I don’t know about your house, but my boys’ toys need constant corralling. And what’s better than storage that doubles as a place to cozy up and read! This floor cushion has a hidden zipper so that you can fill it with stuffed animals, blankets, or the sweatshirts you can’t fit in the dresser. ;)
- 1 yard of fabric – I used a thicker double sided knit, but it doesn’t have much stretch
- 1 package piping
- 1 zipper around 22in. (if you make your cushion smaller, you can use a smaller zipper, but you want to make sure you have enough space to open it and put stuff in!)
1. Cut two circles (or ovals… I cut mine as ovals that were 25.5 x 22.5)
2. Measure around your circles and cut your rectangle of fabric to go around the outside (remember to allow for seam allowance!)
3. Sandwich your piping in between one of the circles and the middle rectangle (the raw edge of the piping should be facing the outside). Pin all around the circle and fold the ends of the piping in toward the seam allowance. Then sew all around close to the piping, using a zipper foot.
4. Repeat with the other circle and other side of the middle rectangle. This side you’ll be adding in the zipper, so pin that in place first. You want the zipper to be open halfway. At the ends of the zipper, you’re going to pin in the piping. This is a little tricky, so do it carefully. Fold the ends of the zipper and the piping toward the seam allowance. (I used a separating zipper, because this is what I had. But if you have a non-separating zipper, this part would be a little bit easier)
6. When sewing the open end of the zipper, you may have to go over it several times. If you used a separating zipper like I did, make sure your ends line up and that your piping meets up with the end of the zipper and sew the end above the zipper stop together.
Then fill it with something soft – pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, even a large pillow form – and you have a great new place to sit!
And then tell your kiddos that there’s a fun surprise…
…which could quite possibly blow their minds ;)
Now you’ve got to go check out Stacey’s awesome Lego Minifig doll!