In this how-to, we’ll show you how to bring spirited style to your space with a home-sewn pouffe. This project is super easy to stitch, so newbie crafters won’t be left behind, plus its patchwork sides are a great way to use up leftover material from other makes or a wardrobe clear-out.
You will need
- 1m each of faux suede in 5 colours
- High-density foam
- 40 x 60cm diameter
- Sewing machine
- Sewing needle
- Matching threads
- Metallic gold piping tape
- Pressing iron
- Tailor’s chalk
- Super glue (optional)
Top tip: Before sewing, make sure you press the seams open then steam-iron them; this will give them a professional finish when you turn the pouffe onto the right side as there won’t be any bulk in the seams.
Trace around one end of the high-density foam with tailor’s chalk to get an accurate circle on the wrong side of the lightest-coloured suede fabric. You will need to add a 1cm seam allowance before cutting the fabric. Cut two circles; these will become the top and bottom of the pouffe.
Cut 13 triangles, measuring 62cm tall and 28cm wide at the base. Remember to add a seam allowance of 1cm on each side of the triangle. For variety, cut three sets of triangles in three different colours and four triangles in a single colour.
Pin and sew the triangles right sides together (RS) on opposite sides to create a patch detail that will sit around the pouffe. To do this, place one triangle against the next, reversing the position each time. Alternate the different colours to create contrast on the patchwork. Join the last two triangles through the middle and trim off any excess fabric.
Iron the seams open on the wrong side of the fabric with the iron set to a medium heat. Remember to turn on the ‘steam’ function to avoid burning the fabric.
Pin and sew the metallic gold piping on one side of the sewn patchwork. Align the edge of piping tape to edge of the seam, keeping the folded side inwards.
Pin and sew one full circle to the side with the gold piping on a 1cm seam allowance. This will become the top of the pouffe. Sew the circle along the edge to close one end of the patchwork pouffe.
Turn inside out to reveal the right side. Place the sewn patchwork and circle piece over the high-density foam and cover entirely. Ensure you pull the edges to sit around the foam evenly.
To finish and close the bottom of the pouffe, fold the ends of the second circular piece inwards and hand-sew to the bottom side edges of the patch piece. Alternatively, use super glue to join the bottom circle to the side of the pouffe, taking care to not leave any residue.
Project and feature: Priscillia Okpan. Photos: Phil Sowels. Styling: Sally Bufton