Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My version of the Pouf!


I love all of the Poufs available to purchase, including the cute Striped Poufs from West Elm! SO Cute, but so expensive! So I figured I could make my own! How hard could it be? I am an expert at pillows! My plan is to let Little Man use this at his train table because its hard work playing with trains all day and he likes to rest once in a while!

I wanted to sew an 18x18 square cube cushion that was 12 inches high.

Materials needed:
About 2 yards of fabric (I used Wavery Lovely Lattic Fabric)
White cording
2 Packages of Blanket Batting
1 Package of loose batting (I only used about 3/4 of this)
Sewing machines and supplies

So I cut 5 pieces of patterned fabric and one white piece (for the bottom). I cut 4 pieces of my patterned fabric to be 13 x 19 for the sides. For the top and bottom I cut a piece of 19 x 19 in both white and my patterned fabric. (I was trying to save my pretty fabric so I used a white canvas for the bottom)

I started by pinning and sewing the 4 side pieces back to back until I had a big circle of fabric.
Then before preparing to sew on the top, I decided to add white cording for an extra detail. I first pinned my cording to my top fabric.
And then pinned the top layer to the side layer and SLOWLY started sewing the 3 pieces together. I worked with one section at a time.

I took my time at the corners and went back a couple times to try and get them as straight as possible.
I then repeated for the bottom panel. This was much easier because I did not have to deal with the cording! I left one whole side unfinished for stuffing. I do not like hand stitching so I always sew both of my corners on the side I leave open so they still look good after the hand stitching is completed.

I then turned my fabric right side out!! (My second favorite part!!! First is when I am done!!)

I LOVE the cording! I am glad I took the time for the extra detail!!! Now it's time to stuff!!


To stuff the cushion I started with two packages of Blanket Batting.

I measured 18 inches and folded it so it was 18 inches wide.
I folded the entire stack until it was a nice pile of batting!
It was REALLY hard shoving this batting into my cushion!!! But I got it! Once it was in, I did the same with the second roll.
I then used loose batting and stuffed it between the two flat sheets and around the corners. I stuffed the cushion until it had the shape I wanted. I thought this would take more batting than it did. It used only about 3/4 of a large bag.

My stuffed cushion! I then finished sewing off the remaining open portion of the cushion (like you would a pillow!)

I LOVE IT! It needs a little fluffing of the batting, but I figure Little Man can take care of that while playing trains!!










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63 comments:

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    1. I really, really love poufs! I have pinned several and am planning on making my own too for our basement reno:) I LOVE the fabric that you chose the print is perfect!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Thanks!! I have been saving this fabric for something fabulous because I love it also!! (I also used it on a lamp shade for our living room!!!) The Pouf was NOT as difficult as I thought it would be.... it just took a bit longer than I thought it would!! Good luck! Can't wait to see yours!!

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  2. Wow you did a great job. I love the fabric you chose. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  3. That pouf is great!! I love your site and I would like to award you the Liebster Blog Award. I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award and am passing it on to you. I have also mentioned you in a post on my site today.

    Sarah @ www.creatingamazing.com

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  4. Oh wow! I just found out I need a couple of these. Thanks for sharing this. Love your fabric too!

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  5. Awesome! I love poufs but they ARE so expensive! Good on ya for making one! I have yet to be that ambitious with a sewing machine!

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  6. Hi Ange! Saw your pouf at Blue Cricket Design and had to stop by for a better look and say hello. So glad I found your blog - am your newest follower. I love this tutorial. I really like the pattern you chose and great decision to use white piping!! It looks fantastic. I am pinning this! Please stop by my blog to say hello sometime. I love to make new bloggy friends, comments and followers :) Have a great day! Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

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  7. I love this!! I've been wanting to make one this style and your tutorial is perfect! Pinning this!!
    www.inside-outdesign.blogspot.com

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  8. This is a GREAT tutorial! And I love the fabric you chose. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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    1. Thanks Alison! I appreciate the comment :)

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  9. I saw your link at House of Heptworths. I love the pouf! And the fabric - I have the same print on my patio chairs!

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  10. I saw this on the link party at House of Hepworths too. I love this project and the fabric is beautiful! I'm your newest linky follower. ~ Megan

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    1. Thanks Megan!! I love this fabric too!! Thanks for the comment!

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  11. I'm not a seamstress, but I'd love to make one of these. Looks great!

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    1. I just started sewing last year fall, so you can learn it too! Good luck if you give it a try!!

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  12. What a great tutorial. I think I need to make some for my living room. I am pinning this so I can remember it later. I would love it if you would be willing to share with us at our party going on now-Monday. Thanks

    http://www.kadie-sevenalive.blogspot.com/2012/03/link-it-up-thursday-party-9.html

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I linked up and GFC followed you! I can't wait to see your poufs! Good luck!

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  13. Popping over from House of Hepworth link party. This is amazing - great tutorial! Following along via GFC and Linky.

    Kelly @ herringbone lane

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  14. This is so great! I love the print, and the white piping really makes the design pop. Thanks for the tutorial!

    citystitchin.blogspot.com

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  15. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial...have always wondered if it was a possible DIY! Yours turned out gorgeous!! Now following you via Bloglovin!!
    Maggie
    www.thehellonheelshousewife.blogspot.com

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  16. This is great. I love the cording detail thingi. Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings from Germany
    Catrin

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  17. Awesome! I may have to attempt this. Thanks for sharing.

    http://www.seesewandseedlings.blogspot.com/

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  18. I love this! I'm dying to get a sewing machine and this project didn't help! LOL

    Thanks for sharing on Showoff Saturday!

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    1. Thanks Meg! I just got my machine for Christmas and I LOVE it!!! :) I am surprised with how often I really do use it!!

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  19. I was just thinking I was going to attempt making one. Then I saw this at perfect timing! What a great tutorial.

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    1. Good luck making one! I can't wait to see how yours turns out!! Thanks for the comment!

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment. I too LOVE the fabric.... I want to use it on lots of other projects!

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  21. Great job on the pouf and I love the fabric. You matched the pattern up so nicely on where the top met the sides. Now, that is super hard, so kudos to you!

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    1. Thank you, a little secret, it was a lot of luck!!!! :) This fabric makes me VERY happy!!

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  22. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you times a million for all of your fabulous comments on this pouf!!! I so love all of the comments and love that everyone is SO excited about this pouf!!!

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  23. You did an amazing job i love the fabric if you get a chance it would be great if you could link this up at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunday-show-off-linky-party-4.html?m=1

    thankyou xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice comment! I am sorry I missed your linky party! I will watch for it next time!! Thanks!

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  24. I love this! The fabric is so pretty and I love the white cording! Please come share this at my party!

    http://herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2012/03/fabulous-friday-15.html

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  25. So cute! And the cording definitely helps to make it look more finished and expensive. :)

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  26. I love that fabric and the white cording really makes it pop. Awesome job. Thanks so much for sharing at our Link It Up Thursday party.

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  27. Love this! I want to make one some day but not sure if I am quite there yet! is that fabric cotton or something thicker?

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the question! I should have mentioned this in my original post! It's a home decor fabric, so a bit thicker! Thanks for the great question!

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  28. This is adorable! I am definitely going to try this when I do my living room makeover. Seriously so cute! I would love for you to share this at my link party!
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/03/share-it-link-party-1.html

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  29. This is fabulous! Love!

    Steph @ Silver Boxes

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    1. Thanks so much Toni! And thanks for the feature on your blog! I REALLY do appreciate it!! I love your blog!

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  31. I pinned this to make soon - I too don't like the look of hand stitching - so thanks for the handy tip!

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the pin!! I can't wait to see what yours looks like! Good luck!!

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  32. Super cute! Thanks for the tutorial! What is the name of that fabric? I know I've seen it somewhere before, but I can't recall where.

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    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment!! The fabric is called Waverly Lovely Lattice Lapis Fabric.

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  33. I love this so much! Just wanted to let you know I'm featuring this on my blog on March 14th. :)
    www.inside-outdesign.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Brooke, I can't wait to see it on your blog!!! Thanks!!

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  34. This turned out FANTASTIC!!! I think I'm totally going to rip it off for my boys' room!

    And that fabric? One of my all-time faves!

    And I would LOVE IT if you'd share this at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL going on right now!

    http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/03/feature-friday-free-for-all-10-my.html

    Hope to see you soon!

    P.S. I'm a new follower. : )

    ~Abbie

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    1. Thanks for the nice comments!! I greatly appreciate it!! I linked up!! and followed you! I can't wait to see your version!!! (I love the fabric too!! It's SO cute!!!)

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  35. Thanks for linking this up to our Pinteresting party -- you did such a great job! I'm featuring this tomorrow. :)

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    1. Yeah thanks for the nice comment and thanks for the feature! I can't wait to see it!!!

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  36. this is amazing! I love it! The cording is the perfect addition... love all of it :)

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  37. Thank you for linking up a fabulous project...

    hope you will stop by and link up another great project..

    http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.com/2012/03/you-inspire-linky-party_10.html

    Claire xoxo

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  38. Just letting you know that I'll be featuring your fun pouf on our Facebook page tonight! : )

    Thanks for linking up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

    Hope you'll be back this week!

    ~Abbie

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  39. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this!!
    What fabric is this?!
    I'm a NEW follower!! :)

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  40. This is unreal. I've just added it to my 'must DIY' list!

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  41. Oh poufs are my favorite! I've got a couple different ideas for my own and this tutorial will certainly help! Thanks bunches!!!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

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  42. Followed your tutorial. Thanks! http://www.imnotquitemartha.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-pouf.html

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  43. Hello! Thank you so much for the super easy to follow tutorial. I made a practice pouf for myself before attempting one for my niece (graduation present for her college dorm). I made hers a lot bigger (20x30) but here's my problem...It's SO expensive to fill. Batting is very expensive (for as much as I would need) at Hancock fabrics, joanns, etc. Do you have any recommendations for a batting sub? So far, I have a dog bed in there ($14 on clearance) and two 50 ounce bags of fiberfill ($8 each at walmart). It still needs more stuffing. I'll get another bag of polyfill but I want something sturdier so she won't hit the floor when relaxing on the pouf. Any suggestions?
    Thanks again!

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    1. Hi Michelle! Do you have any old blankets you could throw in it? Or check out goodwill or garage sales, maybe you could find "stuffing" there. I have also used the foam padding that you would use for a chair cushion before to add some extra filler and that worked well. It really does take a lot of filling! Good luck and I would love to see your finished pouf!!

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