Materials

26" (66 cm) square pillow form
7
⁄8 yd of 42" (106.5 cm) wide linen or cotton/linen blend for pillow front
7
⁄8 yd of 42" (106.5 cm) wide cotton for the
pillow backs

⁄ 8 yd of 42" (106.5 cm) wide coordinating
cotton for the ties

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Fabric scraps (around 6" [15 cm] wide) for
leaf appliqués
1 package of 20 × 26" (51 × 66 cm)
Sulky® Stiffy™ tear-away stabilizer
Fusible Web for appliquéd leaves
Coordinating sewing thread for tree trunks
and leaf appliqués
Leaf templates in Appendix A

Tie-back
Floor Pillow

Tools
Darning foot for your sewing machine
Measuring tape

This organic-chic floor pillow is perfect for pulling up
to watch a movie in comfort or just to set the tone

French curve (optional)

as a personalized living room accessory. The slightly

Fabric marking pen

funky appliquéd leaf design gives this pillow a bou-

note:

Seam allowances are ½" (1.3 cm)
unless otherwise indicated.

tique look, while a soft pillow insert makes it a comfy
addition to your living space.

Don’t have a large pillow insert to make the floor pillow? Make a custom square pillow
cover using the same technique! Here’s a chart with the cut dimensions of your fabric:
Pillow Size

Cut 1 Pillow Front

Cut 2 Pillow Backs

12" (30.5 cm) square

13 × 13" (33 × 33 cm)

13 × 8" (33 × 20.5 cm)

14" (35.5 cm) square

15 × 15" (38 × 38 cm)

15 × 9" (38 × 23 cm)

16" (40.5 cm) square

17 × 17" (43 × 43 cm)

17 × 10" (43 × 25.5 cm)

18" (45.5 cm) square

19 × 19" (48.5 × 48.5 cm)

19 × 11" (48.5 × 28 cm)

20" (51 cm) square

21 × 21" (53.5 × 53.5 cm)

21 × 12" (53.5 × 30.5 cm)

22" (56 cm) square

23 × 23" (58.5 × 58.5 cm)

23 × 13" (58.5 × 33 cm)

24" (61 cm) square

25 × 25" (63.5 × 63.5 cm)

25 × 14" (63.5 × 35.5 cm)

26" (66 cm) square

27 × 27" (68.5 × 68.5 cm)

27 × 15" (68.5 × 38 cm)

28" (71 cm) square

29 × 29" (73.5 × 73.5 cm)

29 × 16" (73.5 × 40.5 cm)

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