Toddler Floor Pillows

toddler pillow pattern

We hope you have all had a wonderful holiday with your family! We have been busy busy sewing up gifts and taking some time to enjoy each others company.  So now it’s time to share some of the things we’ve been sewing. I made one of these pillows for each of my little ones and my nephew (3, 2, and 1) These toddler floor pillows were sewn up using the Land of Nod inspired tutorial from Living with Punks.

Overall the tutorial was clear and easy to follow. These pillows are really fast to sew up. Drafting the large circle was one of the most time consuming parts. If you are new to piping that may slow you down- but it’s an easy application so you’ll catch on really quick even if you are a newbie. (Just make sure you have the right foot on your machine)

land of nod pillows

I had originally considered making piping out of the same fabric as the pillow. I forgot to take this in to account when buying yardage, so I didn’t have nearly enough fabric for that.

The only problem I ran into was with the length of that long rectangle that runs around the body of the pillow. I cut to her specifications, but ran 2-5 inches short on all three pillows when pinning around the circle top. Maybe I didn’t pull them quite as tight as she did. Either way I would make that piece a couple inches longer- better safe than sorry. It added a piece in to lengthen mine, the extra seam didn’t really bother me.

diy floor pillow

The sizing is just right for a toddler. They are nice and light. Manageable for my little one to pick up a carry, but plenty of room for a 4-5 yr. old to sit. The only potential issue I would see is these are just stuffed so if there was a catastrophic spill I would have to open up a seam and replace the stuffing.

Overall I was really happy with how they turned out and the kids are happy using them as landing zones for their stunt maneuvers 😉

How did you your handmade sewing projects turn out?

Happy Sewing,


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  • Amy mayen December 27, 2012, 4:55 pm

    Absolutely fabulous! I love the “handles”. There’s some trouble with the first photo…it’s cut in half. I hate when that happens! Have a great post-Christmas!
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    • onceuponasewingmachine December 28, 2012, 6:45 pm

      The handles are the kids favorite part!

  • Cindy December 27, 2012, 6:48 pm

    The floor pillows turned out great!
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  • Pam December 28, 2012, 4:13 am

    The handles are a great idea! I think I prefer the piping in the contrasting colour, rather than the main fabric.

    • onceuponasewingmachine December 28, 2012, 6:47 pm

      I think the contrast makes them a little more fun. Good change of plans after all.

  • Jessica @ A Humble Creation December 29, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve been working on a revamp of our playroom and think these would be perfect for my 3 little ones! I’m a new follower on G+
    Happy New Year!
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    • onceuponasewingmachine December 29, 2012, 8:48 pm

      We plan on using them in a reading area with the kids. I think they are great playroom additions!

  • Katie @ Horrific Knits December 30, 2012, 9:38 am

    Those are adorable!
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    • onceuponasewingmachine December 30, 2012, 10:23 am

      Thank you!

  • Stella Marie December 31, 2012, 8:47 am

    I love love love these….would be perfect for my 1 year old. I can’t wait to try it out!! I love your fabric choice too!!
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    • onceuponasewingmachine December 31, 2012, 10:18 am

      Thank you! It is so nice to find something sized for a toddler.

  • Tracey@We-Made-That January 2, 2013, 9:25 am

    Those came out great! I love the fabric you choose and I really do like the piping in a different color. Thanks for sharing on We Made That!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 2, 2013, 12:49 pm

      Thanks for stopping by to comment!

  • Heather Feather January 2, 2013, 1:22 pm

    Awesome! I love the fabrics you chose! I made one of these before my son was born, and I’m really excited for him to be old enough to use it!
    Thanks for linking up!
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    • onceuponasewingmachine January 2, 2013, 2:45 pm

      It smart to sew for them before they’re born! ha! I stuffed my littlest one’s a little on the light side (it will be easy to open and fluff) seems to make it easier for her to sit on.

  • Christina @ Floridays Mom January 2, 2013, 2:09 pm

    Saw you on Creations by Kara..these are super cute! I love your bold choice of fabrics. Adorable!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 2, 2013, 2:47 pm

      Thank you!

  • Kathryn Griffin January 6, 2013, 6:57 pm

    How perfect and super cute! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  • Jaime Frye February 18, 2013, 1:21 pm

    Love these! Do you by chance sell these?

    • onceuponasewingmachine February 18, 2013, 3:17 pm

      Hi Jamie,
      Thanks! It’s not our pattern so unfortunately we can’t sell them. The blogger who designed them does sell them in her shop, here

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