How to Make Meditation Cushions: A Sustainable DIY Guide

Meditation cushions, also known as zafus, are a great addition to your meditation practice. They help maintain a comfortable posture, allowing you to focus on your practice without distractions.

We make several different sizes of meditation cushions here at Love My Mat. If you don't have the budget for a meditation pillow right now, maybe you could consider making your own?

Making your own meditation cushion at home is a wonderful way to ensure it is affordable and sustainable. By using thrifted textiles for the cover and fabric scraps for the stuffing, you can create a unique, eco-friendly cushion. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to sew a round meditation cushion with a diameter of 13 inches and a height of 7 inches. (That's the same size as our Modern Zafu Cushion!)

Materials Needed for Homemade Meditation Cushion:

  1. Thrifted textiles (approximately 1 yard) for the cover.
  2. Fabric scraps for stuffing (or alternative sustainable stuffing materials like buckwheat hulls).
  3. Sewing machine or needle and thread.
  4. Measuring tape.
  5. Fabric scissors.
  6. Pins.
  7. Chalk or fabric marker.
  8. Iron (optional for pressing seams).

 Supplies for Making a Meditation Cushion at Home

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making a Meditation Pillow:

  1. Prepare the Fabric:

    • Wash and iron the thrifted textiles to ensure they are clean and wrinkle-free.
    • Measure and cut two circles with a diameter of 14 inches each (1 inch added for seam allowance).
  2. Cut the Side Panel:

    • Measure and cut a strip of fabric that is 45 inches long and 8 inches wide (1 inch added to both the length and width for seam allowances).
      Pattern for Making a Meditation Cushion
  3. Sew the Side Panel:

    • Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides facing each other.
    • Sew the short ends together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance to create a loop. This will be the side panel of your cushion.
  4. Attach the Top Circle:

    • Pin the side panel to one of the fabric circles, right sides facing each other. Start by pinning at the seam of the side panel and work your way around, pinning at equal intervals.
    • Sew the side panel to the circle using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Go slowly and adjust the fabric as needed to prevent puckering.
  5. Attach the Bottom Circle:

    • Repeat the pinning process with the second fabric circle and the other edge of the side panel.
    • Leave a 6-inch opening for stuffing the cushion. Sew the side panel to the circle with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, remembering to leave the opening.
  6. Turn the Cushion Right Side Out:

    • Turn the cushion cover right side out through the opening. Use a blunt tool to push out the seams gently for a smooth finish.
  7. Stuff the Cushion:

    • Start filling the cushion with your fabric scraps. Ensure you stuff it evenly and firmly for a comfortable and supportive cushion.
    • You can also use buckwheat hulls, kapok, or other sustainable stuffing materials if preferred.
      Stuffing for Meditation Cushions
  8. Close the Opening:

    • Once the cushion is stuffed to your desired firmness, hand-sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch for an invisible finish.
    • I sewed a zipper in my cushion, but this does involved more work. If you have a zipper foot and the knowledge, you may want to add one.
  9. Finish the Cushion:

    • Inspect the cushion for any loose threads or uneven stuffing and adjust as necessary.
    • Optionally, you can add a handle or decorative elements using leftover fabric scraps. 

DIY Easy to Follow Meditation Cushion Pattern

Don't have a sewing machine or the time to sew your own meditation pillow cover? We offer "Just the Covers" for sale. Simply add the cover you want to your cart, then leave us a note about which fabric you like best. Here's the link for the Modern Zafu Covers. Once you receive your cover, you can stuff it with fabric scraps or old pillow stuffing you have at home for a super sustainable sit pillow!

Tips for a Making Sustainable Meditation Cushion:

  • Choose Natural Fibres: Opt for natural fibres like cotton, linen, or hemp for the cover, as they are more sustainable and biodegradable.
  • Use Non-Toxic Dyes: If you decide to dye the thrifted textiles, use non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes.
  • Repurpose Materials: Consider repurposing old clothes, curtains, or bed linens for the fabric cover, just like we do!

By following these steps, you'll create a meditation cushion that not only supports your practice but also reflects your commitment to sustainability. Enjoy your meditation time on a cushion made with love and care for the planet!

July 09, 2024 — Shelley Gordon

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