these poufs from Kohls that I really liked. But they were $80 a pop. Ain't nobody got money for that, Kohls! So I decided to make my own instead. It was surprisingly difficult to find bean bag filler at any store, so I ordered it from *gasp* Walmart. It totaled $13.50 for a huge bag; 3.5 cubic feet was just about perfect.. (After I ordered it, I discovered that they sell this stuff for cheaper at Shopko).
I modeled my pouf after the ones at Kohls, so I was aiming for about 12" high and 23" across. My greatest fear with this pouf was that someone will "plop" down on it hard and it will explode in a snowstorm of static filled polystyrene beads. So I decided to make two layers just to give it extra durability. The first layer I made was with an old white bedsheet that I've been cutting up and using for projects for a long long time (thanks, Grandma Z!). I also used a very short zig zag stitch on my machine (I don't have a surger but that would have worked better) to give it as much strength as possible.
|Making a circle with a pin in the center and pen on the end. Fabric is wrinkly.|
I made a circle on my fabric by tying the perfect length string to a pin and a pen, and then making a circle. Do not follow my example: be a good seamstress and IRON YOUR FABRIC. My circles were 23.5", so 11 3/4" long string. I also made a long rectangle that was 12.5" high and 72.75" long. Don't follow my example because this is what happened:
|Weirdly crooked seam and patch. Oh well, at least it's not visible!|
Lather, Rinse, Repeat for the outer covering, except that I made the rectangle 12.5" x 90+". That way, it would be long enough and just cut the excess off at the end. I had been hoping to find a tablecloth or curtain or equally durable fabric for the outside, but was unsuccessful at thrifting for that. So I got another old sheet from St. Vinny's in town and used that instead. Someday when it starts to look dirty and gross I can continue the hunt for more durable fabric and make another quick cover (this time with a zipper so it can be washed).
|The end of my handle, the box with the square in the center similar to how someone would sew on velcro|
I also made a handle by using iron on stabilizer on a 10"x6" piece and sewing it securely (with a square and an X in the middle of it) over the top of the seam. I love that it has a handle even though it's very lightweight.
It turned out beautifully, the height is perfect and it has a great amount of stuffing in it. Very comfy. Doesn't it look lovely in the nursery? and the grand total was $15 even. (count on more if you need a white sheet and basic sewing supplies like thread). Much more comfortable than the $80 price tag at Kohls.