1 ½ yards of felt (one or two colors)
Sewing machine and thread
Two circle patterns, like table tops or bowls
Is your family like mine? Do they lie around on the floor while watching TV? Why do they do that when there’s plenty of furniture? Well, I won’t try to psychoanalyze that right now; I’ll just make them more comfortable. You can do the same for your family when you sew some lounging pillows. Your kids can toss them on the floor, and get comfy while watching television, or you can put some on the couch; they’re perfect for use when lying on the couch.
Lounging pillows are so soft and, since they’re washable, they’re perfect for use as floor pillows. Make them as large or small as you want; it’s a quick-sew job to craft just one, or several. Felt is not costly and, with it, you don’t have to worry about finishing the edges of the pillow(s).
Lay the felt out on a table and draw a large circle. Make another circle, a couple of inches out, so that it goes around the first circle. Cut around the outer circle; cut two such pieces of felt. The two felt circles can be the same color, or different colors. Pin the two pieces together so that their wrong sides are facing each other (if you can distinguish between the front and the back).
Use small, straight stitches to sew around the inner circle, aligning the top circle with the bottom one. As you sew, you’ll leave a ruffle of felt around the pillow. Before you get to the place where you started, stop, and leave a small opening for stuffing the pillow. Stuff the pillow but not too much; it should remain somewhat flat. Sew the opening shut.
Use two, extra-large buttons to finish the pillow. Cut a long piece of twine and thread one shank button onto it. Bring the ends together and slide them through the needle. Push the needle through the center of the pillow top and down through the center of the bottom. Pull thread thread all the way through and then remove the needle. Slide the second button onto one of the thread pieces, and then tie both threads together tightly. Make sure that each button is well-positioned.
Since all you have to do is cut two circles, and sew one, the lounger pillow is one of the easiest ones that you can make. Since you sew a couple of inches in from the edges, you automatically create the look of a ruffle around each of the round pillows. They’re useful, comfy, colorful, and homey.