HOME DECOR DIY: Golden Sun Floor Cushion

This golden sun floor cushion is perfect for the long days of summer spent soaking up that sunlight outdoors or watching movies on rainy days inside. I picked a durable canvas reinforced with Fairfield World Smooth Fusible Fleece Interfacing to cover a thick piece of Soft Support Foam. I'm really into celestial designs lately, so this sun had to happen eventually. Also, the more metallics the merrier is my current decor mood. I hand sewed the canvas around the foam, which is a great no-fuss way to make a cushion cover. This is a great project for people who don't want to fiddle with a sewing machine or patterns.

Fairfield World and Dritz provided me with their products for their project. Fairfield World paid me to create this tutorial. I use Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases made with those links with result in Amazon paying me a small commission.


1) Lay the foam on the canvas. Wrap the canvas around the foam, overlapping three sides to allow for extra seam allowance. Cut the canvas to the needed amount. Unwrap the foam.

2) Cut the a piece of Smooth interfacing to match the canvas. I had a big scrap of Smooth left, which ended up working fine. Place the Smooth rough side to the fabric. Turn the iron to cotton. Iron/fuse the Smooth to the canvas. I leave the iron in one section for 10 seconds, before moving it to another section. Smooth flattens out when fused, making it easy to spot sections that aren't fully fused. Fuse the sides well.

3) Wrap the fused canvas back around the foam. Fold in the fabric edges, along the foam edges. Press the t-pins through the fabric and foam, to secure the folds. The side opposite the wrapped side is easiest to pin, as it's just a straight line. The other two ends require some folding and cutting away of excess. Take your time to reduce the bulk and make crisp folded edges.

4) Cut a long piece of crochet thread. Thread a large sewing needle. Match the thread ends and double knot them together. Starting at the far right corner, working to the left, insert the needle under the fabric fold. Pull up, tucking the knot into the fold. I used a feather like stitch to close the seams, because I liked the look. Insert the needle under the fold and up through the top about 1/8" from the seam. Pull the thread up. Insert the needle under the seam on the opposite side and push up about 1/8" from the seam. Pull the thread up. Continue sewing back and forth like this, staggering the stitches to form a feather like stitch. When the thread gets low or you finish a section, knot off the thread under a previous stitch. Insert the needle under previous stitches through the fabric, pulling up a few inches away from the knot. Pull tight to hide the knot. Cut off the excess thread. Remove the t-pins as you are stitching. Repeat this stitching until all seams are closed.

5) Pick a side to be the top. I liked the stitching so much, that I picked the stitching side as the top. Use a ruler to find the center or just estimate. Use chalk to mark the center of the cushion and each top edge. Draw a sun or design of your choice. Draw the basic design. Things like a background, polka dots and dashes will be added during painting.

6) Squeeze a little of each paint color onto the paper plate. Use a small paint brush to paint over the chalk lines. Rinse the brush in the cup of water and dry it with a paper towel when changing colors. I added a background when I noticed I'd accidentally gotten gold paint where I didn't want it. I tried to keep my sun design semi-symmetrical, but the imperfections make it more interesting. Let the paint fully dry for a couple hours before using. The chalk marks can be removed with a damp cloth.

This project can be adapted for any of the 4"-5" thick Soft Support Foam sizes. Of course I use a lot of black and metallics in my home decor. You can certainly use any color palette and motif you desire. You could even use a printed fabric instead of painting your own design. If you want to use these cushions outside, consider wrapping the cushions with Shield Interfacing and sewing it in place, before adding the fused fabric. This will protect the foam from wetness, but I don't recommend leaving the cushions outside. This is a damp grass or wet bathing suit protection. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!


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