A New Pouf for Spring!

A New Pouf for Spring!

Have you noticed all the pouf’s popping up everywhere?  Every catalog, magazine and shop has their own version!  I had to have one!  And thanks to Pinterest I found this cute FREE pattern from Better Homes and Gardens.   It is a really fast sewing project and my favorite part, you stuff it full of old clothes, sheets, fabric  you’ll never use, all the things you have piled up to go to charity that never seem to make it, oh, I’m telling on myself again!
Here is the first version I made last year, from a $3 clearance linen curtain panel.
Cute, and amazingly it has stayed very clean through lots of abuse!   But, I thought it’d be fun to mix it up with a print!  The one thing I didn’t account for, was what all the seaming would do to this cute geometric fabric!?! The easiest thing would be to make a cube shaped pouf, a good solution, though kind of plain.  I remembered hearing my friends, Julie and Miranda, both quilters, talking about a quilting technique they were trying.  In this technique you cut out one piece of fabric, then place it right side up on your fabric and line the pattern up exactly, then cut out the next piece and repeat.  You end up with all identical pieces.  Maybe it would work for 8 elongated diamonds?  Definitely worth trying!
First I carefully lined up and cut the pieces, ok not really, but I lined them up pretty close and cut them out.
Then you sew them up into a big beach ball with a hole in the top.  This is very simple, because there are no curves, only straight line sewing!
Next, time to stuff! I cut open my old pouf to reuse the guts, here is what was inside…
Yes, those are sheets, 3 twin sets, (Andy upsized to a full), yards of fabric I had to have, but never used,  5 bleach spotted towels, an afghan the dog chewed up, lots of outgrown clothes, and the polyfill, that goes just on top!   If that’s not recycling I don’t know what is!
I had lots of help stuffing!
It is very important to stuff as tightly as possible, because the ‘stuffing’ will compact with use and cause the cover to get saggy!
Once it is all packed in and sewn up, an octagon piece of fabric is appliqued on top, for me this meant 4 sides, matched up 4 sides didn’t but, I’m thrilled with the result.
Here are the side seams on the finished pouf….
Bright, cheery, less than $15 bucks and under 2 hours, that’s my kind of project!  Hope you’ll try it too!
***I almost forgot to mention the thing I love best about this pouf, it is incredibly HEAVY! The kids can not throw it around and it definitely works as extra seating, even for heavy adults, provided it is packed very tightly!***
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4 Responses

  1. Karen Merris
    Karen Merris March 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm | | Reply

    Claire, your blogspot looks great! I may have to attempt a “pouf”!

  2. Mary Jane
    Mary Jane April 13, 2013 at 10:07 pm | | Reply

    I love your new spring pouf, your fabric selection is beautiful. I saw the pattern in Better Homes & Gardens when they published it, now I think I’m going to have to give it a try.

    1. Maureen
      Maureen May 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm | | Reply

      I am using mine for outdoors on our screened porch. Old clothes will not work here if it gets wet. I am using packing materials to stuff mine for outdoor use.

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