The poufs a.k.a floor pillows are the most versatile accessory ever. You can use them as extra seating, as a footstool, a side table, an accent piece and even a storage. They are small and don’t take up a lot of room and may add a lot of fun, and personality to a space. In addition, like in my case, they can add a splash of color and cheer up a space.
Most of you may probably know that Pantone, a global leader in color calibration technology and the global authority, has announced PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating and enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014.
In order to incorporate the mentioned color of the year in my home decor I decided to make a moroccan pouf which I can use as an additional seating and as a side table.
I had purchased this purple stretchy fabric last year with an intention to surprise my niece by making her a prom dress, but a few days after this purchase she surprised me even more when she phoned saying that she is ordering her prom dress online in a color pretty close to the color of the fabric I purchased for her. To this day, I have never revealed the surprise to my niece and she is about to find out after she reads this post.
Luckily the color of the mentioned fabric pretty much looks alike the color of the Pantone’s Radiant Orchid, so I decided to make the pouf using this fabric. I also had a lot of stuffing salvaged from the back pillows of my old sofa and a zipper (odd color I know but it was free), so this was another project for which I did not have to spend a dime.
The stretchy fabric made the pouf receive a wavy shape which makes it even more beautiful and fun, so if you fancy this shape get a stretch fabric and do not use the lining.
To make the pouf you will need 2 yards of fabric, plenty of stuffing (you can also use clothing, bed sheets, comforters, paper etc) and of course you will need a sewing machine, measuring tape, scissors,upholstery thread, 36 inch long paper to make a pattern, zipper and a button to finish off the pouf.
To make your pattern, cut a rectangle of paper about 36 inches long and about a foot wide. Fold the paper in half along the short edge and in half again the long edge, then trim to the dimensions indicated here.
As per the instruction from the pattern site above, I unfolded the paper pattern and pined it to the fabric.
I first cut out one section and used this section as a template placing it in a position that allowed me to efficiently use up the fabric.
I pinned two sections together , wrong side out, and sewed them together (pic. 2) along one edge using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I continued sewing the remaining sections together along one edge in sets of two.
At this point I ironed open the seam allowances of all four sets (pic.3) , and added a top zig zag stitch to each set (pic. 4).
I continued sewing each set of two along one edge into sets of four (pic. 5), and proceeded with the ironing the seam allowances and added zig zag top stitching.
Finally I sewed two sets of four together along both edges (pic. 6) leaving an opening at one side for a zipper.
I sewed on the zipper (pic. 8) and pulled the fabric through the zipper opening to turn it right side out, and added the last top zig zag stitch (pic. 7) starting at the tip of the zipper and continuing all the way around. I finnished it off by adding a large leather button at the top (pic 9).
I stuffed the pouf with the repurposed stuffing taken from two oversized sofa pillows. Two huge back pillows are stuffed in this not so big pouf, and i think that it could take even more.
Some of you may be intimidated with the work involved in this project and about the level of sewing skills. Even though I have advanced sewing skills, I am sure that this project can be easily tackled by anyone who has beginner level sewing skills, provided that they can easily sew a strait stitch.
I spent less than 2 hours to complete this project, and I am so glad that I decided to infuse the color of the year into my home decor through this pouf.
The pouf has added a splash of fun color in my living room, and I am loving it.
If anyone decides to tackle this project I would be so happy if you send me the pictures to see how your pouf turned out.