Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kids' Pillow Seats

I've been wanting to make my boys bean bag chairs for a while, but the idea of so many beans somehow getting loose in my house has been holding me back. So when I saw these cute Pottery Barn Kids-inspired floor cushions at Living with Punks, I knew they were the perfect compromise...sturdy and comfy, but no beans  (=

Mine are a little taller and have a different kind of handle than the inspiration version (better for swinging in the inevitable cushion wars!), and I'm really happy with how they turned out. The airplane-printed denim and piping were from my stash, so my only expense was about $15 for poly stuffing. It took an entire huge bag to fill the two pillow seats, and they probably could have used a bit more, but I wasn't going to buy another bag.

These are going to be added to the rapidly growing stash of Christmas gifts for the boys (books, growth chart, monster wallets, pajamas, dino mats, mittens and hats) . They get spoiled (not to mention over-exposed to the commercialism of Christmas) every year, so I was trying to stick to, "Something to wear, something to read, something they want, something they need", as a gift planning guide. So far, except for some books and two videos, all of their gifts are homemade, so I don't feel too badly about the little extras.

Hubby and I are in the midst of what we're calling a mini stay-cation. We've put the kids in daycare for three days (my first time away from both of them!) and have been taking bubble baths, reading, crafting, blogging and just relaxing. No housework, bare essentials cooking, no stress. I pick up the kids for dinner and bedtime, so we all have some family time, too. We can't afford a real vacation right now (plus kids are at a difficult age for travel), so this is our budget alternative and it's been great. This afternoon will be dedicated to a bit more sewing and a little Christmas decoration making, so I should have more to post this week!

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  1. Very cute. I'll bet they love them.


  2. Awesome! I love that fun print :) Your boys are lucky having a great mama to make them all that stuff! Thanks for leting me know!

  3. Very brilliant idea Tanya, I like your blog too, simple and creative... the cushions are good for a young boy or girls room.. very cute
    Hope you would like to spare a bit of your time for me at
    I am your newsest follower too

  4. I love your floor cushions. I am just beginning to sew. I would love to be able to make something similar one day! Your boys are fortunate to have such a creative mom! I love your method of choosing Christmas gifts. I will keep that in mind for the holidays as well.

  5. I just love those. My cousin is making some this year for Christmas gifts. I hope I get a chance to make som too!

    Thanks for your commment on my blog. I'm glad my art chaos inspired you!

    Brandy (Gluesticks)

  6. What a wonderful idea! I have always loved the look but thought the stuffing would cost an arm and a leg to buy. But I was thinking foam... hmmm. You did a great job!

    Your stacation sounds so peaceful and rejuvenating at the same time. Now you can be all rested up and love every minute with your children even more. I am a stay at home mom and both of my kids are in school. I can get things done during the day and be with them when they are home. I wouldn't change it for anything.

  7. Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. Sorry, I find it hard to respond as you are a "no-reply" commentor - so I can not just send you an email back. But I do appreciate all of them!
    And I am glad I came to your blog today. I LOVE the seats you made! Very pretty! I really would love to make some, too. But I feel really intimidated ... I am guessing they are not really easy to sew ... I have never done piping ...

    And I also love how you decide what to give for Christmas. I will have to think about that. I have just put together a list of what I COULD make - theoretically - for my kids. And it ended up being so terribly long ... I would never be able to finish. *sigh* And I find it really hard to decide which ones to go for ... Maybe the "Something to..." will help me!

    And I love your attitude about the staycation. ;-) At the moment it is really hard for me and my hubby to have some quality time together alone as the smallest one is still too little ... But I still admire that great attitude of yours and hope I will remember it!

  8. Oh my goodness, she did a WAY better job then I did!!! Her blog is beautiful! I love how she did her window and the plate and... EVERYTHING! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Great job on these Tanya!! I have never attempted sewing any sort of "furniture" so I am always intrigued by these sort of projects. I am sure they will be loved and well used! Our mini Disney princess Zellers bad foam couch makes me feel really inadequate about now.

  10. These cushions are very cute...I would try to make one for my daughter.

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