Monday, July 07, 2014

scrap fabric floor pouf


Recently I taught a surface design class in my studio where we spent two days making all kinds of handmade fabric and that means I had tons of scraps left over from all my teaching demos! So I decided to use all those scraps to create a big colorful floor pouf for our living room. 

I started by cutting my scrap fabric into smaller(ish) squares and then I sewed all those squares together to make two large pieces of patchwork fabric- one for the top of my pouf and one for the bottom.

note: I wasn't at all concerned with perfection (cause I never am) or with things being perfectly straight or square.

This process would have gone a lot quicker without a toddler in the mix but projects are WAY more interesting with a tiny helper!

Next, using a paper pattern that I made (simply by tracing a large circle) I cut out two large circles from my patchwork fabric- one for the top and one for the bottom.

Then I sewed the two pieces together leaving an opening for stuffing.

I stuffed the pouf as full as possible with stuffing.

Then I used heavy twine to tightly wrap the pouf 4 times- this immediately transforms a pillow into a pouf! 

Note: For all those sewers out there, this is basically using the concept of making a pin cushion but REALLY LARGE. And while you could use a long tapestry needle to pierce the center of the pouf and then wrap, I found it WAY easier to use my husband's brute strength to tightly wrap the twine!

I finished it off by sewing a button into the middle of both the bottom and the top.

The result is a super fun and colorful floor pouf made entirely from hand painted fabric! I can't wait to make more!

P.S. For those curious about the techniques that I used to make the fabric- I teach an online class called Beneath the Surface that covers all my favorite surface design techniques! You can read more about it HERE

25 comments:

  1. NICE idea! I like your bracelets, too!

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  2. Fantastic !!
    What did you use for stuffing ? And... How much stuffing ? I can imagine you needed a small truckload...

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  3. Adorable like always!

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  4. Your Giant pincushion is extraordinary and beautiful and fun!!! (I also like the yellow flower cushion on your couch!!!) ;-)

    and now I'm thinking "Now why didn't I think of that?" Even with any kind of fabric scrap.... Thanks for the reminder!!! You are such an inspiration!!!

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  5. superb! loving these badly!!

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  6. wow love all those fabrics and looks super easy to make

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  7. Margaret4:29 AM

    Love it!

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  8. livethegoldenrule7:07 AM

    Well, You've done it again! Making something so cool and SO beautiful for next to nothing. You are somethin' else... ;D)

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  9. This is amazing! Do you think you could use any scraps or are specific materials you would recommend?

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  10. Alisa, I won't ever get tired of saying YOU ARE BRILLIANT! I've had such a yen to sew lately that I need to make one of these for Forrest's big-boy room. And some of your canvas bags for his toys. And work on my Larger than Life piece and sew that into a wall hanging. And, and, and!

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  11. genius!! lovethis!! xoxo

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  12. STELLAR idea...you slay me over and over Alisa! thank you ALWAYS for all the sharing you give us, such GIANT GIFTS! i ALWAYS love seeing Lucy as i know others do as well. HAPPY MONDAY OXOX

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  13. What type of sewing machine do you have? Is this heavy weight fabric like canvas?

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  14. This is amazing!!! Brilliant! Love this pouf! I want one for my home!

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  15. That is the coolest cushion eva! I think I could even handle making that too! Thanks!

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  16. What a great outcome! I adore the colours and messy-ness of the fabric. I think a pouffe was the perfect thing to make with them.

    I've recently been experimenting in pattern and surface design myself ( my teachers are books) but I haven't been brave enough to print anything onto fabric yet. I guess my main surface is paper but I've never really thought about what my own designs might look like three dimensionally! But I guess when you're designing for surface you have to think about application and how the final pattern might be used. :)

    Kind Regards,
    Marissa Mumbo

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  17. great project. Lucy is getting so big!

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  18. Carolyn11:11 PM

    Wow! You are so dang creative:).

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  19. amazing project, thank you for giving so much. xox

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  20. I have tons of scraps so am going to make one this week. Thanks for the idea.

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