Monday, September 26, 2011

DIY Moroccan Pouf

All the rage in interior design, Moroccan Poufs are that little pop of color and elaborate embroidery at the foot of your sofa.  A great accent piece that can be tucked away as an accessory beside your furniture and then brought out for additional seating for entertaining.  Moroccan poufs are like that special jewelry treasure that completes an outfit.  You can see them in action at Jonathan Adler, West Elm, and Furbish.  I modified the Better Homes and Garden pattern for creating my Moroccan Pouf.

 - 2.5 yards fabric (45 wide)
 - 2.5 yards muslin (for lining)
 - 0.5 yards accent fabric (for under embroidery)
 - 19 inch zipper
 - foam
 - fiberfill
 - 0.5 yards wonder under
 - 2 skeins metallic embroidery floss   
**All seams are 0.5 inches. 

Make your own pouf:
1 - Cut out 8 top pieces and 8 bottom pieces of both outer fabric and muslin.
2 - Serge together fabric and muslin.  This step creates 8 top pieces and 8 bottom pieces with the outer fabric on one side and the muslin on the back side.  Iron.
Assembling the top portion:
3 - Sew long sides of two pieces together. Iron seams apart.  Now you have 4 pairs of pieces.
4 - Sew two pairs together.  Iron seams apart.
5 - Sew both halves (composed of 4 pieces) together.  Iron seams apart.
6 - Right-side view of top portion all sewn together.  

Assembling the bottom portion:

7 - Sew long sides of two pieces together.  Clip out triangle at corner. 
8 - Iron seams apart.  Now you have 4 pairs of pieces.
9 - Sew two pairs together.  Iron seams apart.
10 - Sew both halves (composed of 4 pieces) together, leaving bottom 19 inches open for zipper.  Baste zipper opening together.  Iron seams apart.
11 - Sew in zipper.
12 - Remove basting stitches and test zipper operation.

Assembling the pouf:
13 - With right sides together, sew the top half of the pouf to the bottom half.  Clip corners, turn pouf right side out, and iron seams.  This step can be tricky around the corners, but taking your time and rotating the fabric around the pressure foot will ensure that you have clean points at the corners.
14 - Stuffing the pouf - Using the zipper opening on the bottom, the pouf is stuffed from the top to the bottom.  First layer fiberfill on the 'top' and then layer pieces of foam.
15 - The key is to fluff the fiberfill apart and then stuff it along all the sides of the foam and into the points, this keeps from creating balls of fiberfill and a lumpy outside.  I used way more fiberfill than I expected, but it was worth it for a smooth finish.
16 - Once the pouf is completely stuffed, zip up the bottom.
** Special note:  I actually stuffed mine twice because there were a couple lumps the first time.

Making the embroidered topper:
17 - Select an embroidery design and sew it on a piece of your fabric (embroider before you cut the octagon shape to avoid any centering problems during embroidering).  My design utilizes cutwork embroidery so I used water-soluble backing.  Once the embroidering was finished, the fabric was washed to dissolve the backing leaving openings in the design.
18 - Trim embroidered fabric into octagon and iron back edges for a 0.5 inch hem.  Cut a piece of accent fabric (hot pink dupioni silk) to fit behind the embroidery openings.  Cut wonder under to fit octagon and iron onto the back of embroidered fabric with accent fabric layered in between. 
19 - Front view of embroidered topper.  
20 - Remove paper back on wonder under.  Line up octagon corners with seams on the top of your pouf and iron down to activate wonder under adhesive.  

Finishing touches:
21 - Separate embroidery thread into two sets of three threads.  Hand embroider on-top of all pouf side seams holding three threads together.  See image below for a close up of decorative stitching how-to.  Spacing for stitching was 0.5 inch.  
22 - Continue embroidery around octagon topper. 
** This step takes a really really really long time.  I suggest doing a little each night while you are watching your favorite tv shows.  Patience with the hand embroidery makes all the difference in the rich details of the final pouf.    

Now that your pouf is finished, take lots of pictures, because after all the hard work that went into this pouf, you are definitely going to want to share your accomplishment with friends and family.  After taking me over a month to finish my pouf, I am excited to share with you many pictures.  The finished pouf turned out to be larger than I expected, so I have included different arrangements so you can gauge the size.  While it is rather large, the size makes it perfect for using as extra seating, and the high density foam I used for stuffing means it is very sturdy to sit on.  

Ready to jump into making a pouf of your own?  A matching set would be great under a coffee table or flanking a sideboard.  How fabulous would it be to make it a patchwork pouf?  Perhaps ombre shades of dupioni silk going around the octagon?  Love that idea!!  If you tackle this project, send me a picture of your finished pouf!

xo - megan


  1. Amazing job! Hope to make one for myself. Thanks for sharing the instructions :)

  2. I love what you've done here!! Way nicer than the ones at BHG. Would you mind sharing the measurements of the individual pieces?

  3. I love this. It turned out gorgeous. Can we get the measurements of the pieces you used to try and duplicate the project please.

  4. Amazing. You even embroidered it.

    I made one awhile back out of an old party dress. But yours looks so professional.

  5. I love this look! You did a fabuous job! What are the measurements to make the alterations from the BHG pattern? Thank you so much!

  6. Great job, annoying that she went to all the trouble and never replies or posted the measurements

  7. Where did you purchase the foam from and what size(s) is it?


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