A while back, I'd say a year or so, I came across a DIY for a floor pouf on Better Homes & Gardens. I took some time searching for the right fabric and wanted something bright and timeless. With the way things change around here, I wanted to be sure the fabric could withstand a few years of design trends. After months of searching in the clearance bins I found this trellis fabric at a local fabric store. And $12 for only 2 yards of this fabulous fabric, I was in business.
I used this pattern from Better Homes & Gardens to make the pouf. And made a few minor adjustments to it. That's the beauty of a DIY, you can make it to your liking. So first off, materials...
What you need:
2) Scissors, tape, pins, sewing machine, 1-spool of coordinating upholstery thread
3) Four standard bed pillows (I buy the cheapy ones from Target or Walmart) or Fiberfill if you must and two old bath towels
4) Two yards of fabric of your choice (either an outdoor fabric or an upholstery fabric works best)
This project took me about an hour to complete, from start to finish. If you can sew a straight line...you're good as gold.
Step 1: Print and cut out This Pattern from BHG.
Step 2: Sew the pieces together, leaving a ten inch opening so you can stuff your pouf with filling.
Step 3: Now, using the old towels you have on hand, lay them inside on the bottom of your pouf. This will give your pouf some stability.
Step 4: Now you'll take your pillows (or fiberfill) and cut them open. I bought my little one's new pillows for Christmas and decided to keep their old ones for this project. And if you're like me, you buy the pillows on sale for $2-4, for your little ones. Or maybe I'm just that cheap. So I was able to save myself a ton of money by just using the fill inside of them to stuff my pouf.
Step 5: Finish the pouf by hand sewing it shut and that's it...you're done!
P.S. Just a bit of an FYI, since this purty little thang is so bright and light I had to protect her from the little hands and feet that will be using her as a jump pad. I use Scotch Guard spray on all of my pillows and chairs so I can wipe her clean if and when she gets a little dirty. Seriously, Scotch Guard is a God-send! Mother's: Use it generously.
She's the perfect little addition to the living room, but I see her moving throughout the house as time goes on. The kids have definitely taken a liking to her.
Have a good one guys!
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