How To Make A Cool World Map Denim Floor Cushion

Free Pattern For A Unique Applique Denim Floor Cushion

Again I get to combine my passion for upcycling old jeans with my love of maps with this unique applique denim floor cushion. YEAH!
I was rummaging through my fabric stash when I came across this IKEA Ursula beige linen large pillow cover. I’d bought it yonks ago for what I can’t remember now. You know what is like you visit IKEA for one thing like some kitchenware and end up buying extra stuff you didn’t know you needed. Sometimes, resistance is futile in IKEA!
Lovely as it is, the floor cushion cover was a bit plain for me. That’s when I got the idea to embellish it with denim. I’ve been wanting to make a denim world map for ages and I thought an applique denim world map would look great on this cushion cover.
I added a personal touch to the map floor cushion by making tiny red felt hearts to mark places in the world that are special to me. The hearts were placed on Hong Kong and Bergen, Norway.
I love the rustic farmhouse look of the denim combined with the linen on the floor cushion. My son has his eye on it and I think it may disappear with him when he goes back to Uni after the summer holidays.
Diy world map denim floor cushion
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What you need to make a world map floor cushion

World map template

How to make an applique denim floor cushion

  1. The first thing to do is to print off the World Map template. The template will print over several pages.

  3. For this giant map pillow, I made each continent a different shade of denim. So to start with I cut out each of the contnents from the world map template. I then placed these on the cushion cover and drew around them with a pencil. Until I had transfered the whole world map to the linen cover.
    Drawing map on to cushion cover
    Drawing world map cushion cover
    You may want to take a bit of artistic licence and squash the continents slightly closer together so that they fit on the square cushion cover.

  5. Take the paper world map templates you have cut out and use them to cut out continent shapes from the scraps of denim. The floor cushion will look good if you use a different shade of denim for each continent.

  7. The denim continent shapes will start to fray quickly. To stop this happening just brush a small amount of fabric Mod Podge around the edge.

  9. Using the pencil world map outline as a guide pin the denim pieces to the floor cushion cover.
    Pinning denim pieces to world map floor cushion

  11. Next hand stitch each of the denim pieces to the cushion cover. I used a simple back stitch using a cotton in a contrasting colour for this and stitched around the edge of each piece. I hadn’t handstitched anything for a while and was surprised how quickly I stitched on the pieces. However, backstitching is a quick stitch.
    stitching denim floor cushion

  13. Finally, to finish and to add a personal touch to the world map floor cushion, I cut out some small red felt hearts and stuck them on the cushion. I used fabric glue to stick them on countries close to my heart, but you can easily stitch the hearts in place.

applique denim world map pillow close up
applique denim world map pillow
Applique world map denim floor cushion
I know I said this was a floor cushion because of it’s size but I also like it on the chair. However, it doesn’t leave much room to sit. I think the denim floor cushion would look great in a den or a teen bedroom. It would also make a great gift for anyone with wanderlust!
Denim world map floor cushion diy free pattern
Free pattern for an extra large applique world  map denim pillow
If you are looking for the best denim pillow ideas take a look at these.


applique world map denim floor cushion
applique world map denim floor cushion


30 Responses

  1. OMG! I love this! I could do something like that but frame it instead as a wall hanging for my daughter’s bedroom. (I’m dying to add as many inky stains as I can).

    • Thank you, Velvet. I think it would look fabulous as a wall hanging or even pinboard.

  2. Gasp! This is gorgeous! I love maps, big pillows and different shades of jeans put together, so as far as I’m concerned, this is the perfect project! 🙂 Lisa

    • Thanks once again, Lisa. Loving both denim and maps I just had to combine the two!

  3. LOVE this idea Claire!!! Absolutely fantastic!! I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a travel related theme for the twins’ bedroom so this would work really well 🙂 #HomeEtc

    • Thank you, Caro. You can get them to move the heart around to the places they have visited.

  4. Super hip idea. I have to use this idea to make one too.

    • Thank you. They are a fun bit of decor and spark conversation.

  5. I love this floor cushion! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your tutorial at the Sew It Cook It Craft It link party! You’re one of the features tomorrow when the new party starts!

  6. Another winner Claire! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  7. Really cool! Thank you for joining the To Grandma’s House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Link Party! Pinned this! Hope to see you again next week!

  8. I love how you’ve created a mash up of your 2 favourite things, maps and denim!
    I went to Ikea today and bought 2 things that weren’t on my list, how is it that things just fall into those bloomin’ big yellow bags?!

    • Thank you, Julie. I know Ikea is lethal I always come out with stuff I didn’t know I needed.

  9. ANOTHER win! Goodness… this is adorable. And your pup is the perfect little prop to finish things off right.

    I’m featuring this lovely pillow in this weekend’s upcoming DIY Salvaged Junk Projects. Thanks for linking up!

    • Thank you! He’s not such a pup these days, we think he’s about 15years old now but never quite sure as Toby was a rescue dog.

  10. This is such an adorable idea! I love it. Pinned.

  11. Ann

    Love your denim restyles and this one is definitely on my list to make for the world travelers in the fam for Christmas. Thumbs up!

  12. These are great! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  13. This would be great for a kid’s room, Claire. Another clever use of pre-loved denim.

  14. I LOVE this!! I love maps, and the denim is gorgeous.

  15. Cool! Thanks!

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