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.

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