I have made floor poufs in the past. One issue I have run into is them losing their shape and ripping along the corner seams.
I was brainstorming one day how I could remedy this problem.
I kept thinking, “There’s got to be a way to “fill” it that makes it more sturdy but not weigh 25lbs.” One day as I was walking through the craft store I spotted 16x16x1 foam cushions. A light bulb went off! I thought how sturdy these would be and how lightweight they are. I knew they would be a perfect solution to fill the ottoman with.
Each pack comes with 4 squares. I knew I wanted something set at a comfortable height for my kids to sit on while doing their homeschooling. I also wanted something high enough you could easily use it as a footstool or ottoman while sitting on the sofa.
I decided to buy 3 packs. This gave me a total of 12 squares with an appr. height of 12.5in.
When I got home I stacked them and had the kids each sit on them. I wanted to see how much they would sink when being sat on. They hardly sunk at all and they were still comfy enough for the kids to bounce on!
My fabric was an upholstery fabric I had in my stash. I did get it from hancock fabrics however that company is no longer in business in our city. I believe they were bought out by Michael’s. I have spotted the same pattern but in a grey color in Hobby Lobby. You might could find it online too.
WHAT I USED:
- 2yrds upholstery fabric
- 12 foam, square cushions
- matching thread
- sewing needle
- sewing machine
- thick reinforcement material (2.5 yrds)
- tape measure
I started by cutting out the top and bottom pieces.
After that I cut out the 4 side pieces. I used my squares as my pattern guide adding 1in extra for seam allowance. I also measured my width and height if the squares all stacked together. Again making sure to add 1 in extra for seam allowance.
I used the fabric pieces as my “guide” to cut out the same number of pieces for the reinforcement material.
Once I had all the pieces cut out. I started by attaching two opposite sides to the base pieces. I laid right sides together of the upholstery fabric and then laid the stabilizing fabric on top of that. I pinned both sides and then sewed them on with a zigzag stitch.
I repeated this step with the other opposite sides but pinning the sides/corners together.
The next part is a little more tricky and unfortunately my phone died in the midst of snapping photos!
I will do my best to write here what I did and if there are any questions please comment down below and I will do my best to help you!
I took the last “top” piece and pinned it on 3 sides. I then pinned one side 1/4 of the way on both sides. This left an opening large enough to turn the ottoman right side out and then fold the squares in half to place inside.
I then took the opening, folded it in and hand sewed it closed using a blanket stitch. I made sure to match my thread and fabric so this wouldn’t be very noticeable.
After that I was done!
I probably could have fit 1-2 more squares inside. However I was fine with some looseness in the ottoman.
This is my 7 year old and as you can see she hardly “sinks” the ottoman at all! It’s VERY firm and at the perfect height to be comfortable enough for them to do their homeschool one.
I LOVE IT!
Aside from being sturdy this ottoman is SUPER lightweight! Maybe 3 lbs? Maybe?!
I plan on making 5 more so each of the children can have their own. It will make for extra seating for kids when we have friends and their families over!
I think you will enjoy making one of these for your own home. You could spruce it up by making one out of faux fur or even a leather material.
- flannel material perfect for the holidays
- Burlap with some printed writing on it
- make one out of minky fabric and place it in the nursery
The possibilities are endless!
Always remember, when it comes to crafts, DIY etc…make what you LOVE! Don’t be afraid to try something new and treasure the finished product knowing you created it with your very own hands!