Jun 12, 2012

Pouf DIY

Is anyone else obsessed with poufs?

I've been seeing them all over home blogs, as well as in fancy-schmancy designers' homes. I've wanted one for a while, but as I've mentioned before - I have an aversion to spending money on anything I don't need. Actually, I always turn to Eric if I'm trying to justify a purchase. He can convince me to buy a cute dress every once in a while, and he reminds me that sometimes it's OK to spend money (check out the story of the blender). Anyway, I asked Eric if we should get a pouf because I really wanted one. He said, "um, no. What would we even do with it?"

Honestly, he's right. It's kind of silly. But I just think they are sooooo pretty. I really want this one:

But, um, it's $450. So. Anyway.

I decided to make one! Want to see it?


Ok, so it's definitely not as awesome as the leather one above, but I am so pleased with it! And it was really easy to sew. Even for a novice like me. I used this tutorial:

BHG Pouf Tutorial

There is obviously no need for me to re-write the tutorial, so if you're interested check out the simple step-by-step instructions. I do have a couple of comments if you decide to give it a try:
  • The thing that actually takes the longest is cutting out the patterns. Don't give up! It gets easier!
  • I used a very sturdy home decor fabric so I left out the lining. I think it was probably a lot easier to just deal with one layer of fabric instead of two.
  • I didn't do the decorative stitching or add the top octagon shaped end-piece. I like the way those look, but with the fabric I chose, I wanted it as simple as possible.
  • As the tutorial says, you can use anything to stuff the pouf. I used old foam, ripped up pillows and a lot of old t-shirts.

If you're wondering what I use it for, well, it comes in handy all the time. I use it to sit on, I sleep on it, I eat on it, I read on it, I pray on it, I put stuff on it. Juuuuust kidding. I've literally put my feet on it once. But hey, I like the way it looks.

Pouf.

22 comments:

  1. This makes me want a pouf now! Great blog!

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  2. I love it! You've got skillz, gurrrl.

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  3. oooh. Nice work. I once made a pouf from a party dress. (This was before BHG came out withe a pattern.) I like your fabric choice.

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    1. Ooooh a party dress - I bet that would be so cute!

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  4. Thanks for a great post. I too admire poufs but cannot justify one. I too printed the BHG pattern and have been looking for fabric. In the meantime I have stashed clothes (that might have otherwise gone to GW)to use for stuffing. I really like the fabric you used. - mm

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  5. Love your Pouf!! I purchased the leather one you show but in white from Joss & Main. I love the fabric you used on yours. I could have poufs in every room...such a fun and functional accent piece! Visiting from Coastal Charm link party...love your blog!

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  6. You made that???!!! I am super impressed. I think it's gorgeous...and I'm just going to say it...I like yours better than the $450 one.

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    1. I'm blushing :) Thanks for the sweet compliment, Ashley!

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  7. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!! You made this?!? Okay, you are my new blog hero! I love the pattern! It turned out fab! I wish I knew how to sew. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Loving yours!
    xo,
    Shanna

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  8. I like yours waaaaaaay better! Good work!

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  9. Amy Butler has a pattern for a pouf in one of her books that I feel in love with a few years ago but never took the plunge! You have given me the courage to just that take the plunge!! No I need to see how much fabric I need.... I wonder what it would look like using an old quilt. Have a great weekend! Now I'm off to see what I can scrounge up to make a pouf... Once again thanks for the inspiration!!

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    1. I love the idea of a quilt! Making a pouf would be a great way to use some old fabric you might have for sentimental reasons but that you don't really use. Oh man, I love re-purposing!

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  10. This turned out awesome! And I love the fabric you used :)

    Charlie @ Match Made On Hudson

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  11. Oh, I like it too! You did a great job! I've been wanting one too... actually found one on Craigslist for $10 once but the person advertising it never answered me :(

    I'm putting this on my "to do" list for sure!

    Tania

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  12. I think it is more awesome than the leather one! I love the pattern and the colors! And, yes, I am obsessed with them too :)

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  13. I love poufs and yours is no exception! It's adorable!! One of these days I'm gonna follow that tutorial and make one. Yep, just like you, I have no idea what I'll do with one, but does that really even matter?

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    1. Hahaha, no way! I think I just like looking at mine :)

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  14. This is amazing and way better than the leather one! Great work and excited to be your newest follower!
    -Molly
    thepoorsophisticate.blogspot.com

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  15. Well done! And at a fraction of the cost, you now have something you've always wanted, and gave your creative flair a work out.

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  16. Love the fabric you used! Have had this tutorial pinned forever but haven't gotten around to it. We're traveling to Morocco in March--hoping to stuff my suitcase with a small army of poufs. Have one and love it, but yeah, I've put my feet on it like once too.

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  17. Your pouf is gorgeous, love that pattern! I've got this linked to my DIY poufs post too today!

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