Monday, August 3, 2020

Stitched: A Scrappy Floor Pouf

Holy smokes! I'm posting about a sewing project? A finished sewing project? Yes, yes I am. Oh man, I can't even remember the last time I posted anything about sewing. Maybe five years ago? Yikes! So this post is quite over due!

If you follow me on Instagram then this is actually old news, as I had whipped up this sewing project back in May. After moving into the new place I realized that I needed to downsize my stuff even more than I had originally thought. I had spent the whole month of April unpacking, trying to figure out where to put everything, and was constantly rearranging our storage locker, Tetris-style. With knitting on hold and this new burning desire to sew up my fabric stash as a way to free up boxes, I pored over my old notebooks looking up the sewing ideas that I had been wanting to do when I had the time. I was also scanning Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and finally decided on a project that I had been wanting to make forever: a floor pouf!

The original floor pouf that I had wanted was one of those knitted floor poufs made popular by Nordic knitting brand, Pickles (this one to be exact - FYI: link is to the Pickles website). I had purchased yarn to make one eons ago and obviously never got around to knitting it. I have since destashed the yarn. The, from the beginning of the pandemic, I was seeing other makers post about their sewn floor poufs. Yes! So I looked through my files to see what patterns and tutorials I had saved over the years. Ugh. Note to self: cull your bookmarks from time to time! Everything I had saved were either not what I was looking for, were no longer to my design tastes, or the link was broken. Back to searching the world wide web. Luckily for me, I didn't have to search long before I started to see that every floor pouf I liked was being made from the same pattern, the Closet Core Patterns DIY Pouf Pattern!

This floor pouf was exactly what I was looking for and turned out much better than I had hoped for! After much digging around in my fabric bins, I decided to use the leftover scraps of my favourite Japanese cotton/linen canvas Echino prints. I had mainly used these fabrics for project bags (99% of them were sold, I think I kept maybe two of them for myself? Sadness.) but it makes me so happy to use them for something that I could display on a bigger scale in my home.

Anyhoo, back to the pouf. I followed the Closet Core tutorial completely as written (yes, this pattern is a freebie on their blog!). Things of note that I did for my floor pouf:

♥ I used a medium weight interfacing on all the top wedges and side panels to give it more structure and stability.

♥ since no one but me was going to be flipping the pouf upside down and looking at the bottom, I decided to use a blue decor-weight canvas that I had in my stash instead of one of my precious Echino fabrics. At first it bugged me that it didn't "match" my fabrics but after some thought I said screw it, no one was going to see it. Now that it's been done, I'm happier with my choice as over time the regular canvas will hold up better to the wear of being rubbed on carpet than the fancy Echino prints.

♥ I knew it would bug the living daylights out of me if the top wasn't perfectly lined up with the side panels, so I used pre-made black piping at the top and bottom of the side panels to visually break up the alignment and to make the whole thing pop. Let me tell you, who knew that trying to find pre-made piping during a pandemic would be so hard? Since the fabrics stores in my city weren't open at the time, I had to search online. It took me a few days to find a few packages in Canada and then another two weeks for it to arrive.

♥ I also made a zippered inner bag to hold all the stuffing, that way I can throw the pouf into the wash if needed. Instead of making a super big square drawstring inner bag like the tutorial has you do, I made a second pouf the exact same size in fabric that I had no idea what to with but didn't want to throw out cause well, it was still good fabric (and it was sort of sentimental fabric, as I had used it to make my Kid a carrier back in the day). To make the inner bag I used the bottom piece, found the middle, and cut it out on the fold. I could've pieced all the side panels together to make one long rectangle, but decided to keep it as individual panels because the wide of the fabric I was using wasn't wide enough and I liked sewing all the pieces together. I think making the inner bag the same size as the pouf helps with the shape and ensures all parts of the pouf is being stuffed.

♥ I took great pleasure in stuffing my pouf with threadbare clothes, all the scraps that I finally decided to part with, and the two bags of fabric that I had set aside and was going to donate to a charity that sews quilts for the homeless (they never called me back and because of the pandemic, no one was accepting donations of any kind). I thought I was getting rid of so much fabric. Yeah, it barely stuffed the pouf! I went through all my bins again and weeded out more fabrics that I knew I wasn't going to sew with but didn't have the heart to throw out (cause you know, it costed me good money). The pouf is still not as stuffed as I would like it, so whenever I come across a threadbare piece of clothing I stuff it into the pouf and the plan is whenever I do some sewing, all scraps immediately go into the pouf! Isn't that brilliant? And less garbage for the landfill! Bonus!

♥ I wasn't paying attention when I was sewing the wedges for the top and so the points in the very middle of the whole thing did not line up nicely. It drove me bonkers. Times like these make me happy that I'm a packrat. I had a crapton of cover your own button kits that I had no idea what to do with, so I covered one in black Kona cotton to match the piping and stuck it on top. I think it worked in helping me not see my sewing oopsie. And I think it adds more oomph to the pouf in general.

Hiding the misaligned points. Sanity = saved!

This was such a fun sew! Seriously, if I had the space in my place I would totally make more. I want to make more! That's how fun this pattern is. Although, if I were to make another pouf I would add tabs at each end of the zipper that's at the bottom of the pouf, for more stability when opening and closing the pouf to add more "stuffing". Otherwise, I think this pattern is perfection! I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who was looking to sew something stashbusting or needed this type of house accessory.

This project gave me so much gratification that it really jump started my motivation to do more sewing. For the first time in a long time, I'm excited to sit in front of my sewing machine!

Let the sewing commence!

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