HOW TO MAKE… A VELVET POUFFE
1.5m (59½") main fabric (we used Stoff & Stil Crushed Velvet Antique Rose from www.stoffstil.co.uk) 1.5m (59½") cotton lining fabric Two flat pink buttons, 4cm (15/ wide Matching sewing thread Webbing, 10m (32' 9¾"), 1cm ( ") wide Six 250g bags of soft toy stuffing (we got ours from www.prym. com/en) Long upholstery needle Strong upholstery thread Tailor’s chalk Extra seating is always handy over the festive season, and when it looks as good as this blush velvet pouffe, whipping up your own version is a must.
Made using the simplest sewing techniques, you could easily finish it in an afternoon, giving a corner of your home a new look, and you a place to pop your feet up.
Using the templates on page 96, draw an ellipse shape onto the lining fabric. Add a 1.5cm ( seam allowance, then cut out. Repeat five more times to make six shapes in total.
Place the main fabric right side (RS) down on a flat surface, then place a lining shape on top, RS down. Using the lining as a template, cut an ellipse shape from the main fabric, keeping the fabric shapes together as a pair. Place to one side, then repeat five more times with the other lining shapes.
Place two pairs of shapes with the main fabric RS together and lay them on a flat surface with the points at the top and bottom. Pin and sew along the seam allowance on the right hand edge.
Open the shapes out, with the velvet RS up. Place another shape on top with RS together, aligning the raw edges on the right. Pin and sew along the right-hand edge, then repeat until all the shapes have been added. Pin and sew the two remaining open edges, leaving a 10cm (4") gap.
Turn the pouffe RS out and stuff firmly, then sew the gap closed.
Cut a 9cm (35/ circle from the main fabric. Take a small ball of stuffing and place it in the middle of the wrong side. Put a button on top, face down, gather the fabric around the back of the button, then sew the edges to secure it. Repeat to make a second button.
Thread the long upholstery needle with strong upholstery thread, then thread on the button, tying the end of the thread in place. Pass the needle through the top of the pouffe at the point where all the shapes meet, making sure it comes out at the same point on the other side.
Pass the needle through the back of the second button, pulling the thread taut and drawing in the middle of the pouffe. Press down on the second button as you do this, then wrap the thread around the base of the second button to hold it in place. Knot to secure, then trim off any excess thread.
Anna Alicia Anna is the designer-maker behind eco-ethical label A Alicia. She lives in East London with her artist husband, their baby, and a multitude of plants, and runs craft workshops as well as creating beautiful acessories and jewellery. www.aalicia.bigcartel.com