How to Make a French Mattress Style Cushion


French Mattress Style Cushions with Sunbrella Icon Collection Fabrics

Who doesn’t love a comfy seat? A great way to turn any bench, window seat, chair or floor into a soft place to sit is to add a French Mattress Style Cushion. These plump, plush cushions feature a rolled edge and tall boxing reminiscent of a mattress. They make excellent floor pillows because the stuffing and tall profile of the cushion provide a lot of padding between you and the floor. These cushions are also easy to sew and have a finished look without adding piping. Let’s take a look at how to make a French Mattress Cushion.

Mattress style cushions can vary in look depending on your application. Some cushions feature large rolls at the edges, some are tufted, some are very plump and some are a bit flatter. In the video, we give patterning instructions for creating a plump, floor pillow stuffed with Polyester Fiberfill and also for making a flatter cushion with foam inside. If you choose to use foam as your filling, wrapping the foam in batting will help you create a fuller look, while still not being as puffy as the fiberfill.

These cushions sew together just like a typical box cushion with one exception–the rolled edge. After you assemble the cushion, turn in right side out and topstitch along the edges to create that piped look. We chose to make our cushions in a Sunbrella Upholstery fabric, but you can use any home décor fabric that you choose. If your cushions are for the patio, use an outdoor home décor fabric like Sunbrella, Waverly Sun N Shade, or P/Kaufmann Outdoor.

In this video you will learn how to pattern your fabric, create boxing, sew the cushion together, add the final mattress style seam and fill the cushion.


Materials List:

You can find all the materials needed to make your own mattress style cushion, including the new Sunbrella Icon Collection fabrics featured here, at

How would you use a cushion like this? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!





  1. Brunella B R said:

    Thanks for the excellent teaching video . The detailed instructions will help me, not only with this type cushion, but other styles as well.

  2. April said:

    Thankyou for providing these videos. They have given me a lot of ideas with easy and clear instructions!

  3. Thanks to your video, I recovered our patio furniture! Thank you SO very much. The silk film made it so easy to get a firm, finished look.

    • Nikki said:

      You’re so welcome! We’d love to see pictures of your finished furniture. If you’d like to share, you can email them to us at

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