There have been so many poufs on pinterest lately I decided I would make my niece one for Christmas. It was a bit trickier than I thought initially but I learned a lot and it looks really cute!
-Pouf fabric- I believe I bought 2 yards of it. Confession time: I always buy more than I need because I am always convinced I’m going to screw up
-Applique fabric, I made a flower so I bought 1/4 of a yard of the green and pink
-pre-made piping (I bought two packs)
1. I started out making my pattern. I used the old pen and string trick to make my circle which ended up being about 16 inches in diameter
2. Next I decided upon the height of the pouf. I made mine about 15 inches tall
3. Math time! Find the circumference of your circle to know how long to cut the sides. 2πR=C or Dπ=C
4. Cut out your fabric from the pattern. That equals out to be 2 circles the same size and one long piece of fabric the length of your circles circumference and the height you decided upon.
5. Next I made a pattern for my applique. My base fabric was flowers so I settled upon a flower appliqué
6. I cut out the fabric, I chose green for the center and pink for the petals.
7. I arranged the appliqué on the top circle and then pinned it. I left the circle out because it was going to over lap the petals and some stitches.
8. I used a wide zigzag stitch for my applique. I zigzagged all the petals. I found pulling pins as I sewed helped keep the petal flat.
9. I pinned the flowers center to the appliqué and used the same wide zigzag around it.
10. Next, I pinned the piping to the circles.
11. I sewed the piping to both the top and bottom circle. I used a different foot so I could get really close to the edge of the piping. A zipper foot will work fine, but I didn’t have one. I have no idea what most of my presser feet are used for, so I grabbed one that looked like it would work. And it did.
12. I then made little handle out of scrap fabric and sewed it to the middle of the side fabric.
13. Next, I pinned the side to the bottom circle. If I was going to mess it up, I wanted it to be on the bottom. (pin right sides together)
14. sew the circle, using the same piping presser foot as above. Work slowly and try to stay right next to the piping.
15. Repeat 13 & 14 for the top circle.
16. Your pouf should be in side out. Now pin and sew up the side. I pinned and sewed about 1/3 of the way up on each side leaving a hole in the middle.
17. Turn it inside out.
18. At first I just stuffed it but it was all lumpy and unattractive so I pulled out the stuffing and thought about a fix for days. I didn’t want to buy foam, the whole point of making a pouf was it was inexpensive. I didn’t want to wrap it all in batting, the batting would shift and make more problems. One day when I was in for a School Nurse, a class room was throwing out a big play mat. I asked if I could have it. I tore it open and cut two circles out of the foam.
19. I placed the foam on the top and bottom to help keep shape and reduce the bulging look.
20. I was going to fill it all up with circles of foam, but it would be too heavy for her to move around. So I resorted to lining the sides with batting and stuffing it from there.
21. After I stuffed all I could stuff, I sewed the hole by hand.
There it is! It’s still a bit lumpy but it looks so much better than before. Next time I would use thicker batting.
-Starch your fabric before you sew on the applique. It’ll help it hold better
-give your self plenty of extra room for the side fabric.
-If you think you want it to be 16 inches high, think more around 12. This pouf looks so big! Much bigger than I intended.
-A stabilizer for the applique would be good. I had some threads pull loose when stuffing the first time. I went over the areas again and haven’t had problems since the foam was in, but if it’s going to get a lot of use I recommend using a fusible one.
Thank you for reading!