Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Team Colors Seat Cushion

Come Tailgate With Us!

My project is a cushion with handles for carrying ease! This cushion would be useful in those uncomfortable stadium seats, on the bleachers, or on the back of a pick-up truck.

Below, I'll give you the links to the other 8 blog posts!

The team colors shown in this tutorial do not reflect Bob's favorite team, but this is the fabric that I had on hand. Stacy from Stacy Sews and Schools would probably love tohave this cushion to match her DIY Lap Rug or any of her other Steelers projects.

I originally planned for this cushion to be kind of hard, or stiff. I wanted it to at least be fully stuffed. I still may go back and resew some of the inside seams to make the cover tighter. However, by leaving it the way it is, it serves as a cushion and a pillow.

I didn't have to buy any of the materials for this cushion. I didn't use much fabric at all and I used an old pillow for the inside filling. I already had the ribbon from a prior project.


1 old pillow

2 square pieces of fabric approximately 17" x 17"

4 pieces of fabric approximately 4 1/2" x 17" (you can make these thinner or thicker, depending on how thick you want the cushion)

Ribbon, or something like it for the handles

I started by cutting the pillow to a square size. I kept the remainder to make a small, decorative neck roll pillow. I washed this pillow before starting...you can't tell. Good thing I'm covering it up.

I then cut the pieces of fabric to the dimensions described above.

On one of the yellow pieces (side piece) I pinned an X of ribbon to create the handles. When I sew it together, the ribbon will get sewn into place.

I started sewing the yellow pieces to one of the black pieces. Basically the sides to the top piece, making sure to sew the right sides together.

Then I sewed the bottom piece onto the side pieces, making sure to keep the right sides together. I made sure to leave a hole in one section so I can get the pillow inside.

Then I sewed the corners shut.

Here it is before I put the cushion inside.

I slipped the cushion inside then carefully sewed the open seam together. This can be done one of two ways, you can use the machine, and have a noticeable seam, or you can hand sew it and maybe hide it a little better. I opted for the machine. I mean, you're going to sit on it; it doesn't really matter.

And here's the handy handle:

And the finished pillow:

Now for the other bloggers!

Karen at Baking in a Tornado has created a Glazed Kielbasa Sandwich; A recipe for Kielbasa and vegetables marinated, skewered, grilled and served on a roll.

Stacy at Stacy Sews and Schools has made Team Color Earmuffs; Sewn fleece headband/earmuff thingies in her favorite team colors.

Robin at Someone Else's Genius will be giving us an inside look at college football with her review of The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football.

Diane at Canning and Cooking at Home will be giving us a recipe for Spicy Mustard Relish; using up all your green garden tomatoes into a wonderful relish.

Shellybean at Follow Me Home has made Busy Bags; a step-by-step tutorial on making "to-do" bags for kids.

Lydia at Cluttered Genius has made an Easy DIY Upcycled Team Garland. Make a garland for your tailgate or mantel out of products you already have in your house!

Melissa at Home on Deranged is posting about Technology and Tailgating; use technology and cool gadgets to ensure you are master of tailgating time!

Shawn at Literary Litter has made a Snapcap, a crocheted hat to keep you warm and let everyone know what's on your mind.


  1. LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! The colors are PERFECT! LOL
    There are so many uses for it, too!!!!

  2. I kinda figured you would like the color choice, lol! Thank you!

  3. You're right, those ARE Stacy's colors! Haha! Love the cushion and the ribbon makes for such pretty handles. I want to make one of these for my office chair :) In Michigan colors, of course :)

  4. Love this!!! so many great uses for it :) Diane

  5. I had to hide this one so that my son wouldn't steal it. He said it looked really comfy. He already stole my store bought gel cushion.

  6. I can't believe I'm saying this but with all of the pictures I actually am convinced I could do this. Pinning it!

  7. What I wouldn't have given to have one of these at the 100s of football games I covered in my reporting days. Whether it's hot or cold, having a seat cushion makes a huge difference! Thanks for the tutorial. Pinning!

  8. If only I could sew! Little League would be much nicer. Love the project, although it'd be better in green and yellow. ;)

  9. It really is simple! Let me know if you make one :)

  10. Bob would think Red and Yellow. He actually looked kinda sad when I couldn't find the right color.