Pillow Mattress Tutorial

We’re rolling into March Break in my part of Canada – so I thought it might be a good time to show some crafts to do with kids and/or for kids.

Knowing that, in this cold, my two will be spending some time in front of the TV, I thought I would tackle making a pillow mattress.

The best tutorial I found was that from Creative Lady of the House.

link to tutorial

This is her Grandson, and to prove that hers are the best, he took a snooze to test it out.

So cute!

My tutorial is based on hers.  
All I’ve changed up is that I only made the 4 pillow bed, and instead of accurate measuring, I just split the fabric to determine where the seams for each pocket would go.

You will need 2.5 yards of fabric at 60″ wide.
Alternatively, you could use 2.5 yards of 45″ fabric, but you’ll need to add an extra strip of fabric 8″ wide to one side. (which is what I did), and 4 pillows.
For the 5 pillow version and measurements, click the link above.

Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!
Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!
Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!
Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!
Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!
Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!
Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!
Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!
Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!

 Chloe is 6, but tall for her age, and the 4 pillow version is perfect for her.
I just didn’t know where we were going to store this thing when it’s not in use – so I wanted to keep it as compact as possible.

She’s home sick from school today so I let her use it to snuggle up on.

Thumbs up from our “Coconut”!

I used old pillows we had in the linen closet and some flannel fabric I had in my “stash”.

Another tutorial I found said that they used the $1 pillows from Ikea and a twin size duvet cover.  I think theirs came in around $15.

Took about an hour of time and it’s totally washable!

I’m so pleased!

Create a fold up chair/mattress with pillows!



Thank you Creative Lady of the House!

 Have a great one!

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa Hodge March 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    LOVE IT.

  2. Karen Kelly March 22, 2019 at 12:47 am - Reply

    hi, i know this post was from years agou but would you know the link to the tutorial you found that used the $1 pillows from Ikea and a twin size duvet cover? i am trying to make some for my grandchildren from duvet covers and not sure how to do it. thank you in advance if you do see this comment and reply :)

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