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How to make a pouf with upcycled materials

diy pouf

Don’t you think that extra seating is always welcome? Poufs and floor cushions are my favorites! They don’t take room and you can also use them as a footrest.

To make this pouf, I upcycled placemats and used old clothes for the filling, which is a cheap option and a good way to reuse used garments. If you don’t have old placemats to upcycle you can make it with fabric, upholstery fabric will work the best.

sewing pouf

Cut of placemats in the middle lengthwise. Or if you choose to use fabric, cut 8 rectangles of 6′ x 17′. Serger or zigzag the edges to avoid the fabric to fray.

sew a pouf

making a pouf

Sew all the long sides together, and make a cylinder. The placemats I used didn’t fray. But you may have to serge the edges before sewing. It will depend on the kind of fabric you are working with.

top and bottom of the pouf


sew ottoman

Cut two circles of 15′ diameter in another fabric. Pin them with the fabric cylinder (wrong side out). Don’t forget to leave a gap without sewing in the bottom circle to put the filling.

filling pouf cushion

Start filling the pouf. First, use some filling foam to have a soft finish on the seating area. Then keep filling with old clothes and scrap fabric. I will recommend to cut them in straps for uniform filling. Tamp out the fabrics for the ottoman to have enough rigidity. When you are done filling, sew the opening with a few hand stitches.

making tassels

Make 8 tassels in a matching color yarn. Here is the tutorial Who to make tassels? 
Attach them with a stitch and a knot on the side of the pouf.

diy upcycled pouf

And done! Enjoy your new pouf! My kids love it, and of course, fight to seat on it. Not because of the nice design and pattern but because the one who has it can sit closer to the TV!

Most of the cushion on the couch and homemade, here are the links to the tutorials: The cat pillow and the star cushion.

make an ottoman

Looking for more sewing ideas?

You will find all the tutorials featured in this video on my Best off-page.

homemade floor pouf

diy upcycled pouf

Have fun sewing!


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      Thank you! I totally agree, poufs are versatile pieces useful all around the house!

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    This is so perfect <3 Love it!

  2. Oh, I just knitted a pouf (well, the cushion, actually), but if I have enough space in my next home I'll be definitely making another one following your idea! It looks really great, love it 🙂

    Love, Elena

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      Thanks! I agree with you, tassels are always nice!

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    Love the idea and recycling things into the filling as well.

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    I am so going to do this for my puppy. I like the idea of using scraps because I have done things and it would match the colors of my bedroom. I need to get on this and go with it. Thank you for posting.

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    ooo I love this!

    May I ask where you got the chair in the background? I found a pair in my town, but couldn't locate the owners to inquire about them.

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      Hi, It's an Acapulco chair. Those chairs were designed in the 1950-60, inspired by a hammock. You can found it easily in Mexico. I bought mine in front of my kid's school, a guy was selling them on the sidewalk. You can have a look at this article for more info about the Acapulco chair

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    What do you stuff your pouf with?

    Love, Love it…you did a great job!!

  7. Marlene Wetch
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    I have no idea how I landed on your page but I am in love with your work!

    • amaryllis
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      Thanks for your sweet comment Marlene, you make my day <3

  8. Janene
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    It looks great. I made something similar using recycled denim and stuffed it with recycled plastic bags and clothes.

    • amaryllis
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      Thanks Janene! What a great idea to fill it with plastic bag!