Making Large Cushions for Kids

Large cushions make great substitutes for seating in a child's bedroom. They are easy to make and can be designed to suit any decor. Involve your kids in the project and ask them for their ideas. That way, they'll have more of a sense of pride when it comes to looking after their cushions. Large cushions are practical and can add splashes of color to a bedroom. Your kids will enjoy many hours of playing on them, lounging on them, and probably sleeping on them. A good idea is to create a cushion nook for a comfortable place to read and relax. Removable covers are essential for easier cleaning. Choose fabrics that are machine washable and long wearing so that your kids can keep their cushions for years to come.

Choosing Fabrics for Cushions

Choose fabrics that are shrink resistant and heavy. Cotton blends, corduroys, linens, and even upholstery fabrics are the best choice. Heavier fabrics are less prone to tear and will last much longer than lighter fabrics. Lighter fabrics can be used for accents and appliques, but don't use them for the base of the cushion.

What Size to Go?

Go quite large. If the cushions are going to be square, a minimum of 60cm squared is an ideal start. Of course, the cushions can be made in any desired shape. From a rectangle to a whale, doing it yourself opens up the possibilities to get as creative as you like. Tape up sheets of tissue paper, greaseproof paper, or newspaper; to draw your pattern on to. Always allow 1" to 2" for the seam. It's best to make your template sheet at least one meter squared. Having plenty of room to work on will make it easier to adjust your pattern to suit.

Stuff Them

Cushions can be stuffed with a variety of materials, even shredded fabric. If you have sheets or clothing that are beyond repair, consider using them to fill your cushions, rather than throw them out. Polystyrene balls, foam rubber, and polyester fillings are usually popular choices. Choose the stuffing according to how soft you want the cushions to be. The softest is polyester filling. To make it easier when washing cushion covers, make a removable liner for the stuffing.

Zip It

Put a zip in both the cushion cover and the liner so they can be removed and washed. Buttons or press studs can also be used as fasteners but the quickest way to go is a zipper. Zippers are easy to open and close and last for years. Buttons and press studs may need maintenance down the track.

Design Ideas

  • Sew geometrical shapes onto the cushions.
  • Create a scene, such as, a farm, a castle, or the planets.
  • Choose a theme, like the seaside, and cut cushions into starfish, sharks, fish, and other sea creatures.
  • Use iron-on photographs or patches.
  • Sew ribbons and plastic jewels onto cushions.
  • Do patchwork or use contrasting colors for a checker board.
  • Denim jeans can be converted to make sturdy cushion covers. Leave all the pockets on, for a hiding place for treasures.