Today, I’d like to share a teepee cushion DIY since teepee’s are all the rage right now. You can read about my love affair with the teepee here. Although you can purchase teepee cushions like this from Land of Nod, I refuse to let a good fabric go to waste (one that’s been taking up space in my To-Be-Used-At-Some-Point stock pile, no less) and jump at any DIY opportunity that is as simple as a square sewing job.
I used a blush faux fur fabric I purchased over a year ago for my daughter’s baptism dessert table cover. I held onto it knowing I’d somehow use it for pillows for my daughter or during holidays while I’m on this blush kick.
You can use any fabric, but ones that are plush and easy to clean are best. Faux fur in particular elevates the teepee with a little luxe rather than being too masculine or hard-edged (and dog bed-like lol). If you don’t go the plush route, I suggest outdoor fabric since they’re tough, made for wear and come in fun, bright patterns.
What you need:
- a couple of hours (or 3 if you’ve got a two year old begging for your attention every 10 minutes)
- thick upholstery foam cut in a square slightly smaller than the base of your teepee (mine is about 2.5” thick purchased from JoAnn Fabrics)
- fabric of your choice (needs to end up larger than the foam by about 2 inches on each side)
- sewing machine
- (optional) non-slip rug pad
What to do:
Cut the fabric to at least 2” past each side of your foam.
Wrap the foam with the fabric inside out so the seam lines up in the middle.
Pin the seam by holding the fabric taught, but not so tight to where it’ll rip once your kid starts jumping on it, starting from the outside in on both sides. You’ll want to leave enough room in between the pinned sides opened/unpinned so you can squeeze the cushion into it later on. I left about 20” for the opening.
Once you’re finished pinning the middle seam, pin both sides completely.
Next, remove the foam cushion through the opening you left on the middle seam.
Starting with the middle seam, with the sewing machine sew all of your pinned edges.
Once all seams have been sewed shut, flip the cover right-side out.
Shimmy the cushion into the cover.
Using an invisible hand stitch, preferably, seal the seam shut.
Flip the cushion right-side up, place in the teepee and sit back and watch your kids enjoy it.
Optional: if using on hardwood try a nonslip rug pad to keep the cushion from sliding around. If you want to make sure it’s extra secure, sew tabs along the bottom sides of the teepee walls to connect to the cushion sides. You may use buttons or velcro to connect the two.
Now sit back and unleash your tot. My daughter, Harper, tumbled on it for half an hour when I revealed it to her. lol It is now officially her “drink milk in a bottle” sanctuary.