One Hour Floor Pillow Tutorial


I found a crazy good deal on stuffing at JoAnne fabrics, I think it was about $1 a bag. So I filled up my cart and decided to make an oversized floor pillow with all that cheap stuffing. Well that was 3 years ago. I had grand plans on making the floor pillow with a zippered cover, bright colored pipping, and a handle. All those details were just too much, and I never got around to making it. So I decided to just make a basic simple square pillow.

In less than an hour the floor pillow was done and I’m thrilled with it. Partly because I’ve been storing all that stuffing in my craft closet the last 3 years. Now I have room for more crafty junk!



Cut 6 pieces each measuring 20″ by 20″ (or whatever size squares you want).

how-to-make-a-square-poufSew the 4 sides together (remember always sew good sides together), but begin and end sewing about 1/4″ from each end. You’ll need that space to add the top and bottom pieces (it will make sense when you go to sew it all together, trust me). Sew sides together, so you will end up with a circle (I forgot to take a picture at this step).

I used 1/4″ seam allowance, just be sure to keep it consistent with whatever size seam allowance you pick.

diy-floor-pillow-blogOnce all 4 sides are sewn together it’s time to add the top and bottom square. Now you’ll see why we didn’t sew completely to the end of each side.


Leave about a 7″ opening on one edge. Now flip fabric right side out. Make sure all the corners were sewn closed. You don’t want to stuff it and then find a hole.

Now stuff, stuff, and stuff. It takes a lot. Some of my bags of stuffing were already opened so it’s hard to say how many I used but I would guess it was about 5 or 6 regular sized bags.

If you can’t find a good deal on stuffing like I did, you could also use the stuffing from old pillows, comforters, or duvets. Maybe even pick some up at Goodwill.


Now sew closed by hand. Enjoy your floor pillow that took you less than an hour to make!



Doesn’t it feel good to actually complete a project?

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Thanks for stopping by! My family and I recently moved into a builder box home. And in between playdates and swim lessons you can find me adding some thrifty, diy charm to our new home.

110 thoughts on “One Hour Floor Pillow Tutorial

  1. Very excited to make a few of these for my classroom. I’ve been looking on where to find the stuffing to go into them at a reasonable price. If anyone has suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.

    • Has anyone had any luck stuffing these with stuffed animals as an alternative “storage” method? Maybe you could have your kiddos clean out their stuffed animal collections and donate to the classroom chair project!

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  4. I cannot for the life of me figure out where to get the stuffing you are using. I have gone to Joann’s and only found polyfill. What is it called? Where can I find it?

  5. Great tutorial and easy to follow directions. It did only take an hour. However, I’m using a lot more than 6 bags of stuffing — more like 9. Less than that, the cube looked too deflated and you’d be sitting on the floor. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  38. I’m going to add Velcro instead of sewing it by hand at the final step, then instead of stuffing it, I’ll fill it with the kids stuffed animals. Thank you sew much for this easy idea.

      • Thank you Danielle for the idea and Rosalinda for the Stuffed toy inspiration. I never thought I’d get rid of all the bunnies, bears, dogs and pink fluffy snakes that have moved in with us over the last nine years! Now they make a great TV bean bag or additional seat when my daughters friends are over. Also really easy to rotate the toys as they are close at hand but hidden. My daughter never knows who will be on the pillow each night now!

    • Hmmm I haven’t tried it but you may be able to do it with fabric glue. I honestly haven’t used fabric glue before so I’m not sure how sturdy it would be.

    • Hi Jamie The pillow is 20″ by 20″ by 20″ I’d say for a 9 year-old I’d just make each of the squares bigger, maybe like 26″ by 26″. As long as each of the squares is the same size it with still work. The pillow I made is probably good for kids up to about 6.

  39. So cute. I’ve been searching for floor pillow tutorials. I like the black and white stripes.

  40. I forgot to add that those shipping, plastic pellet things will work well for floor pillows. They will eventually break down, but just add MORE at the needed time. Again I recommend using a cheap fabric form before making your actual expensive fabric form. ANY cheap fabric will do, unless it is a show through color or print. Look for sales and snag while you can and just save it. Also muslin will work for summer pockets if you sew your own clothes. And you can bleach your own muslin too.

  41. I always tell women (especially those that still work outside the home) to save ALL their hosiery after they are snagged, elastic is history and or ugly color…… you can shred them with scissors and use for stuffing of pillows. If you are concerned about the dark color showing through a light color pillow….. just buy and save cheap white broadcloth, muslin, or white sheets and make a form that you do not have to wash like the actual cover.

    What an great pillow you made.

  42. I made 1 like this out of a thick clearance target tablecloth and stuffed it with my hoarded plastic bags from Walmart :)

  43. I just pinned this a couple days ago. Such an easy project that even a novice sewer like myself could do. Then I was at walmart and saw four of these on sale for $5 each. I just had to get them. They are ugly, but at least I can use your pattern to recover them or just use the stuffing out of them.

    • Oh that’s a really really good deal! Stuffing is so crazy expensive. You could totally just recover it with a much cuter fabric. Thanks for the tip on the good deal!

  44. Adorable! Great details too! I’ve also seen bags of bean bag stuffing at Walmart. I may try that instead of fiber. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Hi Danielle, I just spotted your adorable floor pillows on the From Dream to Reality link party. What a great idea for cheap seating and comfort in the playroom. They are really cute and I know my kiddos would love them.

    I hope you’ll stop over and see what we’ve been up to at 2IY if you have a few minutes sometime soon.

  46. I love this idea. I’ve been wanting to make dog beds for a while and think I could modify this to work for my pups. Pinned.

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