Tracey: I have a confession—sewing has never been my favorite thing to do. Growing up I used to watch my mother create these beautiful pieces of clothing and home decor for our family. But I never put much stock into the hard work she put in to create pieces of magic; I just knew they looked good.
After doing plenty of research and trial-and-error, I developed this tutorial for the easiest way to make them and I think these cute round cushions turned out great! Here’s how I made them:
For fabric, I decided to go with Belgian Linen, because it’s perfect to use for all home decor projects. It’s durable, luxe and softens over time. For designs, I also chose two prints, one each from two of my favorite creators: (fellow Spoonflower ambassador) Danika Herrick’s design Silhouette Peony Cream on Black and Holli Zollinger’s design KIAH DENIM RUST.
- Seam allowance unless otherwise marked: 3/8” (But remember, for this project, you can adjust the seam allowance as needed based on the size cushion you want to make. I personally made a small seam allowance (3/8”) because I was working with a limited amount of fabric. The more fabric you have, the more you allowance you can have for your seam.)
- The amount of fabric you will need to order for this project depends on how large your cushions will be! For 18” cushions, I used one yard of Belgian Linen for each cushion.
- 1 yard of Belgian Linen per pillow
- 1 round template (I used an 18″ pre-cut wood round but you can go as big as you want)
- Filling for the pillow (I started using shredded foam but eventually used batting from an old pillow to give it more structure)
- Measuring tape
- Water-soluble marker
Step 1. Create Your Cushion Template
For this project, I used a pre-cut wood round I had on hand as a template for my cushions.
Step 2. Cut Out Your Cushion Rounds
Pro tip: As 1 yard of fabric will make one 18” (46 cm) cushion, folding your fabric in half will allow you to only cut out the template one time, cutting the top piece and the bottom piece in one go.
For 18” (46 cm) cushions, measure and trace 18” (46 cm) in diameter on your fabric using your template and a water-soluble marker.
Add a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance around the edges of the rounds.
Cut out 2 fabric rounds.
Step 3. Cut Out Your Border
If you’d like to add a border to your cushions, continue with this step. If you’d like to not add a border, skip down to the next step.
I included a 3” (7.62 cm) border edge just to make it fancy. Your border can be as wide as you’d like.
For a 3” (7.62 cm) border, I used a water-soluble marker to note the 3” (7.62 cm) border edge as a reference and then made another mark 3/8” (1 cm) out for the seam allowance. I repeated this for both the top and bottom of the border.
Then I cut a strip 3.75” (9.75 cm) wide, which gave me a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance at both the top and bottom of the border, and 57.27″ (145.47 cm) long to allow for the circular shape plus a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance at the beginning and end of the fabric.
If you’d like to add a border around the edge of your cushion to make it fancy, continue with this step. If you’d like to not add a border, skip down to the next step.
I’m creating a 3” (7.5 cm) border edge, but your border can be as wide as you’d like. Just trade out your measurements for 3” (7.5 cm) in the steps below as you calculate your dimensions for this long rectangular pattern piece. For this 3″ (7.5 cm) tall border edge piece, we want to add a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance along each edge:
To determine the width of this strip:
- Add 3/8″ for the seam allowance for the top and bottom hem of the cushion: 3″ + 3/8″ + 3/8″ = 3.75″
To determine the length of this strip:
- Calculate the circumference of this pillow using 18” as the diameter: 18″ x 3.14″ = 56.52″
- Add 3/8″ seam allowance to each end: 56.52” + 3/8″ + 3/8″ = 57.27″
Next, mark out and cut your piece to 3.75” (9.75 cm) wide x 57.27″ (145.47 cm) long.
Pattern pieces note: At this point, if you choose to make cushions without a border, you should have 2 pieces of fabric cut out, one piece for the top and one piece for the bottom.
If you choose to make cushions with a border, you should have three pieces of fabric cut out, one piece for the top part, one piece for the bottom part and one piece for the cushion border.
Now comes the fun stuff—SEWING!
Step 4. Pin and Sew Pieces Together
If you’re adding a border, pin the border piece to one of the rounds, wrong side facing up.
Pin and sew each round to the top and bottom of the border leaving a 4” (10.1 cm) to 5” (12.7 cm) opening so you can stuff your cushions with filling.
If you’re not adding a border, pin and sew the rounds together, leaving a 4” (10.1 cm) to 5” (12.7 cm) opening so you can stuff your cushions with filling.
Step 5. Create Your Closure
An invisible stitch worked well for me.
In the end, your finished product should be one that you enjoy and that brings life to your space.
So there you have my own stackable floor cushion tutorial! I love how they turned out and if you’re like me and are a little shy about doing something out of your comfort zone, remember what my Mom always told me, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”