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i saw the idea to make portable pillow floor beds from bed pillows in different places (and just look how much they cost!!) and they seemed perfect for my kids.
we have a bunch of pillows in our living room (including a couple of my 100% upcycled ones) and the kids often play with them. and they often put them on the floor to sit or lie down on. (ha! i just noticed that sofia’s headband is made from the same fabric as the pillow under her feet. this is what happens when you make half of what’s in your home!)
one tutorial made them from regular fabric, another from pillowcases and yet other with bedsheets. i decided to make my pillow floor beds from thrifted duvet covers.
i’m a regular presence at the weekly market in my town because there’s one whole part of it with used clothes and textiles for great prices, perfect for someone like me who loves recuperating unloved things!
i managed to find quite a few used duvet covers with pretty cool fabric for €2 each. here are the first four that i used to make this project for my kids and some others as well.
first you have to cut the fabric to the right size so that four pillows can sit side-by-side. then, if there are any openings to slip in the duvet, you need to sew them closed. on this one, i decided to leave the buttons because they were in good shape and i thought they added some visual appeal.
you need to sew the cut-open side either with a serger or just turning under and stitching closed. then you make the divisions. for this part i started at the closed side and, when i arrived close to the open side, i’d fold the hem inwards and then sewed down to the edge. then i added some plastic snaps at regular intervals to keep it closed.
after having seen this post of sheri’s, i decided to use these cheap ikea pillows to stuff them. or, if you’re a super upcycler, you could also use scrap fabric or clothes that you don’t need anymore and sew it completely shut, as elisa explained in questo libro è un abat jour (which i reviewed here). i didn’t do it this way because then it would’ve become too heavy for the kids to play with (like my recuperated poufs) and in any case i had to make several for gifts.
you can keep them completely stetched out or fold one end under like a pillow or use in all sorts of other ways. (but it’s hard to take a decent picture of them because they’re big!)
and here’s the fun part: watching how the kids use them! you can roll on them…
…get rolled up…
…or just ponder life. there are endless possiblities!
p.s. have you noticed that my daughter is hopelessly thumb-addicted? her permanent upper teeth are starting to come out and i’m considerably worried about it because i can’t get her to stop!! do any of you have any advice for me?!?!