How to Make a Pouf Ottoman
How to Make a Pouf Ottoman

Hi, I’m Clara from Online Fabric Store. Poufs are a trendy and functional decor item, but they can be pricey. By creating your own you can save money and make it exactly how you want. So let’s get started. The materials you’ll need are: 1 yard each of 2 or 3 decor fabrics, I’m using Bella Velvet in otter gray, Premier Prints Jiri Saffron Yellow, and Swavelle/Mill Creek Dawkins Titanium, scissors or a rotary cutter and mat, a ruler, a fabric marker, thread, pins, a hand sewing needle, and for the filling, scrap fabric and stuffing or batting. This pouf is going to be a 17 inch cube. Measure and cut pieces for the top and bottom that are 21 inches square. I’m using upholstery velvet here, but you can use any decor fabric. Also cut 4 strips that are 4 by 15 inches. These will wrap around the corners to create a border around each side. Finally, cut 4 pieces that are 15 by 15 inches each for the sides. I’m going to use two different fabrics for this. I’m going to sew the corners on the top and bottom pieces so the fabric wraps around the edges 1 and 1/2 inches. On the back of the fabric, mark two lines that form a 2 inch square in each corner. That’s 1 and 1/2 inches, plus 1/2 inch for the seam allowance. Fold the fabric in half diagonally so the lines match up on both sides. Sew on the line, back stitching at the beginning and end. The stitching should be on or near the line on the other side too. Cut off the extra fabric and repeat for the rest of the corners on both the top and bottom pieces. Next I’m going to sew all the border and side pieces together. Place a border and square panel together with right sides facing and sew down the length with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Continue sewing the pieces together, alternating between border and side pieces. Once they’re in one long strip, sew the ends together to close the loop. Then, sew the top piece to the sides. Line them up with right sides facing so the corners fall in the middle of the border pieces and pin. Sew all the way around, back stiching at the beginning and end. When you come to a seam, open it up before sewing over it. Do the same for the seams on the bottom fabric. Repeat for the bottom piece, but leave a gap of about 12 inches in the middle of one of the sides. Turn the piece right side out and poke out the corners. Fill the pouf with scrap fabric. It’s best to start with batting, stuffing, or a pillow form so the top is soft and smooth. I’m using an 18 inch pillow. Then fill the rest with fabric you have around like old towels or sheets. Use batting or stuffing around the sides and corners to fill out the pouf. If you want the pouf to be softer like a floor pillow, you can fill it with just stuffing instead. Or you can get bean bag fill. Fold the edges in 1/2 an inch and hand sew the opening with a hidden stitch. Watch our video on how to sew a hidden stitch to see more details. When you finish sewing, turn it over and the pouf is done. You can use your pouf as an ottoman or foot rest, as extra seating, or as floor pillows. They’re especially great for kids’ spaces. Thanks for watching this OFS project.

33 thoughts on “How to Make a Pouf Ottoman”

  1. Leticia Las Piñas says:


  2. AnoushBotanical says:


  3. MsHe1en says:

    Thank you!

  4. N O'Donovan says:

    love these tutorials, can you do one on how to make a roman blind please??

  5. dethmaul says:

    Well shit, I dig it! I was wondering how to make good corners.

  6. amal deco says:

    i do this pouf style artisanal from tunisia

  7. CostuRusia says:

    I love your tutorial girl.

  8. akshar guha says:

    thank you sooo much!!👍👍

  9. Hayet Housein says:

    I love your tutorials !!!!thank you

  10. Sameer Pardeshi says:

    Too good 👍👍

  11. komal laila says:

    loved it

  12. cindy chen says:

    Can we just use fabric glue?

  13. Santosh Soni says:

    very nice feabrik

  14. Milk Honey says:


  15. Suman Saini says:

    Very nice

  16. magical hands says:

    Good work

  17. Kahitari Navin says:

    Very nice…👌👌👍

  18. Hamza Ji says:

    its very nice and good

  19. BangDroid says:

    what a pouf!

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  21. Shelley Ashton says:

    How many cubic feet is this design please 🙂

  22. Ideas N Ideas says:

    Can we make this felt??

  23. GlowGlow Oriakhi says:

    What kind of sewing machine was used for this project?

  24. Donna Birkel says:

    How much bean bag stuffing would I need to fill this size pouf?

  25. Julia Dawnyel says:

    Stuff animal ok

  26. Julia Dawnyel says:

    Velcro opening

  27. navdeep singh says:

    it's not only awesome but wowsome ☺👍👍

  28. Kim Workman says:

    Always great instructions in your videos

  29. Heather Mitchell says:

    this is basically a tutorial for a cube pillow. that stuffing would be so soft, unlike an actual hard pouf.

  30. Ames S. D says:

    Made and loveeee it!!! Thx for the video

  31. Juby Joy says:

    What is the name of this fabric? I mean while shopping what do i search for?

  32. Shobana Ravi says:

    What is the dimension of the pouffe ?

  33. Paula Smith says:

    What brand is your sewing machine in the video?

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