Pouffe – the pattern and how to make one.
Remember my Pouffe?
Pouffe pattern now for sale! And the instructions are right here on the blog with photos to show you how as well as the written how-to.
How to Make a Pouffe
The spelling of pouffe is pouffe not pouf – if you look up the definition of pouf you will find that it means the large pile of hair on top of a woman’s head. Remember the 80’s?? Yeah, a pouf is big hair. And pouffe is:
a cushioned footstool or low seat with no back. And ye, I know that lots of places, including Target, sell items like this and spell it pouf. But I’m being stubborn and sticking to the proper spelling. You can certainly find one to buy, but why not make your own and create it to fit your style and decor?
The instructions and the finished pouffes were featured in Jennifer Carroll’s magazine in October 2013. I am now offering the pattern for sale and the instructions will be included with your pattern, and also in this blog post along with photos.
Here’s what you will need:
1 ¾ yard 60”wide fabric or 2 ½ yards 45”wide fabric
Ribbon, lace, or other embellishment (optional) my favorite shop for ribbon is The Tin Tiara
Bean bag fill – approximately 2 cubic feet ( I used bags of 3.5 cubic ft and it took more than half the bag for one pouf) You can purchase this online here – (affiliate link) bean bag fill
- Print your pattern, cut it out and tape it together as needed. (the pattern outline is very light when you view it. But it prints just fine – at least it did last time I tried it!)
- Cut out 8 of the large oval shaped piece and 2 of the circle shaped piece.
- If you wish to embellish the pieces of your pouffe do this now. You can also finish the edges with a serger if you want. Raw edges exposed would work with some fabrics too.
Sew the 8 large pieces together, along the long curved edges. If you have finished the edges of the pieces (as shown in the above photo) you can put the wrong sides together so the stitched edge is on the outside. If you prefer your edges be to the inside, stitch with right sides together. NOTE! The fabric in the photo above is a linen/burlap and you can order it here. (affiliate link)
- When all 8 pieces have been sewed together, sew the first and last piece together to complete the circle. Leave an opening at the bottom end of this seam for filling the pouf. I leave the last seam open a bit because sewing it up completely doesn’t allow enough space to get the funnel into the pouffe for filling it with the bean bag fill.
- Hand stitch the top opening of the pouf together to keep the filling in as you fill the pouf. I have also used my serger to make a seam here to close off this end.
- Turn the pouf upside down and use a large mouth funnel to fill the pouf with bean bag fill. You an buy a (affiliate link) wide mouth funnel here.
Having (affiliate link) static guard on hand is a good idea as the bean bag fill is full of static. Spray the opening of the pouf and the opening of the bag to help cut down on the static.
- Filling is a two person job. One person needs to hold the funnel and lift the pouf occasionally to keep the fill falling into all the space.
- Pour slowly, the bean bag fill is very lightweight and any puff of wind will send it flying! It is best to do this inside and away from other activity.
- Fill the pouf as full as you can; and then fill it some more. And then some more. You can push the fill down and keep adding more till it is filled as full as you like. Remember that settling will occur and if it is used to sit on it will pack down over time. My teenager is the best at getting these packed really really full! She gets an amazing amount of fill in these after I think they are full 😀
When you are finished filling your pouf, whipstitch the opening closed.
- Center your round pieces over the top and bottom of the pouffe and hand stitch in place with medium sized running stitches. You can find the center of your circle by folding it in half and then in half again. Place the point on the center of the pouf where all the seams come together, and unfold circle.
- Bring your needle up to the top side from underneath so your knot is hidden. Tie off the same way when you have stitched all the way around the circle. (I have also topstitched around the edge of these round pieces and then hot glued the piece in place. It’s a great way to quickly finish the pouffe, especially when using really heavy fabric such as grain sacks)
- Sit down in a comfy chair, prop your feet on your new pouffe and congratulate yourself on a job well done!
The possibilities you can create with these is endless – you can make them as frilly or as plain as you want. You can embellish them with any ribbon or trim you want. I gave my sister one for her birthday this year and she blogged about it here. She likes it a lot and my niece has asked for one for Christmas 🙂
So will you make these for Christmas gifts? Or would you want one gifted to you?