Sep 23, 2013

For the Kids: DIY Floor Pouf


Happy Monday again friends! Is it just me or does time seem to be moving faster than ever? I know for me I never seem to have enough. I try to make every second count. So that brings me to this weeks nap time project. With my big kid off to school and my girls down for a nap I had just enough time to construct this floor pouf. As usual I didn't really plan on it, but I am more of an off the cuff crafter. Hum? Maybe a new series? Most of my crafts, projects and DIY adventures never get proper planning their just born in my mind and thrown into motion. I get inspired and go with it. 

When I found this floor pouf tutorial...
which sounded easy I immediately ran to my fabric bins and started matching patterns together. In case your wondering what a floor pouf is it's a cushion type thingy that is large enough to sit on or use as a foot stool. Does that make sense? Since Lilli has made my coffee table her homeschool/art table I knew she needed something for her bottom. I love the look of bright colored poufs used for seating in a playroom so that drove my inspiration a little further. 
So I begins the birth of my pouf.

The tutorial called for 17'' round pieces. I'm a pretty good circle drawer but ultimately reserved to creating a freezer paper stencil using a pen and string. I just tied the 8.5'' string to my pencil and placed the other end in the middle of the paper. Keeping the string tight I used it like a compass. That allowed me to create a  perfect  pretty good 17'' circle.

 
I allowed a tiny bit of extra for uneven cutting, but tada...a circle stencil. I used a fabric pen to trace the circle onto the back of the fabric. Once I had traced it I cut them and ironed them back out.


I cut my center piece and my handle per the tutuorial and got everything I needed for sewing.

I lined up the edges of my rounds and my piping and stitched parallel to the pipping. Now I'm no pro at sewing but I do believe your suppose to have some sort of different foot on the machine for piping and zippers but I just stuck with my default foot and pushed it through. Is that bad? Anyone care to clear that up for us?
 

Once I had the piping and rounds sewn together I sewed my middle section on to the other side. Making sure the right sides were facing each other!


I sewed both rounds and the middle piece together and left a small hole to turn it out and stuff.
Once I had stuffed it  {mine actually needs a bit more stuffing, I recommend a lot to give it good support} I sewed up the hole and added on my handle.

  
And here it is all finito!!! Looks pretty good right. Considering I am a noob sewer I would consider this a pretty awesome job. I did note a few things to add or do differently next time. Sturdy fabric, more stuffing, and to use that different foot on the machine. I might even try adding a zipper to the pattern that way it can be machine washable.

 

Kid tested and mother approved! She looks so cute on her new pouf. I know her little tush will thank me later. Now she will have a place of her own to sit when she is doing school work or coloring. And she was so happy that she got one and Jack didn't. Made her feel very special and since Jackson got a lot of attention for starting school this helped even it back out a bit. She thinks it's just great and that means I am one happy mommy!

This project was pretty easy. If you know your way around a sewing machine and can follow the tutorial, which I promise you is very detailed and easy to follow, than you will have no problem creating one for you little guy or gal.

Alright sewing gurus...let me have it! What are some tips that would have made this even easier? Have any of you guys ever made a pouf before? I want to see the poufs you make so send them to me here or on instargram #thehouseonhillbrook.

~Good Luck!
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