Transformed :: Painted Pouf

DIY Pouf | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

Claire here, and I couldn’t be more excited to present to you all my latest project! Two weeks ago I asked for your suggestions on which pouf I should make, and though I loved them all, I took little bits of inspiration from each one to create a design that’s truly original and unique. After some trial and error, a few heated altercations with my sewing machine, and some painted details, I made a pouf that adds interest to my home. Curious to learn how to make your own? Keep reading for instructions and a downloadable template!

DIY Pouf | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

DIY Pouf | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

  • downloadable templates ABC1C2 + diagram
  • sewing machine
  • 2 yards canvas
  • 5 lbs polyester fiber fill
  • sewing pins
  • tape
  • scissors
  • fabric paint
  • paint brush
  • pencil
  • ruler

  1. Download and print pouf templates. Arrange templates by referring to diagram and tape together.
  2. Lay your fabric out on a flat surface and place template on top.
  3. Use a pencil to lightly trace each template piece onto canvas. Repeat until you’ve traced 6 times.
  4. Cut each piece out, being careful to cut just inside of the pencil line.
  5. Use pencil and ruler to hand draw decorative pattern on each panel. I made rows of triangles 2″ wide and 1″ tall.
  6. Use fabric paint to fill in triangles. 
  7. Once dry, take two panels and lay one on top of the other, painted sides out. Pin them on one edge.
  8. Sew the pinned edge, leaving 1/4″ between the edge and the sewn line.
  9. Repeat this process with the other 4 panels, sewing one side of each pair, painted side facing out.
  10. Leaving a slight opening on the bottom of one seam, sew edges of each pair together to form the shape of your pouf.
  11. Stuff the pouf with polyester fiber fill using the unstitched opening. You can fill with old sheets/rags in the center and line with polyester fiber fill to save some money and give it a more structured look.
  12. Once it is filled to your satisfaction, sew the opening closed. This is tricky, but can be done with a machine, or you can hand stitch the opening closed.
  13. Fray edges by pulling out some of the loose strings, this can be done quicker by rubbing a needle back and forth against the top of the edges.
  14. Position and fluff accordingly. You now have a delightful pouf to use as a footrest, coffee table, or fun decor piece to add a pop to your living room!

**note: since cover is not removable, spot clean only.

*photos by Claire Zinnecker for CamilleStyles.com

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55 Responses to “Transformed :: Painted Pouf”

  1. susannah

    I love it! Great job, Claire. I might try this myself as an inexpensive way to freshen up my living room for spring. Where did you find that canvas? such a cool pattern, and perfect for the project.

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    • clairezinnecker

      So glad you like it! I found my canvas at Walmart, but I bet they have it at any standard fabric store!

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  2. Maya

    I am very intrigued by that phenomenal piece of furniture behind the pouf! What is it?? I love vintage organizational pieces, though they tend to be pricey.

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    • clairezinnecker

      It was definitely a lucky find! I’m not quite sure what it was but I think it might have been used as a magazine file system? (if anyone knows I’d love to have the proper name for it!) I now use it as a place to store my crafting tools :)

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  3. Jenny Sath

    Looks gorgeous Claire! I’m going to have to borrow (steal) my mom’s sewing machine on my next trip home so I can try to make one! xx

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    • clairezinnecker

      Yay! So glad you like it, Jenny…you are always welcome to come use my sewing machine!

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    • clairezinnecker

      I would love to see your completed pouf when you make one!

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  4. Lizzie

    The pouf looks really nice, but I am with Maya, above: What is the amazing piece in the background? I am assuming some type of filing system, though I have never seen one like it. Absolutely love it!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks! It was a delightful discovery at a vintage store in San Antonio. I have done a little googling but haven’t found anything exactly like it…possibly for files or magazines?

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      • Jess

        Ah! I live in San Antonio! What store!? Super excited to make a pouf!

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        • clairezinnecker

          It is a vintage store called Oz Modern I believe on Hildebrand…check it out! I also love Period Modern there.

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          • Jess

            Great! Thanks! Will have to check them out.
            By the way, about how tall is your pouf once sewn together?

    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks, Sarah!

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  5. Kate

    Great job, Claire! It looks really good.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you! It was surprisingly easier than I first thought it would be :)

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  6. Kirbi Knop

    This turned out great Claire!! Nice job!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you, Kirbi! I am definitely going to have to look into the seamstress at Cowgirls & Lace!

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  7. Babette

    I too really like that piece in back! Like the poof- another good place to rest feet and ..

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Babette! xo

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  8. Gail

    What a great idea. I really like the pattern.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks, Gail! So glad you like the pattern!

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  9. Gail

    Love it! I like this one better than the ones you showed. Great job Claire!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks so much!

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    • clairezinnecker

      You should! It was such a fun project and fairly easy :)

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  10. Julie

    oh, how I love this! it’s perfect!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you!! It definitely added the perfect pop of color to my living room.

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  11. Minica

    Very inventive, fun and useful! I enjoy seeing your creative creations!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks so much!!

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  12. Sharen

    Claire! What a treasure…I love this pouf! A must craft for any home.

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    • clairezinnecker

      thanks Sharen!

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  13. Sarah Johnston

    This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I’m wondering how much you increased the size of the pouf templates for 2 yards of fabric and the the 5lbs of polyester fill.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Sarah! My pouf is made to be the size of the templates I attached printed at 100% scale. I didn’t increase the size any. Hope this helps!

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  14. Samantha

    What a great idea. I love the raw seams and the tribal paint is brilliant.

    I made a similar pouf a couple of years ago from an old party dress. Took me days to figure out how to make the “wedges” fit. This is a great modern interpretation.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Samantha! I am sure your pouf looked amazing!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Yay! So glad you like it, Lindsay!

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  15. clairezinnecker

    Jess, (I hope you see this reply, for some reason it’s not letting me respond directly to your comment), but my pouf is about 18-20″ tall!

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    • Jess

      Got it! Thank you!!! Perfect height!!

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  16. Mary

    Feel foolish for asking, but how do you make the template pieces the right tr to life size needed for the construction? And is this painters canvas?

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  17. kiki

    This is gorgeous and I’d love to try my hand at making one! One question though… the link the C1 piece seems to be incorrect. Could you point me to the right one? Thanks!

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  18. ndsudesign

    I have a piece of furniture like that! Mine is an antique auto parts organizer.

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  19. Michele

    I am so making 2 of these to replace my hated coffee table. Thank you so much for being so creative!

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  20. Renae

    How do you print these on a normal printer???

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