Don’t you think that an extra seating is always welcome? Poufs and floor cushions are my favorite! They doesn’t take room and you can also use them as footrest. To make this one, I upcycled placemats and used old clothes for the filling! Don’t worry you can also make it with fabric (if you don’t have old placemats on hand).
Cut of placemats in the middle lengthwise. Or if you choose to use fabric, cut 8 rectangles of 6′ x 17′
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 of the fabric you choose.
Cut two circles of 15′ diameter in an other fabric. Pin them with the fabric cylinder (wrong side out). Don’t forget to leave an gap without sewing in the bottom circle to put the filling.
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 has enough rigidity. When you are done filling, sew the opening with a few hand stitches.
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 ottoman.
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 from the TV!