Sprawling on the floor is more comfortable with comforter-based cushions.

How to Make Large Floor Cushions From a Comforter

by Linda Erlam

If you have an extra comforter or two in the linen cupboard and you have a family room with a floor for lounging, you could repurpose the extra comforters into large floor cushions. The quilting adds loft and texture, and when you stuff the cushion with a separate fiberfill or foam chip filler, you get a washable, utilitarian and most of all comfortable floor cushion in a size and shape that suits you and your family.

1 Decide the dimensions you wish for your floor cushion and add 2 inches to each measurement. For example, if you want the finished cushion to be a 30-inch square, plan to cut two pieces 32 inches by 32 inches.

2 Lay the comforter on the table, wrong side up. Draw the outline of one cut piece.

3 Insert pins outside of the perimeter of the cut line, 1 inch from the line. Insert them all the way through the comforter and parallel to the cut line, one pin every 3 to 4 inches. Insert pins on the inside of the perimeter of the cut line, 1 1/2 inches from the cut line and 3 to 4 inches apart. The pins hold the comforter flat and make cutting through all the layers a bit easier. Use extra-long straight pins or 2-inch safety pins, whichever allows you to pin through the whole comforter.

4 Cut the comforter following the cut line. Leave the pins around the inside perimeter in place.

5 Mark, pin and cut the second piece.

6 Serge or zigzag around the perimeter of each piece. Remove the holding pins.

7 Pin the two pieces together, right side to right side, with two rows of pins. Insert the rows parallel to the cut edge, one row 1 1/2 inches from the edge and the other row 1/2 inch from the edge.

8 Sew around the perimeter with a 1-inch seam allowance, sewing between the rows of pins. Leave a 20-inch section of one seam open. Remove the pins.

9 Trim the seam allowance at each corner down to 1/4 inch to reduce bulk in the corners. Cut diagonally across the corner within the seam allowance and take care to not cut the lines of stitching.

10 Cut two pieces of the liner cloth equal to the same size as the comforter cut size. Place the two piece right sides together and sew around the outside edge with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving a 10-inch opening. The filler is 1 inch bigger than the cushion, which adds loft to the finished cushion.

11 Turn the filler cover right side out. Fill the filler cover with the loose fiberfill or foam chips to the desired thickness, and hand-stitch the open seam closed.

12 Insert the filler into the floor cushion through the opening.

13 Pin the open cushion seam closed and hand-sew the opening.

Items you will need

  • Comforter
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric marking pencil
  • Safety pins, 2 to 3 inches long
  • Straight pins, extra long
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Filler bag broadcloth
  • Loose fiberfill or foam chips
  • Hand sewing needle

Tips

  • Broadcloth is an inexpensive, lightweight fabric, often a polyester/cotton blend, found in fabric stores.
  • A 30-inch filler bag will need about three pounds of fiberfill or foam chips.

Warnings

  • Not all home sewing machines can handle the thickness of sewing two layers of comforter. Test your machine by folding a section of the comforter in half and sewing. Do not allow the machine to labor; it could burn out the motor.
  • Do not trim the comforter filler back in an attempt to remove bulk; you will cut the quilting threads that hold the layers together, and the quilting pattern could unravel. Sew the cushion together by hand, if necessary, using double thread and small running stitches.

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