This floor pouf is perfect for extra seating in dorm rooms, apartments and any living space where fashionable, functional, additional seating is needed.
Super easy to make and surprisingly comfortable, the unique design creates a lumbar-supportive structure that anyone can enjoy. This is a great project for a beginner learning to master the zipper, or a quick project for a seasoned sewist.
In our how-to video, we explain the step by step details to make your own. This Genevieve Gorder Flower Pops Basketweave Peacock Fabric is another great option for fabric choice to bring a bold prints and splash of color into any room!
- Home Decor fabric of your choice (we created the two examples for this post using Genevieve Gorder Flower Pops Basketweave Peacock Fabric and Udder Madness Cow Upholstery Fabric in Milk)
- Bean Bag Fill (1 bag will fill the Small size chair. The Regular size will require 1.5 bags)
- 24’’ Upholstery Zipper
- Upholstery Thread
- Optional Liner Insert- Poly Cotton Broadcloth (1.5 yard for Small size chair, 2 yards for Regular size, 24’’ upholstery zipper and all purpose thread)
Cut your rectangles based on what size you desire:
Small Size: 2 rectangles, 36.5’’ x 29.5’’ - This size is ideal for kids and tweens.
Regular Size: 2 rectangles, 42.5’’ x 35.5’’ -This size is appropriate for seat-seekers of most sizes.
Finish the edges of the shorter sides of both rectangles if needed. Right sides together, sew a 3/4" seam allowance and finger press open. When sewing the seam, backstitch at 6 1/2" from each edge. If making the kids size floor pouf, backstitch at 3 1/2" from each edge. Reinforcing by backstitching is necessary because later when you open up part of the seam to reveal the zipper, the remaining seam still needs to be strong and not be able to be pulled apart.
Pin zipper within the seam allowance, and top stitch the zipper with a zipper foot. You can topstitch the zipper on the underside of the seam, or the top of the seam - whichever your preference. Use a seam ripper to open up the seam, revealing the sliding zipper.
You'll notice the seam opening for the zipper is a little shorter than the zipper length - this will allow a little pocket for the zipper pull to be tucked into once zipped, eliminating any urge to unzip and spill the beans!
Pinned Zipper – underside and top side of seam shown:
Top Stitch Zipper into seam:
Open up seam to reveal zipper using a seam ripper:
Sewing wrong sides together, stitch 5/8’’ seam allowance along both long edges of the rectangles.
Join the side seams together in the center and sew along the remaining short end of the rectangle piece. This seam creates the vertical seam portion along the back of the cushion, which gives the seat structure.
Tip: Sewing from the middle out helps line up the seams perfectly.
Step 5 (Optional)
Repeat Steps 1 -4 for a liner insert if desired. The liner insert is not required to complete the project, but recommended if you want to change or easily clean the exterior cover.
Pour your bean bag fill into the liner. Warning – this is a 2 person job and should be done VERY carefully. Those beans are tricky, move quickly and love static electricity; the less you come in contact with them the better!
Poof! Or should I say Pouf? Now take a seat, relax and enjoy!