I am so excited to present my newly finished home sewing project –three various sized round poufs. The most exciting part about this project is not sewing itself, but using the recycled materials at home.
I am very proud that I am giving the new life to our three old big square floor cushions that we have had for many years in the house. Initially, I did have thoughts buying new fabric for this project, but I suppose that things just fell into the place for the whole idea. It meant to happen like this. I am glad that I saved the money (on fabric and fillings), transformed the old life into new and didn’t bring any need of occupying the extra precious space at home.
The original idea is from Design Sponge (where else could it be? I absolutely love this website). The project was to make a rainbow pouf, see instruction here. Mine had variation of making 3 different sizes with patchwork ideas, as well as adding some pom-pom trim. I love all 3 different sized poufs stacking together on the floor, and Vivian can pick whichever one to suit her needs for different reasons, e.g. sitting on floor, or sitting on the bench to raise her position for dinner at the dining table… Actually I always wanted to create some floor seating arrangement at home, like ottoman or floor cushions. That’s why when I firstly saw the project, it made such an impression on me.
Some tips for sewing this project:
1) Use mattress needle and dental floss to bind in the middle. This was the most difficult part of the project, but long mattress needle saved my life. Dental floss is as strong as fishing line (that the instruction called for). I do have fishing line at home, but just in case you are not into fishing, you might find it helpful to use floss than running to the shop to buy fishing line. I used 4 strands of floss to make sure it is strong enough.
2) I find it very hard to sew buttons. I need to fix the loose buttons later anyway. It is probably because the middle was all sinking down and it was almost impossible to use a straight needle to run my stitches around the button holes. I wondered if a repair need would work better, as it is curvy. I might fix that problem later.
3) When cutting your fabric, make sure your have template pieces all slotted in by putting templates in opposite way to use up the “between spaces”. It is easy to do that because the template is basically a triangle.