DIY Large Floor Pillows

by Monday, November 13, 2017

Floor poufs are a major trend but come at a hefty price like this West Elm floor pouf. I look at some pouf prices and wonder, all this for some fabric and filling? I think not!  I want the look, but the price can kick rocks.  Since I could never convince myself that paying high pillow prices is okay, I get straight to designing and DIYing.


My search for floor poufs started because I was desperate to keep Royal and Sirr from putting my smaller decorative couch pillows on the floor and laying their greasy heads on them.  FYI: All the DIYs I create are mainly out of my necessity to prevent my family from destroying the house. lol

But anywho, with my mission in my hand, I set my plan in motion.  I found blue tribal fabric from Hobby Lobby and faux leather from my special fabric place in Atlanta.

You will also need:

Brass Fasteners

Bean Bag Fill



Upholstery Thread


Marking Pen

First, fold your fabric in half. Measure and cut out (2) 23″x 23″ squares and (4) 23″ x 8″ rectangles.

Then measure and cut out (2) 1″ x 8′ faux leather straps.

Next, fold (2) of the 8″ x 23″ cushion pieces in half (separately) and fold both of the 1″ x 8″ faux leather straps in half.  Place the folded strap in the center of the fabric on the folded edge.

Hold the strap in place and use masking tape to now hold the strap down.  Place tape on the other end of the strap as well.

Sew the ends of straps down in a 7/8″ x 7/8″ square leaving a 1/8 space from the edges.

Once the straps are sewn down add a little detailing to complete the look of the pillow.  Use your upholstery needle and poke a hole in the center of the stitched square.

Push the fastener through the hole and bend the clasps on the backside to secure the fastener in place.

Your brass detailed straps should look like this!

Now, it is time to put your pouf altogether.  Pin and sew all four sides together at a 5/8″seam making sure the pieces with straps are on opposite ends.

Next, iron the seams open on the wrong side of the fabric.

Then, fold the seam on the right side of the fabric and iron the seam.

Sew a 1/8″ stitch along all four seams to create a more finished look. 

Next, take one of the square pieces of fabric and pin it to the complete side panel and then sew together on a 5/8″ seam.

After it is sewn, iron the seams open on the wrong side of the fabric.

Then, fold the seam on the right side of the fabric and iron the seam.  Continue sewing on the second square in the same fashion as the first square but DO NOT sew up the pillow complete. Leave about a 12-inch hole for stuffing the pillow.

All seams should look like this after being steamed.

Sew a 1/8″ stitch along seams following the square pieces.

Once all the 1/8″ stitching is done, fold 5/8″ of the seam down on both sides and press.

Fill the pillow about 3/4of the way with bean bag fill. I purchased a 100 liter big from 100liters filled two pillows perfectly.

Once the pillow is filled it is time to close it on up. You can hand stitch the pillow closed, but if you are a tad impatient like me, there will be ample space to pin and sew the opening closed with a sewing machine.  Close up the pillow with a 1/8″ stitch.

Push around the beans to fill the pillow and voila! Two floors ready for the kiddos and cozy movies nights.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact me at

Until next time Homies, Peace Out!


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