.
1. Pin the fabric and trim together around all 4 sides of the cover using straight pins.
2. Using a sewing machine, sew a 1/2″ seam along all sides, but leave half of one side open. ( You will need this opening to put the pillow form into the cover.)
3. Turn sewn cover so the right sides of fabric are on the outside. Make sure all the pom-poms are free of the seam and dangle freely. Smoosh pillow form in half and place it into the opening. Just keep wiggling it in a bit at a time. Once it is in, place your hand inside the cover to straighten the pillow form and fabric.
4. To close the opening: Fold over the edge of each side of fabric 1/2″ and place the pom-pom trim between the folded edges.
5. It should look like this. Sew it closed, stitching about 1/4″ from the edge. Remove pins and fluff to straighten the form inside the cover if needed.
I only had two pillow forms in my basement stash, but may buy one more so I have a stack of three. When decorating with grouped accessories – odd numbers always look more pleasing to the eye that even numbers.
I played around with them – not only are they great as floor pillows, but I like they way they look placed on the ottomans I have in the room, too. Options are always good.
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