It seems that ever since I re-covered my old colorful throw pillows to create a more neutral palette (why!?), I’ve been pining for a more bohemian feel to our home. I lust for those spaces; a sheepskin rug under a tree stump coffee table, vining plants crawling down from macrame hangers, rugs and blankets and pillows of various textures and patterns. And, The Pouf.
You know the one. The one that haunts me on Pinterest….
Or maybe you recognize some of The Pouf’s family members…
As someone who (obviously) changes her mind about interior design almost as quickly as I actually update my interior design, I’m not willing to drop the hefty $200 that The Pouf retails for. It’s not like it’s an actual piece of furniture.
So, when I stumbled across a few yards of leftover fabric stowed away that just might work for this, I had my most favorite thought that I ever think: “I can make that!”
No, it’s not the same lovely leather, and no, it won’t look exactly the same. But it’s close enough for me, and better yet, it’s 100% free.
Since the boyfriend/roommate was out of town for work last week, I got out my sewing equipment, a bottle of pinot noir and some dusty high school geometry skills that have been hanging out somewhere in the back of my brain for a decade and got to work.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pinot Noir (you may also substitute with varietal of your choice or omit entirely)
- Pattern (See bottom of this post for print-out)
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric (about 1.5 yards)
- Old sheets or towels
- Trim or yarn (optional)
- Glue gun
- Sewing needle
Step 1: Pinot Noir
Mid-sized car! – shout out to any fellow Titus Andromedon fans. Pour yourself a glass of vino, friend. Repeat as needed. (pro-tip: the larger the glass, the less frequently you need to repeat)
Step 2: Cut fabric
Fortunately for you, I already made the pattern! Just print out the file at the bottom of this post on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper, pin it to your fabric, and cut! You will need 1 large circle, 1 small circle, and 16 each of the other panels. If your fabric is prone to fraying, I suggest either using a surger or the zig-zag feature on your sewing machine to edge each piece.
Step 3: Decorate center panel
I started by adding some detail to the top center panel. My sewing machine offers a few options for decorative stitching, so I utilized one of them to spruce it up a bit. You can definitely skip this step if you want.
Step 4: Sew top panels together
Next, I sewed all the top panels together. I pinned them, right sides facing one another, along the side, sewed them together, and continued until I had a full circle.
Note: if you are buying materials for this, you could select a trim and sew it into the seams for a more similar result.
Step 5: Sew side panels together
Then, I did the same thing with all the side panels, sewing the long sides together.
Step 6: Sew the top panels to the side panels
I found this to be the trickiest step, since you can only do one side of a panel at a time. Line up the edges so the point of the top panels intersect with the seams of the side panels and vice versa.
Step 7: Sew in the center panel
Pin the center panel to the narrow edges of the top panels and sew.
Step 8: Sew on the bottom circle
Sew on the bottom circle, leaving a gap of about 6 inches, so you can turn it right-side-out and stuff it.
Step 9: Stuff it partially
Since the whole point of this project for me was to do it without spending any money, I used a few different materials to stuff it. First, I used some leftover poly-fill to create a nice top layer. If I were buying materials to make this, I might have used a bit more. Then for the bottom layer, I stuffed in a few old sheets that have been sitting on the bottommost shelf of my linen closet for more than 2 years. I think the sheets give it a bit of weight and structure. This is what it looks like only partially filled:
Step 10: Trim with yarn
I had some leftover yarn in my yarn stores that I think would mimic the look of the trim on The Pouf, but I wasn’t sure what the best way to adhere it would be. I was concerned that stitching it on along the seams wouldn’t prevent this particular yarn from fraying. If you’re using a yarn that isn’t as prone to fraying, stitching the yarn on by hand would be the best plan. For this yarn, however, I decided to bust out my trusty glue gun.
Step 11: Finish stuffing and stitch close
Finish stuffing your pouf to the desired fullness and hand-stitch the remaining opening at the bottom.
Now all you need to do admire your handiwork and sip your vino while you think about the $200 you just saved.
I’m pleased with the results, especially considering my $0 budget for this project. I can’t wait to make another one, but instead using a combination of brightly colored patterned fabric from scraps and old clothes!
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Print-Out Pattern: DIY Pouf Pattern
Note: pattern does not include the 21″ diameter circle that you will need for the bottom.
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