DIY: Cosy Reading-Nook Floor Cushions (UO Inspired)

Hello, beautiful people and welcome to the collab post that is going to set you up for the next stretch of stay-at-home orders! Today I’m partnering with the lovely Anika from Chapters Of May – and we’re going to be helping you to create a dream reading nook!

It’s not something I mention all that frequently on my blog, but I am an avid reader. I adore books and writing; the first blog I created was actually dedicated to creative writing exercises!

Ever since I was old enough to read, I have always wanted a little reading nook. A tiny, cosy corner of space dedicated to getting lost in the world between the pages of a book. (And, naturally, a corner for me to decorate. You guys know how your girl loves her shiny things.)

So, for this two-part collab, I’m going to be sharing some cosy reading nook DIYs . . . and Anika is going to be sharing some cosy reads to snuggle up in!

I would love for you guys to check out this tutorial in video format and subscribe to me over on Youtube too!

DIY Square Floor Cushions (Inspired By Urban Outfitters!) – No Sewing Machine Needed!

This DIY is actually similar to my Urban Outfitters inspired DIY floor mattress (turned out super cute before our foster pup destroyed it – you should check that tutorial out). That shameless self promo done, I actually think these cushions turned out even better!

Considering the real thing retails for $50 and I made these for the equivalent of $8 . . . Houston, I think we have a winner!

YOU WILL NEED (per cushion):

I know – something so beautiful and yet so simple.

STEP-BY-STEP:

  1. Cut the pillow panels out of your fabric – 2 panels of 40cm x 40cm and 4 panels of 40cm x 6cm. My pillows are 40cm x 40 cm with a depth of 6cm – but you can always adjust the sizes depending on your space.
    TIP: Use super sharp/fabric scissors for this. Normal scissors won’t give you a clean cut and are a bitch to work with.
  2. Thread your needle and tie a knot in the string at the far end. This knot will keep your string in place as you work.
  3. Turn your fabric panels inside out so you’re working with the non-velvet side. Using a straight running stitch, sew the 6cm x 40 cm panels together at the 6cm edge. I did two rows of straight stitches to get this nice and secure.
  4. Once you’ve got the perimeter of your cushion sewn together, sew the top panel on using the same running stitch method. (Still inside out.)
  5. Then sew the bottom panel on, but make sure to leave a gap big enough to fit your fist in.
  6. Turn the cushion inside out and fill with your pillow stuffing. I literally just ripped apart some cushions I bought from Kmart for this.
  7. Sew closed the gap you left for stuffing. And pat yourself on the back because Houston we have a cushion. Now, onto the fancy edges.
  8. To get the chunky edging the Urban Outfitters cushions have, we’re essentially going to create a really exposed seam. (Seams being where we connect two pieces of fabric – what you were doing before.)
  9. We’re going to use the same technique for all of our edges, so pick whichever one you like to start. Pinch 2cm in from the seam and start to do a loose running stitch from one side to another (making sure to always work that 2cm away from the edge).
    TIP: pull the thread tighter to create tension, which gives your edges that really bunched appearance.
  10. Repeat this for all edges.
  11. Mark out where you want the dips in your cushion to be (I had 4 dips, but you can have as many as you like).
  12. (I used embroidery thread for this step, but if you don’t have it you can sub in normal thread) Tie a knot at the bottom of your thread and bring the needle back up through your mark, then bring it back through the cushion. Rinse and repeat until your tuft is the depth you want.
  13. Repeat this for all your marks . . . and then you’re done!

I made these pillows in two different colours, so I have a psuedo-mattress going on here. I may potentially make a couple more of these and have a little stacking situation going on! We shall see, we shall see . . .

Anyways, that’s this post all nicely wrapped up! I now have a perfect little reading space – and I shall have to invest in some of Anika’s cosy reads to settle in with! (Which reminds me – go check out her post!)

If you’re an avid crafter, make sure you’re following my DIY boards on Pinterest!

I hope you guys all enjoyed this fun craft. Would you recreate this yourselves? Which colour did you prefer? Let me know your thoughts down below!

Peace,

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45 thoughts on “DIY: Cosy Reading-Nook Floor Cushions (UO Inspired)”

  1. Another amazing DIY!!! I currently have a reading beanbag, but if I ever need a floor cushion, I will return to this blog post for ideas. Thanks for sharing, Mia! 😀

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much, Ming! I do love a good beanbag though 🙂

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you, Mish! I’m glad you liked the finished product – I’m in the same boat, I love both colours x

  2. infinitelyadaydreamer – Sydney – hey there, I'm Maryam! A minimalist, intersectional feminist, lifestyle + wellness blogger and creatively driven teen from sunny Sydney. I'm an aspiring interior designer and self proclaimed iced coffee fanatic. Welcome to infinitelyadaydreamer, a home for all my internal musings. I hope you'll stay a while x

    I really enjoy your unique and gorgeous DIY’s! This is so lush looking and must be really comfy. Getting all the luxe chic vibes. I should try this out some time. I’d love some seating in my room that isn’t a desk chair, even if it’s not a real desk chair, and my bed.

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much Maryam! <3 They are *so* comfy - the official UO ones are way flatter, but I wanted mine to be full comfort so I made em chunkier. Let me know if you do try it, I'd love to see what you come up with!

      1. infinitelyadaydreamer – Sydney – hey there, I'm Maryam! A minimalist, intersectional feminist, lifestyle + wellness blogger and creatively driven teen from sunny Sydney. I'm an aspiring interior designer and self proclaimed iced coffee fanatic. Welcome to infinitelyadaydreamer, a home for all my internal musings. I hope you'll stay a while x

        Oh, for sure!

  3. Keri Elaine – Hi! My name is Keri and I am a working actress. Welcome to my corner of the internet, where I talk a ton about mindset, share some travel highlights, the arts, life experiences with a splash of fashion. If you appreciate the arts, fashion, mindset, comedic skits, and open conversation, then this is the site for you!

    I can’t believe these were 8 bucks, even at home good you would spend 25 on each one. Added this to my Pinterest board for later. Thanks Mia!

    https://kerielaine.com
    Keri

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      I know, right?! The great thing is you have a good bit of fabric left over too, so that $8 covers some more crafts too 😉 Thanks for sharing, Keri!

  4. Hannah – Hello there! My name is Hannah and I am a 22 year old lifestyle blogger who loves travelling, coffee and social media. Welcome to my corner of the Internet.

    This looks incredible! You could honestly convince me that this was from Urban Outfitters and charge me full price for it!!! xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Hahaha thank you, Hannah! I was super pleased with how they turned out 🙂 xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much, lovely! I hope you’re keeping well xx

  5. K.M. Sutton – I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!

    I just wat t know when your show will be airing here in the US on HGTV. Because SERIOUSLY girl! I was in awe of the other seat cushion you made, but this are absolutely gorgeous! I love that plush fuchsia material. So gorgeous! <3

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Hehehe, thank you Kate! I definitely swear too much for a US tv show LOL! I’m glad you liked the finished product <3

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you, Marissa – I’m glad you liked the finished product 🙂

  6. chicmydarling – Hey there! I’m Angie, a Toronto based blogger with a passion for fashion, travel, beauty & more!

    Girl WOW!! This is so cute! I love that you included a video as well! I’ll make sure to check back for more diy tutorials! Love your site! So fun and creative!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much – I’m glad you enjoyed the finished product 🙂 x

  7. YesMissy – Toronto, Canada – Eileen is the Canadian lifestyle blogger behind YesMissy.com. She's a creative mind, lover of fashion, and wanderlust at heart. Here you'll find her thoughts on style, beauty, travel, decor and more. Beyond just a the blog, YesMissy encompasses the philosophy that life is about creating moments and not waiting for them.

    These cushions turned out amazing!! They look so luxe and expensive too. It’s also nice that you didn’t need a sewing machine, which is something always holds me back when it comes to sewing projects.

    Eileen | yesmissy.com

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you, Melody – I’m glad you liked the finished product 🙂

  8. I absolutely love these! The material is just stunning and really add that bit of extra luxe to them. I would love to have a go at making some form of floor cushion, so I may just have to give your method a go. Perfect for a little reading nook!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

  9. Rossy Galaxy – Pacific Northwest – I'm a full-time SAHM to an energetic 5 year old boy and I'm married to my best friend. / / I love makeup, photography and cars.

    what a great idea 😀 i know the basics of sewing but want to learn more because i have found so many things on pinterest that i would like to do 🙂

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