Today I'm sharing something I made that was a huge hit with my boys. They played with this diy bean bag pouf for hours. I used some more Marimekko PVC-coated fabric that I received from FinnStyle to make my pouf. Using this type of fabric made it a perfect for inside or outside. We've been having fun using it out on our new deck and in the house as well. I filled the pouf loosely with bean bag beads so that the boys could use it as a little bean bag chair as well. I love the super fun pattern Pikkujätski "little ice cream" from Marimekko. I also decided to leave the serger stitching visible on the seems for some interest. If you don't have a serger, you can still make the pouf with exposed seems by using a zigzag stitch on the exposed edge. I think this pouf will make a great addition to the boys play space (if our basement ever gets finished!). You can find the tutorial below. It was really a very simple sewing project. Warning: this post contains a lot of pics of my kiddos (I couldn't resist!).
DIY Bean Bag Pouf How To:
1. Cut six equal sized strips of fabric (mine measured 39" long by 14" wide - I tried to make each panel wide enough to accommodate the ice cream pattern on the fabric). The overall size of my pouf is 24" wide by 13"tall when filled.
2. Use pencil or dressmaker's chalk to mark the lines on your fabric pieces for sewing. Make a mark at the centre of each short end of your fabric strip. Mark 12" down each side from either end of the fabric (i.e., four marks). Now draw a line from the centre points to either side to the 12" mark (see the picture above). You will use these lines as your guides when sewing. You could trim the excess fabric at this point if you wanted to (i.e., the outside corners above the sewing lines). I left mine on as my serger would do the trimming for me.
3. This step is not necessary, but I basted all my pieces together before running them through the serger again. In picture three, you can see the sewing pattern. You want to sew all the pieces together to form a six-sided bag. Place two pieces wrong sides together and follow the stitching line (picture 2), then take another strip and sew it to the other side of strip sewn above and repeat sewing all the pieces together until you get to your last seam.
4. In the last seam leave a 4" opening from which you will fill the bean bag. If you haven't already, serge all the seems (leaving the opening) trimming the excess fabric at the top corners. If you end up having a small opening at the top where your seams didn't perfectly line up, you can hand stitch it closed.
5. Fill your pouf with bean bag filler (styrofoam beads) and then sew/serge the opening closed.
*I received this fun Marimekko fabric from FinnStyle to use in my home.