Game nights, TV show binges, or crafting sessions sometimes require sitting on the floor rather than a chair or couch. Create beautiful and comfortable floor pillows with our Celosia Velvet™ for you and your guests to enjoy.  Read about why this fabric is ideal for this project (and others), plus learn how to make your own floor pillow.

All About Celosia Velvet

  • 54″ wide printable area (137 cm)
  • 10.9 oz per square yard
  • Non-optic white
  • Estimated shrinkage: 2% in width and 6% in length
  • Perfect for home dècor and commercial-grade upholstery, heavyweight apparel, and luxurious accessories

Keep reading to see how Spoonflower team member Jenell shows how to transform the corner of your house or apartment into a comfy, cushioned getaway, perfectly tailored to your personal style. 

Jenell: As long as I have been a professional fabric hoarder, I have learned that every fabric has a personality, and Celosia Velvet is no different. It’s a fabric that’s luxe while still super comfortable and approachable. It’s like the Beyoncè of fabric: versatile, unique, and always on trend. Upon receiving the fabric, I was a little nervous about the weight of the fabric for this project, but once I washed it, it only got better! Take a look at the pouf we’re about to make, gather your materials and let’s get crafty!

The Essential DIY Floor Pouf in Celosia Velvet™! | Spoonflower Blog
Pouf! Your new go-to pillow project will be the statement piece you’ve been looking for. Shaggy day by akwaflorell

How to Make a Floor Pillow

Velvet Floor Pouf materials | Spoonflower Blog


Wash Your Fabric First

Before sewing, machine wash your velvet on a cool setting, and tumble dry on low heat for optimum softness and to prevent shrinkage.

Step 1: Decide the Size Of Your Pillows

Before you start, decide how large you want your pillow to be. My finished pillow is going to be 29” x 29” and because I plan on making more (a lot more!), I created a 30″ x 30″ pattern piece from old gridded gift wrap. The extra inch on all sides gives me a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Add a notch to the center of the fabric | Spoonflower Blog
Fold one of your pieces in half and mark the middle with a small snip.

Step 2: Cut Out Your Pillow Pieces

Go ahead and cut out two 30″ x 30″ pieces. Take one of your pieces, fold in half, and mark the middle with a small snip.

Snipping the zipper | Spoonflower Blog
Fold your zipper in half and make a small snip at its center

Step 3: Notch Your Zipper

Grab your zipper (I’m using an invisible zipper, but you can use anything that suits your style), fold in half and make a small snip at its center. 

Iron the zipper to ensure it lays flat | Spoonflower Blog

Step 4: Iron Your Zipper

Next, unfold and iron your zipper to make sure the teeth lay flat using the tip of your iron. Coordinating nails are optional. 🙂

Pinning pom poms/razzle to the velvet | Spoonflower Blog
Pin your fringe to the edge of the design side of your fabric.
Sewing razzle dazzle/pom pom magic on your pouf | Spoonflower Blog
Pivot around those corners as you sew on your fringe!

Optional Step 5: Attach Fringe

Grab your Razzle Dazzle (pom trim, fringe, etc.) and pin it to one of the printed sides of the fabric, making sure to align the edge of the trim with the edge of your cut piece.

Sew all the way around, pivoting with the needle in the fabric when you turn each corner.

Match the notch on your fabric to the notch on your zipper | Spoonflower Blog

Step 6: Match Notches and Sew the Zipper

Place your zipper, pull side down, onto your fabric, matching the notch you made on your zipper with the notch on your fabric piece.

Sewing the other side of the zipper | Spoonflower Blog

Switch to your zipper foot and sew, staying as close to the zipper, without sewing over it as you can. (You may need to move the zipper pull as you sew). Repeat with the other pillow piece, aligning your pillow pieces before sewing.

Optional Tassel Time

If you want to add tassels, now is the time! Pin and sew them to the inside corners of one pillow piece with the tassel fringe facing toward the center. This is what we did for our display pillow pictured at the bottom!

Attach the zipper to your pillow pieces | Spoonflower Blog

Step 7: Finish Sewing the Zipper

Unzip your pillow about halfway down, and sew the edges together using a 1/2″ seam, right sides together.

Iron Before Stuffing

To get a crisp, professional finish, press lightly with an iron on a synthetic setting, with a towel between the iron and the fabric.
Stuffing our pillow with fiberfill | Spoonflower Blog

Step 8: Stuff Your Pillow

Flip your pillow right side out and stuff with your favorite filling. We used fiberfill, but you can use anything plush.

The Essential DIY Floor Pouf in Celosia Velvet™! | Spoonflower Blog
Add a pop of personality with tassels or pom poms!
The Essential DIY Floor Pouf in Celosia Velvet™! | Spoonflower Blog

And that’s all there is to it! Place your pouf in a corner and get to snuggling. Ready to give our most luxurious fabric a try? Find even more Celosia Velvet inspiration here!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the sewing skill level to make a floor pillow?
Making a DIY floor pillow would be a great project for advanced beginner sewists and beyond.
Why should I wash my fabric before crafting?
You should wash your fabrics before crafting to eliminate shrinkage and take advantage of maximum softness. See care instructions for Spoonflower fabrics here.

Want To Make More Pillows

If you fell in love with our Celosia Velvet™, making pillows or both—there’s more in store. With a yard of matching fabric make a knot pillow to go with your floor pouf! See the easy steps in this post.
Make Your Next Pillow

About the Author

Jenell is a creative kid from Brooklyn, NY, currently procraftinating in Durham, NC. When she isn’t designing graphics and websites, she is sewing or helping her sewing community, PrettyGirlsSew, host their Rippin’ Ain’t Easy Sewing Competition.