19 March 2014

National Craft Month Project: Square Pouf

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

While it is still very cold where I live and large parts of my state remain covered in snow, spring fever is slowly setting in. I have put away all the winter decorations and my six year old and I are starting to bring out the spring and Easter paraphernalia.

Naturally I feel compelled to craft new things, especially since March is National Craft Month. This year’s spring trends, as I learned from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, have nautical, geometric, floral, and radiant orchid (Pantone Color of the Year) elements. And to make spring crafting easy during National Craft Month, Jo-Ann offers a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website.

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

After some much needed spring cleaning and organizing in my daughter’s room, it was decided she lacked seating. She told me she wanted a pouf. Since we have something of a woodlands theme going in her room, and because it’s her favorite color, we looked for mostly green in the home décor fabric aisles at Jo-Ann. We found some lovely floral and geometric patterned fabric and paired that with a beautiful solid green.

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

A pouf, or a large floor pillow, is really easy to put together. For a 14” square pouf, which is bigger than you think, this is what you’ll need:

  • One and a half yards of fabric in three different prints, half a yard of each. I used home décor fabric because it’s sturdier.
  • Matching thread
  • Matching zipper (optional)
  • Stuffing material
  • Sewing tools (machine, pins, scissors, seam ripper, ruler)

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

To make a 14” square pouf, measure and cut six 15” squares, including a 1/2” seam allowance, if you plan to sew the pouf closed by hand. If you want to include a zipper panel, add an extra inch to one square and make it 15” by 16” (technically no longer a square). Cut your zipper panel in half (15” by 8”) and pin the two halves lengthwise together, right sides facing each other.

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

Sew the zipper in your panel, following this fabulous tutorial on Design Sponge. I use it every time and could not do a better job showing you how to do it. Upon finishing your zipper panel, you will have six 15” squares.

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

I chose to alternate my fabric prints and have the solid green panels as the top and bottom of my pouf. After I created the zipper panel, I pinned and sewed two print panels together, right sides facing. Repeat with the other panels and then sew them all together.

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

Once all the side panels were sewn into a big square tube, I sewed in the top, followed by the bottom.

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

The corners are a bit tricky but if you go nice and slow, you should end up with a beautiful and consistent 1/2” seam.

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

When you sew the bottom, remember to open the zipper slightly or, if you don’t use a zipper and plan to close the pouf by hand, leave a large enough opening for turning the fabric and stuffing the pouf.

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

Trim your threads, iron your seams and turn your pouf inside out. Stuff it with whatever you have available, I used an old king size duvet. It’s amazing how much stuffing a 14” pouf takes. Like I said, it’s bigger than you think.

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

Dutch Girl Originals: Square Pouf

That’s all there is to it. I am very happy with my spring pouf and I am sure Lola will love it as well. The girl is so easy to please.

If you too would like to craft your way into spring, be sure to take a look at the Jo-Ann inspiration website. And don’t forget the coupon!

5 off 25 coupon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores as part of the National Craft Month campaign. I received a gift card to purchase materials and write this post. The opinions are my own.

20 January 2014

Bag It Up

Dutch Girl Originals Upcycled Wool Blanket Messenger Bags

I have a pile of vintage and not so vintage blankets in my house.

Dutch Girl Originals Upcycled Wool Blanket Messenger Bags

Some are in boxes in my craft room, others in my bedroom closet.

Dutch Girl Originals Upcycled Wool Blanket Messenger Bags

There are baby blankets, army blankets, striped blankets, and reversible blankets.

Dutch Girl Originals Upcycled Wool Blanket Messenger Bags

Blankets in pink, blue, green, brown, yellow, and white.

Dutch Girl Originals Upcycled Wool Blanket Messenger Bags

I also have lots of lovely cotton fabric, in assorted colors and prints.

Dutch Girl Originals Upcycled Wool Blanket Messenger Bags

Fabric to line bags with, and bag pockets.

Dutch Girl Originals Upcycled Wool Blanket Messenger Bags

The pile of blankets has shrunk somewhat.

Dutch Girl Originals Upcycled Wool Blanket Messenger Bags

In its place is a growing pile of messenger bags.

Dutch Girl Originals Upcycled Wool Blanket Messenger Bags

You can find them in my Etsy shop.

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