Storytime Cushion

This idea had been stuck in my head for a long time.  I couldn’t get it off my brain so I knew I had to make it so I could move on to other projects.  I’m calling it the storytime cushion because I think it would be perfect for a reading nook or in a bedroom.  It can also do double duty by being a chair pad!  Natalie is infamous for being a stander/kneeler at the table, so hopefully this will make it a little more cushy for her. 

The cushion measures about 15″ in diameter and has a handy little zipper so it can be washed.  I used a dark wash denim on the top and bottom hoping that it will make it a little more durable.  I’m always doodling while the girls are coloring and the rainbow one is a doodle that I draw all the time.  Do you draw the same things over and over, or do you always come up with new stuff?  I thought it made a great applique for the top of the cushion.

It was also a great way to use up scraps!  I think I know why people love patchwork so much.  I probably won’t be able to stop now, ha.  I made my own piping using this tutorial for making bias tape from a fat quarter and some cording I bought at Home Depot.  I love the all the text fabrics that are out there, especially this one by Sweetwater for Moda. 

If anyone’s interested I did plan on making a tutorial (although I’ll be needing to refine the measurements a little – thank goodness patchwork is forgiving).   Let me know if you want the how-to!   Update: Aug 2010: Ended up losing motivation to make this into a tutorial.  And the fact that I just can’t sew with piping very well.  You can find a similar type project here or here.  The only differences is that I used a zipper for the opening and put a 3″ slab of foam in there that I had cut into a circle!  Hope that helps!

11 thoughts on “Storytime Cushion

  1. dana says:

    VERY cool. Fun idea!

  2. Dahlia says:

    Cute – what a neat idea! And as far as my doodling goes, I’m always drawing flowers (go figure)…

  3. Amy says:

    Very cute-great idea! I tend to doodle snails and flowers while the kids draw 🙂

  4. Karina says:

    great idea. i guess i need to make one as well

  5. Mare says:

    So cute, I love that rainbow!

  6. Rose.W. says:

    That is great. I love it .

  7. granolachic says:

    yes yes yes!!! please make a tutorial…i’d even buy the pattern. i am new to sewing…we homeschool and THIS is just TOO perfect!!! i love your blog…found you via MADE boys month! can’t wait to come back and find more!!

  8. Colleen says:

    Hi. Great blog. I would love a tutorial. I am new to sewing as well. Thanks!

  9. thetobyshow says:

    It’s been a while but would still love to see a tutorial for this. I’d love to have a small stack in the corner of the living room for my ladies craft night around the coffee table and when the kids have friends over.

    Also, can you tell me where you found the pillow to insert? Or did you make that, too?

  10. @theheart says:

    i love this so much! it has so much whimsy : ) you really have great fabric taste!!! i might have to make this for my daughter : ) ♥ it!

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