One of the hottest trends in interior design is the pouf. It’s a modern interpretation of the basic footstool. They are generally round, or rounded in some way, and always colorful. You can use them to rest your feet or as a table (with a tray on top). It can be tucked out of the way under a console table and pulled out when extra seating is needed. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and cost anywhere from $75 up to $250 (or more). But why spend that much money when you can make your own?
I found a vinyl six-sided ottoman at Goodwill for only $4.99. It’s a bit worn, but in great shape.
Then I looked for knit shirts in the women’s department in coordinating colors.
I stretched a solid green shirt over the top, pulling it down almost to the bottom.
Cut off the excess fabric (sleeves and top of the shirt). Turn under the raw edge and sew a running stitch all the way around and pull tight so none of the old vinyl shows.
Turn the pouf upside down. I chose a multi-color stripe shirt with a wide band at the waist and put it over the green fabric, pulling the waistband up and over the top. Cut off the excess fabric (sleeves and bodice) and sew it together at the bottom so it stays in place.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a custom designed pouf to match your décor. It’s so easy to make and requires a minimal amount of sewing.