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In the middle of my living room sits a secret. A place where I stash lots of scrap fabric and clothes with holes. See, instead of throwing all this fabric into landfill, I made a Closet Core Pouf. Here is my review of this pouf pattern free from Closet Core Patterns. Looking for a free sewing pattern to sew soft furnishings? Here is why I think using this free pouf pattern is a game changer!
Sewing Soft Furnishings – Making The Closet Core Pouf
A few years ago, my other half bought our daughter a bean bag. She loved to lounge on it watching TV. But when I came to wash it I discovered that it hadn’t got an inner bag, so was unwashable! As it got smellier, I decided that we needed a replacement. But what to choose?
When I started sewing my Aunt gifted me a large piece of upholstery fabric that she had found at a very discount price. And it just sat there in my fabric stash not being used.
Finally, when I had actually decided to donate it. I realised that I had fabric in my stash that I would never use, and some remnants that were nice enough to sell on eBay. But when I looked at this fabric again, the possibilities for using this fabric suddenly hit me. It complemented my living room perfectly. So would make a brilliant bean bag cover.
Serendipitously, a couple of days later, a post on Facebook caught my eye. A lady in one of the sewing groups had made herself a very 70s inspired foot pouf (or pouffe) using a pattern she had found online. There was no time to lose, for if I didn’t start making this straight away, the fabric would sit in my stash for another 2 years!
So I found out the pattern at Closet Core Patterns, and printed it straight away. Find it here.
The Closet Core Pouffe Pattern
It is a free sewing pattern which you can access by signing up to the Closet Core newsletter. And whilst it was the perfect pattern for me to use this upholstery fabric, it is also the perfect way to use up some of the pieces, scraps and little remnants of old projects.
The top of the pattern, which consists of 12 triangular segments all sewn together to make a circle, is probably my favourite feature. It gives it such a vintage feel. I added a covered button (which also covered my slightly dodgy centre point).
Also, I got to make my own piping for the first time, with some cord that I had in my stash, and some bias binding. It was surprisingly simple to make using a zipper foot to sew as close to the cord sandwiched between the layers of binding folded in half.
The Closet Pouf pattern sewing went together really well. And the best part of it is that my DIY Ottoman pouffe is stuffed with all sorts of remnants. You could use standard pouf filling material or pouffe stuffing, but I prefer to use all my old clothes and scraps. I even put the inner stuffing from some old pillows in there. As I love using my fabric scraps, every last piece, this is an excellent idea!
And before long I had made myself a lovely new piece of furniture. E loves it, sat on it the moment she saw it, and loves nothing more than throwing herself on it.
I do have some of the upholstery fabric left over. Maybe I will make myself a cushion after all. But I have discovered that sewing soft furnishings is definitely a satisfying project to undertake.
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