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Transformed :: Painted Pouf

January 24th, 2013

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

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  1. susannah says:

    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.

  2. Maya says:

    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 says:

      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 🙂

  3. Jenny Sath says:

    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

  4. This is so happening. What a clever project!

  5. Lizzie says:

    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 says:

      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?

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

  7. Kate says:

    Great job, Claire! It looks really good.

  8. Kirbi Knop says:

    This turned out great Claire!! Nice job!

  9. Babette says:

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

  10. Gail says:

    What a great idea. I really like the pattern.

  11. Gail says:

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

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

  14. Julie says:

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

  15. Minica says:

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

  16. Sharen says:

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

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  18. Sarah Johnston says:

    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 says:

      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!

  19. Samantha says:

    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.

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

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  24. clairezinnecker says:

    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!

  25. Mary says:

    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?

  26. kiki says:

    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!

  27. ndsudesign says:

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

  28. Michele says:

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

  29. Renae says:

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

    • sundriya says:

      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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  34. Christofer Bradley says:

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

  35. Abby says:

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

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