How to make a pouf with upcycled materials

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!

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



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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!!

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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!