Ok, deep question time: Are you a “floor sitter”? In other words, if you go to a party at someone’s house, do you always end up sitting on the floor even when there are available seats? I know I do. The past two winters, my husband and I have spent most of our free time laying, sitting, or kneeling on the floor as close to the fire as we can, trying to soak up all it’s warm goodness. We even bought a pouf last year with the sole purpose of sitting next to the fireplace. This plan worked great for a while, but after a few months the filling in the pouf started to sink and now it’s looks like a sad little round rug on the floor. I would fill it back up with new stuffing, but there’s no opening on the pouf, so I decided it was time to make a new one (and give it a zipper for easy refills!).
Cut an 18″ circle out of craft paper and pin the paper to your fabric. Using the circle as a template, cut around the circle and remove the pins (save the circle for a later step). This is the top of your pouf
Cut another piece of fabric that is 18″x19″. Lay the fabric with the 19″ width horizontal and cut the piece vertically straight up the middle into two equal pieces (so these two pieces will each be 9.5″x18″). Make sure your fabric is right side up. Take your zipper, open it and turn it face down. Lay the left edge of the zipper even with the left edge of the right piece of fabric (see first photo above). Pin zipper in place with the top and bottom of the zipper hanging over each edge. Use a zipper foot to sew that side of the zipper in place. Once it’s attached, fold the zipper back and press the zipper in place with an iron so the teeth are facing outward. Pin the fabric in place (see the second photo above). Switch back to a standard foot on your machine and sew down your fabric 1/4″ from the zipper to keep the zipper folded in place.
Repeat process with the other side of the fabric so that you can zip the fabric together once complete.
Pin your paper circle template on top of your zipped fabric and cut out the circle (don’t worry about cutting through the zipper, the ends will be closed off later). Make sure that the zipper head is zipped under the paper circle just out of sight so it doesn’t get cut off during this step. This will be the bottom piece of your pouf.
Now that you have your top and bottom circles cut, line up the piping edge with the edge of your top circle (right side up) and pin the piping in place. When completing the circle of piping, cross the end piping over the beginning piping so that they both hang off the circle and pin in place. Use your zipper foot to attach the piping and trim the excess hanging from the beginning and end strands.
Repeat the process with the bottom circle, but first open the zipper a 1/2″ above the piping and make sure the zipper halves are pinned close together.
Once your piping is attached, cut a rectangle of fabric for the side of your drum pouf that is 16″x56″. Pin the fabric lengthwise around the edge of your top circle with the right sides facing each other (you will be placing your pins just in front of the piping as shown in the photo above).
When you have pinned the fabric all the way around the circle, pin a side seam down the side of the drum shape. Sew the side seam first with the standard sewing foot and a 1/2″ seam allowance. Once the side seam is complete, switch to the zipper foot and sew around the top circle securing the sides to the top (you’re using the zipper foot here because you’re trying to get as close to the piping as you can). Repeat the process by pinning the sides to the bottom (right sides facing each other) and sewing the two together with the zipper foot. Make sure to unzip the zipper a few inches before you pin the bottom circle to the sides so you can unzip it easily once the pieces are sewn together.
Once your sewing is complete, turn your pouf right side out and use an iron to press the seams near the piping. After that, fill your pouf with the filling of your choice and get ready to sit in style!
I have to say, of all the sewing projects I’ve done, I’m the most proud of this one. It looks so good that I think people will be shocked when they find out it was a DIY. Plus, I’m excited that I can refill it (or change the type of filling) whenever I want. It is a little more work to put a zipper in things, but it’s totally worth it. Happy sewing! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman