HOW TO MAKE… A VEL­VET POUFFE

Mollie Makes - - Living -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

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

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