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!

  • 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

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  1. 1
    susannah January 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    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.

    • clairezinnecker January 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      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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    Maya January 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    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.

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      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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    Jenny Sath January 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    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

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:29 pm

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

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    Erin | Holtwood Hipster January 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    This is so happening. What a clever project!

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:31 pm

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

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    Lizzie January 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    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!

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      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?

      • Jess February 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm

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

        • clairezinnecker February 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm

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

          • Jess February 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

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

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    Sarah [Sarah The Architect] January 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Love the pouf and like everyone else, love the vintage piece behind!! Thanks for the template!

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks, Sarah!

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    Kate January 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Great job, Claire! It looks really good.

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

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

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    Kirbi Knop January 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    This turned out great Claire!! Nice job!

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm

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

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    Babette January 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks Babette! xo

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    Gail January 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    What a great idea. I really like the pattern.

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks, Gail! So glad you like the pattern!

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    Gail January 25, 2013 at 6:42 am

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

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks so much!

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    Christina @ The Murrayed Life January 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Looks great Claire!! Definitely added to my list of must-tries.

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm

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

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    Julie January 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

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

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:40 pm

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

  14. 14
    Minica January 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker January 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks so much!!

  15. 15
    Sharen January 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker February 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      thanks Sharen!

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    Sarah Johnston February 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    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.

    • clairezinnecker February 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      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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    Samantha February 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

    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.

    • clairezinnecker February 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks Samantha! I am sure your pouf looked amazing!

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    Lindsay {Everistta} February 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

    So excited to try this! I always wanted a fun pouf!

    • clairezinnecker February 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Yay! So glad you like it, Lindsay!

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    clairezinnecker February 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    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!

    • Jess February 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

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

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    Mary April 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

    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?

    • Kirsten July 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      I am curious about this as well…

  21. 21
    kiki November 1, 2013 at 4:47 am

    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!

  22. 22
    ndsudesign December 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

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

  23. 23
    Michele January 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

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

  24. 24
    Renae February 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm

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

    • sundriya August 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Hi Claire,
      I love this pouf and really want to try and make it. At the fabric store here they said that any natural type of material like linen, cotton or burlap would fade and look unattractive because of light exposure. I was wondering whether your pouf has faded over time? I was planning to use a grey linen to make mine.

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    Christofer Bradley December 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks. I’m going to make this for my wife:)

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    Abby March 13, 2016 at 9:52 am

    How big will the pouf be made to these instructions? I wanted to make mine 20″.