For me, summer is all about sitting on the floor. I basically exist within 3 feet off the ground for a few months. It’s so much more natural and comfortable when it’s hot than sitting in chairs and outdoor sofas! You can sit up, you can recline, you can lounge, you’re FREE! One caveat: you need something soft under your derrière… The overwhelming desire to protect my buttocks is behind (no pun intended, although… maybe) this easy hack. With this DIY floor pillow idea, you will get your entire party something to sit on in no time – and barely any money, this is a seriously frugal hack that costs the price of a few meters of twine!
All you need for this project are some thick chair cushions to upcycle into Boho floor pillows. Read on to find out how to make these in 3 easy steps!
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Step 1: Create jute tassels
To start off, you need to create some jute tassels. You’ll need 4 tassels per pillow. The fastest way I found to make tassels is to chain-make them, rather than one after another.
Repurpose a cardboard box to cut four 2 to 3″ (5 to 7cm) squares. Wrap thin 1mm jute twine around each cardboard squares.
With a sharp pair of scissors or a craft knife, slice the twine on one side.
Next, cut a length of jute and use it to tie the bunch in the middle. Bring all the yarn down to start shaping the tassel. Finally, cut a new piece of jute and use this one to tie the top of the tassel, like in the picture above.
Step 2: Attach the tassel and the corner design
Now, pierce the chair cushion fabric right at the corner with a sharp pair of scissors or a bamboo skewer. Insert the tassel tail and knot to secure the tassel.
Next, cut an 8″ (20cm) long piece of thick jute twine. Glue it in a loop with the ends meeting the tassel in the corner of the cushion. Then, cut two 6 1/4″ (16cm) pieces of thick jute yarn and glue them on each side of the central loop.
Step 3: Tie the DIY Floor Pillow corner
Finally, cut a longer piece of thick jute and glue it at the back of the cushion corner near the tassel. Start wrapping the twine upward. I did no more than 4 wraps before gluing the jute at the back of the cushion and cutting it short.
That’s all! As promised, it’s a very simple hack to quickly upcycle some plain chair cushions into Indian-inspired floor pillows.
We did a test drive and we’re happy to report they’re fantastic! Hot glue is an excellent binder on fabric and jute so the corner decorations are holding strong.