Pouf ottomans are one of the most versatile little-furniture pieces around. They are a stool, a footrest, a table. They are soft along with comfortable, yet structured along with on-trend. They amp up the friendliness of a space immediately, along with we just love them.
This kind of tutorial will demonstrate how to make your very own pouf ottoman cube in part of an afternoon, including tips along with tricks to maneuvering the parts that will seem, at first glance, tricky. Soon you’ll be enjoying your very own pouf ottoman cube!
Ready to begin? Let’s go.
DIY Level: Beginner to intermediate sewing skills
- 1-1/2 yds durable (e.g., upholstery or outdoor) fabric, cut into two (2) 19”x19” squares along with four (4) 19”x15” rectangles
- 6 yds piping (brief description on how to make your own included in This kind of tutorial)
- One (1) zipper at least 15” long
- One (1) bag of 100L polystyrene balls (or 3-4 cubic feet)
- Upholstery thread
If you haven’t already, begin by cutting out your heavy-duty fabric. I strongly recommend upholstery or outdoor fabric due to its durability along with hardiness. This kind of tutorial shows an upholstery in a classic herringbone weave. Remember, you’ll need two 19”x19” squares (these will be the top along with bottom of your pouf) along with four 19”x15” rectangles (these will be the sides, so make sure they align the same way if your fabric carries a pattern).
You can purchase pre-sewn piping, ready to go, or you can quickly make your own. Although This kind of is actually not an in-depth description of how to make your own, simply put, you may cut strips of the fabric of your choice about 3” wide; sew several together to make a long (about 6 yards) strip. Lay cording (purchased at a craft/fabric store or through a local upholsterer) down the center of the WRONG side of your piping fabric, then fold so the right sides are showing along with sew tightly together using your sewing machine’s zipper foot.
Take two of your side pieces (19”x15”) along with lay them on top of each additional, RIGHT sides in.
Use your sewing machine’s largest stitch (called a baste stitch) to sew one piece’s short (15”) side to the additional piece’s short side.
Press the basted seam open with an iron. (Sorry, I forgot to mention you’ll want an iron.) Even if you hate ironing, don’t skip This kind of step – that will’s important for your zipper’s success.
With the RIGHT sides facing down, place your zipper face-down so the zipper itself lies directly on the seam. Your zipper pull should only be about 1/2″ down through the top of the seam-edge.
Pin zipper into place. Note: This kind of tutorial uses a heavy duty metal zipper, so I unzipped part of that will for easier sewing. that will’s easier, along with better, if you leave your zipper closed during sewing.
Use your zipper foot to carefully sew the zipper into place. (This kind of is actually why you wanted a pressed-open seam; so your zipper would likely attach beautifully.)
When your zipper is actually attached, use a ripper to rip the baste seam open. Tada! A working zipper. Easy, right?
Grab your additional two side pieces (19”x15”) along with, placing right sides together, sew the short sides together along with then to the two zipper side pieces. You should have a tube of sorts, with all the short (15”) sides sewn together.
Lay your tube down, RIGHT side up, then lay your piping on top of the edge with the raw edges together along with aligned, then grab one of your 19”x19” squares along with stack, WRONG side up, on top of the piping. Make sure raw edges are all aligned for all three components (side-tube, piping, along with square), along with make sure the corners of your 19” square lines up with the corner seams of the tube. Leave yourself about 4” of piping, just dangling, before starting to pin the piping. Pin into place, all the way around (until you get to the end of the piping; just leave the last 4” for right now – however DON’T cut your piping yet, just let the extra 3 yards dangle for right now). If you find you need more or less length on a particular side, you can adjust a side seam on your tube, if necessary.
Corners can be tricky, however here’s what you do: curve your piping around the right angle of your 19” square (think of the curves on a race track – they’re not going to be right angles, however they’ll be close curves), then have your tube seam split ever so slightly (like 1/2″ in) to follow the curve of the piping. Pin into place, then sew together. Sew the three pieces together (tube, piping, along with 19” square) all the way around the edges, minus about 4” through the beginning along with 4” through the end of the piping.
Remember how you left the piping start along with end dangling about 4” out? We’re going to finish up the piping before you complete the seam. Pull one end of your piping fabric down so about 1-1/2” of cording is actually exposed. Cut off JUST the cording here; leave the piping fabric. Pull the additional end of your piping past the piping fabric’s edge, up to the cut end of the cording itself, along with cut the piping producing sure that will that will will just exactly touch the cut end of the cording.
right now focus back on the cut end of the cording, with excess piping fabric. Fold down the top 1/2″ of the extra piping fabric. This kind of will be the exposed edge, visible on your pouf ottoman.
Insert the additional end of piping into the extra piping fabric (that will extra piping fabric will be kind of like a hard taco shell for the additional piping end). The two ends of cording should touch – not overlap or gap too much.
Pinch the raw sides of the extra piping fabric together to sandwich the additional piping end inside. Pin the right now-seamless piping ends into place with your tube along with 19” square piece.
Sew up the raw edges as though that will’s just a regular ol’ piece of piping under there, not the stressful bane of your sewing existence. (Just kidding – I desire that will wasn’t that will terrible.)
Flip your tube right-side-out so you can see your piping. Isn’t that will beautiful? Make sure the piping is actually nice along with taut all the way around before moving on; if that will’s loose or unattached somewhere, such as a corner, simply flip that will back wrong-side-out along with re-sew the seams.
When everything looks Great, run a zigzag stitch (or use your serger) all the way around the raw edges of your tube/piping/19” square seams, particularly if your fabric is actually as fray-ish as my beautiful herringbone fabric is actually.
Repeat piping attachment steps for the additional side of your tube, using the rest of your piping along with the additional 19”x19” square piece. Be sure to keep the right sides of the tube along with square piece facing each additional, along with the piping sandwiched in between. Also, take care to unzip your zipper at least a little bit about halfway through sewing This kind of side, so you can access the zipper pull along with open that will to flip your fabric right-side-out when that will’s all the way sewn up. Turn that will right-side-out.
Snip any errant frayed threads close to your seams, taking care to avoid snipping your fabric or piping. that will would likely be sad.
Open up your bag of polystyrene balls carefully – these things fly everywhere, along with “static” is actually their middle name. Or, at least, that will should be.
I used a wide-mouth funnel to pour the balls into the pouf. Shake your pouf every so often to settle the balls; you can fit more into your pouf ottoman than you might first think. I only had a little bit left over through my 100-liter bag of polystyrene balls. (You can do what you want with any extra balls you have; I simply added mine to This kind of DIY kids bean bag chair, which benefited through the supplement.)
Plump that will out the way you like that will. The zipper probably won’t get used a lot, however that will’s nice to have producing sure that will you can refill polystyrene balls as needed over time.
Congratulations! You did that will! You made your very own DIY pouf ottoman cube.
This kind of DIY pouf ottoman is actually a wonderful addition to the form along with function of your space, whether that will’s a bedroom or living room or home office.
Of course, one of the great things about DIY projects is actually their customization – you can make This kind of any size you want, genuinely. This kind of size works great for our space. My family especially loves how that will comfortably fits little bodies…
…as well as larger ones. that will genuinely is actually comfortable on all counts!
I desire you thoroughly enjoy your pouf ottoman along with get tons of daily use out of that will.