I love making things for the house and even better making something that is both stunning and purposeful. I love finding new and inexpensive ways of redecorating and adding to a room we already love.
What we find is that we often need a little more seating for when we have people over, but something that is small and easy to put in the corner if we need the space.
We decided to make a fabric pouffe so that it is comfortable to sit on, easy to store and also looks lovely with our decoration.
I immediately hopped onto Pinterest and started looking at what style I wanted to make and how I wanted mine to look.
In the end, I thought a fairly basic fabric pouffe was the best as the fabric I used was bright and patterned so it didn’t require fancy stitch work or any extra embellishments.
Thank you to Yorkshire Fabric Shop for supplying this amazing fabric, to find more stylish prints head to their website.
Here is how to make a fabric pouffe;
Tools & Equipment
I always like to go through the equipment you will need for a project as there might be some items you don’t have or some items you wouldn’t have thought of using which can really help you during the process. For me, it is always sewing clips, I find them so easy to use and stop me from having to find a pin the carpet!
- Fabric Scissors
- Pins &/or sewing clips
- Tape Measure
- Thread – preferably in a matching colour
- Sewing Machine
- Chalk pen or fabric marking tool
- Teddy Bear Stuffing or bean bag stuffing
- Upholstery fabric roughly 2 meters
Before we get started we want to make sure you are making this to a size you are happy with, you can adjust the size and the step by step instructions will be exactly the same. So make sure you write down the size you are happy with the length, width and height.
Start by cutting your 4 side pieces first, these will all measure the same so you can cut one and use it as a template or you can create a template using paper sheets stuck together.
Make sure this is the measurement of how tall you want your pouffe to be and how long. See diagram below for a clearly picture.
These will make up the 4 sides of your pouffe.
I decided to make mine square so I could use the same measurements on all 4 pieces, you can change this to a more rectangular shape if you prefer just remember that the two shorter pieces are the ends while the two longer are the sides.
Cut 4 27 by 17 inches, to create nice even pieces I use a chalk pencil and quilters ruler to make sure that the pieces are straight and accurate. This includes a 1/2 and inch to use for seam allowance.
Place these to one side once they are cut out.
Measure and cut out the 2 pieces to make the top and bottom. These will require the measurents of width and length.
If it helps to work out your measurements again, lay your 4 pieces in a square so that the corners are touching at the tip. Then use the measurements from there to create your top and bottom panels.
Use your ruler and chalk pen to make sure your panels are at right angles and even all the way along.
I am using the measurements 27 by 27 inches.
Cut out place to one side.
This step we will create the handles to go on the sides of the pouffe, I choose to just have two handles to moving it easier in the future.
To create the handles measure 4 inces by 10 inches rectangle on your chosen fabric, cut two of this size.
Using an iron fold along the shortest sides 1/2 inch in on both sides, making sure your fold in the right side to the wrong side. This is to create a neat edge of your handle and make it more secure and strong to hold the weight of the pouffe.
Once you have done the short edges, turn to the longest edge and do the same. Do this for both pieces.
Once they have been pressed in place, take them to your sewing machine and top stitch along the 4 edges to hold the folds in place.
Once they have been sewn together, take them to your side panels and place one on each one in the center, pin in place and sew at each end with a large cross to hold in place.
Tip: To make sure you can use the handle once it is on your pouffe, give it a little slack so it is easy to use and grab hold of. I did this by placing my hand underneath to create ease on the handle before pinning it in place.
Start by taking two of your sides and placing them right sides together and pin in place. Make sure that your straight edges line up and are flat to each other.
Sew together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and a fairly small stitch as you want it to be tough and last a long time. Once sewn together, repeat the same process for the other two pieces.
Now you should have 2 sections of side panels sewn together. Start by taking both pieces and attaching the loose end to another loose end, making sure the straight edge line up and sit well together. Pin in place and repeat for the other side.
Sew the new seams together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Now it is time to attach the top and bottom panels to the outer frame you have just made.
Take your top piece and start placing it in line with the side pieces, making sure you are placing right sides together. Make sure your outside pieces have the wrong side facing out and the top piece with the wrong side facing up.
Pin or clip in place and slowly work around the entire edge. Corners will be harder as you have lost 1/2 on each corner due to the seam but still pin it to match as much as you can as the seam can be trimmed down once it has been sewn in place.
Sew in place with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, remove the pins or clips as you go.
Repeat the same process as in step 5 but for the bottom piece. But make sure to leave a gap of 10 inches open, this is so you can turn it through the right way and stuff it once you are ready.
When you are creating your opening to turn through, make sure it is on a straight edge and not on a corner, this will make it easier to stitch up later on. Make sure to backstitch each side of the opening so you don’t rip the stitches or make the hole bigger when stuffing it.
If you are looking to add in a zip for ease of cleaning you can add that in on this step. Note you can make a slightly smaller version to use as the base for when you wash the cover.
Once you have sewn the bottom piece in place take your scissors and cut across the excess fabric on each corner. Be careful not to cut into the seam, this is to get rid of the remaining bulk fabric so your corners can sit pointy and straight.
Turn your fabric pouffe right way around and stuff with your stuffing. If you chose to change the dimensions and make a larger pouffe you will require more stuffing.
Iron your seams on the outside to make them nice and straight so when you fill your fabric pouffe the seams are sharp and clean.
Make sure you stuff it well and tight as you want it to be fairly sturdy and tough. Alternatively you can use beans that you would use in a bean bag for a different effect.
Once you are happy with the amount of stuffing you have in your pouffe and it feels just as you want it to pin the opening closed and slip stitch with doubled thread to make sure it is tight and strong.
I decided to add an extra feature and look to my fabric pouffe and that was to create a french mattress look to the seams.
To do this I pinched the seam between my fingers roughly 1/4 thick and clipped it. I carried on doing this on each seam around the top and bottom and down each side seam. You can do one section at a time to save on pins and clips.
Once you have pinned a section using a needle and thread you will be sewing small stitches through the pinched area to create a long lasting hold. Similar to a french seam but on the outside of your finished project. This will create a decorative feature around the edge.
Using your needle and thread create small stitches at small intervals around the top and bottom and down each seam. You can use a contrasting thread, matchign thread or a clear thread if you are using a patterned fabric and want them to be discreet.
Thats it! You have made your very own fabric pouffe. I hope you have found this tutorial fun and helpful, let me know in the comments what fabric you used and where in your house it is living.