DIY Big Floor Pillow or Sleep Mat
DIY Big Floor Pillow or Sleep Mat

Welcome to SewVeryEasy,
my name is Laura. And let’s make a nice big floor cushion. Now this floor cushion is going to be a little bit different as we’re not going to use a stuffing, which means we’re not going to have any lumps and bumps. We’re going to use quilt batting. And by using the quilt batting not only is it going to be a floor cushion, but it can be used as a sleep mat. The first thing we’re going to start off with a queen-sized, high-loft, 100% polyester batting. Now this one is from Fairfield and what’s great is it is bonded, so the fibers are going to stay together. We’re going to start with a queen size because we’re going to fold it, fold it, fold it to make it really, really thick. So here is a regular batting and it’s quite thin and you’ll see that the high loft is quite thick. Now we’re going to fold this. I’m going to show you on a small piece because you will not be able to see it under the camera with a large piece. So this represents the really big piece of batting and it’s 90″×108″. So the first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to fold it in half. That 90″ now is 45″. From here we’re going to fold that length three times. So we’re going to fold it into thirds and then fold it in thirds again. You now have a 36″ piece. Fold your batting so that both raw edges are on the outside, not so that the raw edge is inside. And we are going to work with it this way. When that big piece of batting has been folded together, you’ll notice that it’s very, very thick. There are 6 layers there and those 6 layers equal 5″. What we need to do is cut them apart so they’re all going to be loose. By cutting them apart you’re going to be able to just take your scissors in-between that fold and cut right along that edge. And by cutting all of those layers separate the pillow is going to be equal. The fold will actually make it different than a cut side, so we want them all cut. So I’ll take one piece at a time, put my scissors in, and just cut all the way along that fold. When that fault has been cut you’re going to be able to go in and cut that second fold. So what you need to do is cut all of the sides so all the folds are cut. If you have a really big cutting mat, you can actually just take this and cut it into 6 pieces, so each piece would be 45″×36″. But if you don’t have room, this method will work just fine. And now that all the layers are loose, it’s going to seem strange but we’re going to stitch them back together. The reason we’ve cut them apart is we want the pillow to be equal on all sides and a fold makes it smaller because it holds it togethe. To stitch them together, it’s going to be really quick. They’re just big stitches just to hold the layers. We’re going to use a bookbinder needle and this is a very strong, long, sharp needle with a big hole on the end. You need to use a good strong z z thread, and hand quilting cotton works great. So just take that big needle and shove it through all the layers, and just make these big loops. And what this is going to do is it’s just going to hold the layers together so it won’t shift if you need to wash it or when you’re making it. So go all the way around and stitch those layers together. Now when this has been stitched together, stitch some lines through the centers of the quilt. So I will do four lines, two going in each direction. And again. I’m not going to squish it. I just want them to hold it together. So just take that needle and push it up and then bring it down. And your stitches can be very big. So I’m going to just do those stitches all the way down and that’s going to hold all the layers together. Now all of my layers are together. Let’s work on the cover. There are many different fabric choices that you can use. You could use denim, you could use a faux fur. In this case, because I’m making this for a two-year-old, I have decided to choose two panels that would go together very nicely. Now these happen to be from Susie B and I’m going to put them together so it is going to be reversible. The panels were not quite big enough so I added a border all the way around. You will need two pieces of fabric 38½”×47½”. So it doesn’t matter what your fabric choice is; those are the sizes you’re going to need to go with that batting. And place the fabric together, right-sides touching. In each of the four corners, cut out a 2″ square. And you can do that with the fabric together. You will need to sew the two pieces together to make like a really big pillowcase, and you’re going to need an opening in the bottom. Now you’re going to have to put that entire piece of batting in so you’re going to have to leave a really big opening. But you do want to close off a little bit in the corners. So stitch all the way around, leaving the opening. When the sides have been stitched down, we need to stitch those corners together. This side and this side need to be sewn together. So you’ll be able to take the fabric and pull it apart, and you’re going to be able to line up that cut line. You can match up the seams and stitch right down that corner. And do that for the four corners. And with those four corners stitched, you have a 4″ box seam. You can turn the entire thing right-side out. Now we need to get that big pillow form that we made inside of that pillowcase, and there’s a really easy way to do it. Take that big pillow and fold it in half, and slip it inside of a bag. It could be a garbage bag, it could be any bag at all. A nice big one works best. The bag makes this very slippery so it’ll slide really easily into that pillowcase. You’re going to be able to just slip that right in all the way to the end. Leave that bag in there until you get all of the end in. Once the pillow is in the opening, you’re going to be able to put your hands inside and remove that plastic bag. Then you’re going to be able to take that and push it right back to where it belongs. And because that opening’s nice and big, you’re going to be able to get your arms right inside and pull that so it gets right in to the sides and the corners. Check and make sure that the corners are poked out nice and square and when everything’s put in right, the edge will need to be closed. Because this is such a large seam I would recommend just doing a little running stitch to hold that seam back a quarter inch and to do it on both sides. Then you’re going to be able to match up those seams and just do a whip stitch and close that off. And when you finish whip-stitching those you’re going to be able to just remove that basting and that seam will be closed. The very last thing is to put some little tuffets or to tie it just like you would do a tied quilt. You’re going to need a thread that’s a little bit heavier, thicker, and strong because you don’t want it to rip through the fabric. You can get a thread that’s quite heavy, and it’s called button or carpet thread. You’ll need two strands of it and that nice big needle again. And just put that needle in all the way to the one side turn, it around, and poke it back out. You’ll be able to keep one long thread, and pull close to the end, hold on to the loose ends, just tie it of. You don’t need to tie it so that all of those layers are smushed together. You just need to do it so that it’s going to hold those layers together. And it’s going to have just a little bit of an indent. And then tie the thread two or three times to secure it and trim off the ends. Now you can put as many ties as you’d like. I found that starting with usually work so good . You could always put additional if you feel that you need it. Now we’re done,m that nice big floor cushion. Having all those layers of batting in there is making it nice and smooth so it’ll be comfortable for a nap or to sit and read on . It’s a fun project to make no matter what fabric you choose. I do hope you give it a try and, as always, thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time in the sewing room. Bye for now!

100 thoughts on “DIY Big Floor Pillow or Sleep Mat”

  1. Arcia French says:

    Oh that is such a great project for this wkend since it will be frigid cold here in NH. Thanks

  2. A Notion to Sew says:

    Such a great tip to use the plastic bag to help insert the batting. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  3. G wenna Doty says:

    LOVE the project!! Needs a strap to roll it up with or a carrying case to put it away in.

  4. Leli Lala says:

    جميل جذا انت رائعة

  5. newbeequilter says:

    Watching you give all these helpful hints makes me wish I had many more years in my life to make all the projects you come up with. From folding the batting, slitting the folds, then using that bookbinder needle, a running stitch for ¼" seam before whip stitching the opening – – to the plastic bag for easier insertion and button/carpet thread for tying it – great instructions – as always 🙂 This one made a little bit bigger out of denim with a colorful print border would even be nice for a primary-age or middle school child to have in a tree house.

    My mind is wandering some more. . . I could see a young mother (or grandmother) taking a pre-school child with her to the fabric store and letting the child help choose the fabrics for the front and back of this cushion or even letting them watch as you assembled it a little each day. Then when it was reading time, ask the child which side they want to sit on today (either with you or by their self). And while we're at it, why not make two of them – so there's one for a friend to nap on at a play date afternoon or a sleepover? Momentary choices that train that child to make decisions – and making memories with them along the way. "Readers Are Leaders!"

  6. Sweet V. says:

    good idea

  7. Cher Larrabee says:

    I was thinking you could do this for a dog bed or in a kennel. Newbeequilter you are so right about all your ideas. I will suggest those to my daughter. She has 2 little ones. 🙂

  8. Carol Lawrence says:

    This is an absolutely great project! Love watching your videos. Never miss a one and have made most. Thanks Laura.

  9. equitime77 says:

    I can see a variation of this would be extremely useful for me. Thanks for the inspiration

  10. Cat Lover says:

    I love this!  I have a friend whose 1st child will be a year old in June.  Thank you!!!!!

  11. Xtreemmom says:

    Great video. My pups thank you.

  12. Fabulous Marilyn says:

    Laura, so adorable

  13. Denise Dodd Closet Crafts says:

    Great video Thank you.

  14. Debra Kellerman says:

    that's awesome, Id like one with faux fur.  thank you for your most awesome video. these would make wonderful gifts for little ones

  15. Lavangika Patel says:

    Very informative .Thank u very much.

  16. Cynthia Nelson says:

    Great project!  I have grandkids who I think would LOVE one of these!  Thank you!!

  17. Liz Turney says:

    Great project Laura! I'm going to make this for my 2 year old Granddaughter!

  18. Jana S. says:

    What a great idea, as always! Thank you.

  19. Melinda Hicks says:

    this is a wonderful idea and project. i plan to do it before summer for my grand daughter! thank you.

  20. Andrea Cathcart says:

    Very nice project!

  21. mayra minaca says:

    Laura, thanks for this video!…how would you recommend washing it?

  22. 6862211 says:

    Great video!!

  23. J Wall says:

    I love this! I think my new grand baby might need one of these. Maybe super hero fabric like his curtains.

  24. joc0553 says:

    love, love, love this project! Perfect for little ones, and if like me, new babies outgrow some of the gifts I have purchased, I may make this my go-to baby gift!! thanks for all the great videos and ideas!

  25. tressie carter says:


  26. scoobydoo9088 says:

    Great project Laura, this would be great to make for my grand baby. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Someone Somewhere says:

    This looks like a fun project. Thank you.

  28. Nav's Tips says:

    Love you Laura, you are really great.

  29. Cindy McFarland says:

    You are such a great instructor.  You explain the process so easily.  Thanks for all your tips and tricks!

  30. DWRead says:

    How would you compare using foam versus batting? I am wondering when you would choose one over the other.

  31. Rachel Prichard says:

    Love it!

  32. Kimberly Duncan says:

    Great idea! Thank you!

  33. Eileen Abrams says:

    Fabulous as always. Thank you.

  34. Cindy Lachance says:

    For the big floor pillow or blanket with the six layers of batting, can you wash it?

  35. sandpiperca says:

    Hi Laura. I'm from Surrey BC. I love the giraffe panels you've shown in this tutorial. Would you please share the manufacturer detains on the panels. Thanks so much and tutorial on. I always watch

  36. LynnSelby says:

    Lovely idea thanks, Laura . This is a must do . Have been trying to decide what to make for a friends new baby, gender unknown, so this is a great idea. Thanks foe always giving such clear and easy instructions to follow. Fond regards from South Africa.

  37. Judith Letson says:

    hi there – did I miss week two of the Glorious and Free – Hope I didn't miss it.

  38. Janet Perc says:

    Thanks. Another home run Laura! I have a first grandchild on the way and think this will be perfect for nap and play. I've had some very thick high loft batting taking up space for some time. Can't wait to put it to use. Maybe use some of my minky too! On another note, I brought the hanging door pockets to our sew club and everyone wanted your you tube site.

  39. Birdie Ellen Beris says:

    This is so cute, Thanks

  40. jmarylastone says:

    that plastic bag trick……..I learned that years ago when I washed my futon cushion cover and got soooooo frustrated getting things all back together

  41. carylanne rosten says:

    darling! I have a brand new 1 month old grand boy, and I have a 1 yr old great grand. I think I will need to make one that will be loved by both. My sons can have one at each house for their boys to sleep on while visiting. .

  42. Kelly Dannemann says:

    Thank you Laura, Have a new GrandBaby on the way, this will be a great asset. Just in time for what I needed. I love your videos.

  43. CreateWithConfidence says:

    I am a part-time child care provider. This is a great idea for those that need naps in playrooms that aren't nap-friendly. I think I'd make it a pillowcase with foam so parents can remove the cover and wash. You always have great ideas and fun projects.

  44. pamela leitman says:

    How do you wash it? I love all your projects btw!

  45. David D says:

    Now that's a cute idea.

  46. Linda Jones says:

    I love this pillow. Is it possible to make it with yardage and if so how much yardage is needed. Thanks

  47. Susan McFarland says:

    Can't wait to make this for my grandson!!!

  48. Judith Etheridge says:

    Love your ideas Laura.

  49. Rushelle Shanks says:

    That is so adorable. I might make this for my daughter.

  50. Mariette Forget says:

    Hi Laura! I totally in love with this project! Thanks for the great tutorial! 😎

  51. Joanne Brady says:

    Love this! Thank you!

  52. Amira Almaz says:

    very nice, I love you,

  53. Amira Almaz says:

    very nice, I love you, 💖👍

  54. Holly Q says:

    I recently finished making two of the floor pillows for my grandchildren. They love them!

  55. LadyBeritanavatarius says:

    You could use this to make a mattress pad too, couldn't you?

  56. Smritha S says:

    can u pls make me floor pillow cover.. so it ll b easy to wash it regularly when it gets dirty..

    ur videos r really helpful ur doing a awesum wrk…👌👌👌 keep it up…👍👍👍

  57. Naleisha Malaki says:

    love this. gonna try and make this as a nap mat for my nephew and niece. they start school soon. also gonna try and attach a blanket to it. thank for the helpful video! – Nalei from Hawaii 🙂

  58. Rachel Kronberg says:

    I am loving all your tutorials!! <3 Thank you so much. I was thinking I could use this template to do a less thick baby playmat – I think I would like it half the thickness. Any suggestions on which size batting to use to accomplish that? Also, do you think I would just half the measurement for the corner cuts? TIA!

  59. Breana Garcia says:

    Are you using a 1/4" stitching around the edge?

  60. Joanna Shiu says:

    How much batting do I need for a twin size …… and how much fabric

  61. Kasturi Barve says:

    Very nice explained

  62. Elizabeth T says:

    You are the most amazing teacher. Never stop making videos please!

  63. wowyoudidgreat says:

    Laura, where do I purchase "big hole sharp point book binder needle"? Only ones I can find online are blunt needles and some reviews mention that eyes are not large. I enjoy watching and learning from all your videos. Thank you

  64. Just Chill My Dog says:

    woww awsom 👌👌

  65. Danielle Putnam says:

    Thank you for this easy to follow video! I made my first one yesterday!! I was wondering about 2 things:
    1) I had a difficult time measuring and cutting such a large piece of fabric. Do you have any tips to make the perfect cut?
    2) at the end you mention removing the basting. Can you elaborate on this a little bit please? I haven’t heard of that before.
    Thank you again! My son loves his giant pillow 🙂

  66. Marlene Wagstaff says:

    I’ve actually made these out of pillows and pillow cases just stitch the pillow cases together and they put the pillows in the pillow cases!😁👍

  67. Saundra Badger says:


  68. avonnorma says:

    That is cute. First time I seen anyone make this. My granddaughter would love one. Thank you.

  69. marie gremmelprez says:


  70. Tammy Lynn says:

    This is so adorable! Love your channel!

  71. LindieLee says:

    Another great video Laura. I've always used Warm and Natural batting for my quilts and my son doesn't care for them. He would like a thick puffy quilt. My question is are high loft battings made to be machine quilted or used only in tie quilts? I would have to double up the layers and I think, you confirm, that would be impossible to quilt by machine. I have a Juki that can sew many layers of denim easily. I would be making at least a twin size. Thank you gal — stay warm!

  72. Fariq MB says:

    Ur sewing room your pleaseeeee

  73. Lucillia kara says:

    I was watching anime now I'm here.

  74. Melissa Flores says:

    very cool! I love how easy it can be!

  75. Sandie Samuels says:

    OMG I love this idea. Great for Christmas or birthdays, thanks Laura

  76. Lynn Rickman says:

    Another great video! I see these as terrific gifts for my grandchildren!

  77. Brittany Oxendine says:

    Love it

  78. Dianne Bozzy says:

    My only question is how would you wash this? It doesn't look like it would fit in a washing machine but I could be wrong. I would love to make it as a dog bed too. Thank you for your wonderful tutorials.

  79. Howard Foley says:


  80. marieta o. says:

    I prefer to have one more cover so easy to take the second one to wash.

  81. Kim Pierson says:

    Thank you

  82. Lisa Gilmore Lier says:

    You never cease to amaze me! I was looking for a child or toddler's "Chase Lounge". Took a look on your channel to see what you may have listed. When I saw this I thought it would work! Have you seen the chaise lounges they have made!? Anyway… I have a feeling I'm going to be making one of these in the very near future for each of my three youngest grandchildren. The one on the way? He'll have to wait a while!

  83. izabeau1953 says:

    Ooooh love it love it, easy and so cozy…….❤️🌹❤️❤️❤️🌹

  84. Dog Lover says:

    That is really really cute and a neat idea ! I 😊 love it ! That you !

  85. APRIL BABY says:

    is it washable ? will it lose shape ?

  86. Bonnie Brannon says:

    Oh, THANK YOU, Laura! This is yet Another GENIUS idea. My daughter has an old dog with arthritic hips. This is a PERFECT solution and one that I can manage to make for her without asking for her help!

  87. Aristhetic says:


  88. lehcar d says:

    😍😍❤❤ oh I have been searching for months on how to make a nice large floor pillow, and I finally found your video!!! I'm so excited I can't wait to get started. Thank you for sharing!!!

  89. Lorri says:

    Was that a magic trick, removing the bag?

  90. Larrie King says:

    Not only are your videos SO helpful and wellmade, but you lady are gorgeous!

  91. Linda Campbell says:

    What an adorable project. Thank you for the video.

  92. SeriousOtaku88 says:

    What I need to know is the link to get the needle. I cannot find one that large or with that size eye

  93. Delia Cumoletti says:

    Laura I just love watching your videos you explain everything so detailed step by step do you have a sewing project book out there I would love to buy one cause I wanna make everything your a wonderful inspiration for sewing I enjoy it very much

  94. amudha kannan says:

    It's so good and I like it v much what kind of stuffing u used love from India

  95. Anita Rodriguez says:

    Lovely 🙂 Thank You

  96. Sadaf Bilal says:


  97. Juanita Huisentruit says:

    I have been looking for hiw to make my own dog beds for my giant great pyrenees they want so much for them in the pet stores. I didnt want to use stuffing as it would end up lumpy and my girls would not like that. Iam going to change my size a little to make it a little shorter but I just know this will work perfect for them. Thank you so much .

  98. renee Johnson says:

    Love this idea for our new grandson soon to arrive. 🥰 Thinking too about doing this for a dog pillow

  99. Mariana Silva says:

    I honestly love this! Definitely making one for my baby

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