Did you know that Mimi G and Brittany J recently launched their new fabric line called Melanted Fabrics? There are some fabulous fabrics available. When searching through their online inventory, I immediately knew the fabric I wanted to purchase for this pouf. I chose a beautiful stretch velvet in navy. I love the way the fabric looks when light bounces off of it.
This was a simple project I completed in a couple hours. Here’s how I put it together. Oh by the way, if you decide to make your own pouf, have your vacuum or broom readily available to clean up the mess that bean bag filler makes! If I were to make another pouf, I would probably go with Poly-fil as there is virtually no mess to clean up.
- 2 yards of fabric
- Heavyweight interfacing if not using upholstery fabric
- Sewing Machine-serger is optional
- Rotary cutter or fabric scissors
- Sewing pins or clips
- Coordinating thread
- Needle to hand sew opening
- 1 bag of 100 ml bean bag filler or (1) 10 lb box of Poly-fil
Creating the Pouf
I wanted a square shape instead of going with the common circular pouf. I prepared my velvet fabric by cutting four rectangle pieces measuring 24.5″ x 12.5″ and two square pieces measuring 24.5″ x 24.5″. I added 0.5″ to allow for the seam allowance. Because the fabric is stretchy, I used non-fusible heavyweight interfacing for reinforcement. I only had enough interfacing for the four sides, so I cut my interfacing with the same measurements as the velvet fabric (four pieces of 24.5″ x 12.5″). Because I used non-fusible interfacing, I sewed my interfacing to the wrong side of my fabric with a zig-zag stitch. If you have a serger and would like to clean up the edges, you can do that as well.
Once I sewn the interfacing to all four sides, I began attaching the sides to the bottom (#3). Here’s the order placing right sides together:
- Sew 4 to 3
- Sew 3 to 1
- Sew 2 to 3
- Sew 3 to 5
After all of the sides were sewn, I used clips to attach the top (#6), placing it face down (wrong side up). I stitched all the way around leaving an 8″ opening. Then, I turned the pouf right side out and began adding the filler. I found using a cup to scoop the filler was easier and less messier than trying to dump them all out at once. Finally, I hand-sewn the opening closed.
Things I would do different? I would definitely use Poly-fil stuffing instead of bean bag filler, just for the sake of not having to make a big mess. Overall, I love my new pouf and experimenting with different home dec. creations. I loved that I saved money as well! Similar poufs using velvet fabric and having similar dimensions costs upwards of $100+! Have you ever made your own pouf? I’d love to hear about your experiences with it.