Transformed :: Painted Pouf

By clairezinnecker

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