DIY: Urban Outfitters Inspired Floor Cushion! (No Sewing Machine)

DIY velvet dog bed

Hello, you gorgeous creatures and welcome to the post that tested both my sanity and my patience. Oh . . . this DIY. This bad boy right here. Am I happy how it turned out? Obviously – look how cute this is.

But was it an easy journey? Absolutely not. This was my first attempt at sewing and, in an effort to not carelessly buy expensive craft tools, I said “no, Mia, we are not buying a sewing machine. If you do some sewing crafts and *actually* need one, then we can talk.”. 

Which is logical, absolutely.

But not when you’re hand sewing an entire fucking cushion.

Regardless, I do love it. It’s a fun and (once you get into it) quite relaxing craft. I highly recommend doing this slowly over a few days – it’s a great project to do in front of the TV for an hour or two a night.

And it is far, far cheaper than spending $200 on a floor cushion from Urban Outfitters. (Which, as I’m in Australia, would actually be like AUD$350.) If you would like a cushion of your own and don’t fancy the craft project, you can pick up the originals below!

I’ve had this craft on the backburner for a while (as keenly spotted by Arshia back in May) – but it ended up getting completed at the perfect time. With the new addition of our puppy Lupa,  this cushion is not just for decoration . . . it’s also a great spot for my babies to sit and keep me company in my mini office!

DIY velvet dog bed

If you’re ready to take the plunge and craft this bad boy with me, let’s get started . . .


I actually ended up using bean bag stuffing because my local Kmart had it in stock and it was impossible to find pillow stuffing mid-COVID19. I don’t recommend this (unless you want a stylish beanbag). I really like the finished product, but it doesn’t hold it’s shape quite as well as it would if I’d used pillow stuffing – and bean bag balls are insufferable to work with. I’m still finding them in? The? Bathroom?


I did make an updated – and way more concise – version of this tutorial for smaller cushions. I’ve inserted it below in case you prefer shorter videos.)

FYI: You need to be working “inside out” so that the seams are on the side of the fabric you don’t want displayed.

1. Cut your fabric into different sections.

You need:

  • 2 x 23″ x 60″
  • 2 x 8″ x 62″
  • 2 x 25″ x 8 “

(FYI: These measurements are somewhat dodgy. They’re the exact ones I used as I gave myself two inches of “error padding” on the length and width panels. You definitely don’t need this much wiggle room; I included the originals because those are transparently what I used, but I think 8″ x 60.5″ and 8″ x 23.5″ would work better.

2. Sew the perimeter of your cushion together.

Pour yourself some wine, get a good movie on. This step is not for the faint of heart.  I personally did two lines of straight stitching, just to make sure the edges were super secure.

3. Sew the top and bottom of the cushion to the perimeter – make sure not to join it completely and leave a gap for filling with stuffing

4. Turn the pillow inside out and stuff! (Make sure to resew that gap you left.)

5. Mark off where you want the dips in your cushion. Tie off the end of some thread and sew through the spot you marked. Re-pierce near the original hole through to the other side and pull to create tension. Repeat this method until you’re happy. (This is easier to explain with the video tutorial.)

6. To tuft the edges, sew along them as if you’re creating a large seam from about an inch in from both sides. Pull taught to create tension. (Again – easier to explain in the video.)

Now, I know I’ve already shared this video with you . . . but I’m going to share it again. It’s just a video format of this tutorial and I think it’s a lot clearer than the mess my writing is. I’ve had 4 hours sleep guys, mama’s running on fumes.

And that’s it lovelies! Sorry for not being able to photograph this one any better… The office room is currently a “hide everything from the puppy” room. Very limited photo opportunities. Anyhoo, I hope you enjoyed this craft! If you’re into DIYs, make sure you’re following me on Pinterest.

What did you guys think of this DIY? Would you give it a try? Let me know your thoughts down below!


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30 thoughts on “DIY: Urban Outfitters Inspired Floor Cushion! (No Sewing Machine)”

  1. This is incredible! I cannot believe that you made this yourself and even that you made it with hand stitching alone!!! You have done an incredible job, you should be insanely proud of yourself! xx

  2. I saw the title of this post and literally all of my body screamed “IT IS HERE” like some kind of ritual summoning (I appreciate the little mention, ahahaha!) But, oh god, Mia, this is absolutely incredible! I thought it would be a little baby cushion to put on a sofa/armchair and did not expect this huge floor cushion at all! That too, one you’ve achieved without a sewing machine! It looks so professionally done, I am amazed!
    Also love the orange! It’s beautiful!

    1. You do make me laugh! πŸ™‚ I wish I’d started with a small cushion (I may still make some yet…) but alas here’s a whole mattress! Thank you so much for reading lovely xx

  3. First of all – what a brilliant diy. A question because I’m curious; did you use velvety fabric (looks like it in the photos)? And secondly HOLY SHIT YES, BEAN BAG STUFFING IS A NIGHTMARE. I used to have a bean bag and one day it just decided to explode and I had those little balls e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e. I actually had to buy a hand vacuum because that was the only way I could get rid of all of them… Sometimes I STILL will find one lonesome bean bag stuffing ball though…. It drives me madπŸ˜‚xx

    1. Aw, thank you Fiona! I did indeed use ribbed velvet – i was actually a lot thinner and easier to sew than I expected too (thank god). OH MY GOD, RIGHT? It’s like some obscure painful form of torture 20/10 don’t recommend xx

  4. This looks amazing! I haven’t attempted to hand sew anything for a really reallyyy long time but this might be worth a try. And my dog would look adorable sitting on it and let’s face it, his comfort levels are a top tier priority πŸ˜‚ x


    1. Thank you Sophie! It’s definitely a long hand sewing project, but the finished product I love so highly recommend giving a go (and definitely comes doggo approved πŸ˜‰ ) x

  5. Girl. Girl. GIRL!!! Is their anything you can’t frickin do? Just when I think you are done putting as mere mortals to shame with DIY’s you go and put not just those of us who still can’t draw inside the lines as adults (okay just me. it is me!), but no, you put Joanna frickin Gaines to shame! Holy shizzle! And not only did you make a frickin floor cushion that looks like it came from Bergdorfs, but you sewed it…BY HAND!!! That huge thing, BY HAND!!! I am floored, pun not intended, but seriously, I bow down to you. Here is the mic because you are officially the DIY queen. It looks amazing! And yes I would spend 400 dollars on it, because that is probably what drinking all the wine would cost me. <3

    1. Awww thank you so much Kate! You can’t see it, but your comment made me chuckle πŸ™‚ That is a very fair stance to take – if I had the money spare, I think I would 100% too! I was going to DIY an upholstered storage ottoman but after planning the hours that would take… I’m resigning the DIY hat for a sec haha! <3

  6. I love this! I feel like I’m not someone who is good at crafts but it would be super cute to have this in my lounge. Sadly I don’t have a dog to enjoy it, but I know back at my parents house their cat would absolutely loveee it haha, he’s very lazy and loves spreading himself out when he sleeps. If I had this I would probably end up lying on it whilst doing my blogging, looks like it would be very comfy. Thanks for sharing!

    Chloe xx

  7. This is incredible! I am in awe in how you managed to make something look amazing! I want to get into sewing but I think I might start with something smaller haha! In school I remember hand sewing a cover for a notepad and then using a sewing machine to make pillow covers and a duvet cover, but that is about it with my sewing skills haha! xx

    1. Thank you so much lovely! Urgh, that’s a great idea – love how this turned out, but DEFINITELY think a smaller project would’ve been a better starting point. You should check out Pinterest for sewing projects, there are some great ones there xx

  8. This looks really wonderful and I wanted to try this but I’m new to stitching. Can you tell me what stitching pattern you used?

  9. Hi Mia, this looks amazing 😍 would you consider doing the sewing machine version? I’m learning how to sew and would love to make this!

  10. Hey Mia!
    Thank you for such an amazing tutorial. Yours is the only one that actually makes me want to give it a try…LOL. I just have a question, how much stuffing did you actually end up using? I had ordered about 8 lbs of polyester stuffing but Walmart cancelled my order and now I only have the bean bag stuffing available :’D
    Happy Sunday!

  11. How many ounces of stuffing would you recommend purchasing for this floor pillow? The bag on Amazon is 32 ounces. I love this btw and thank you for sharing! I’m going to attempt making this πŸ™‚

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  13. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSS! I’m trying it. if the first one comes out ok. I’m trying a stackable one. How much would you say it cost to make it?

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