The yellow cushion is from my previous reading nook I made for my youngest daughter. I was glad I didn't have to get rid of it. :) The large gray pillow is from Ikea- both the insert and the cover. The coral pillow is my Wavy Ruffle Pillow and the darling throw is from Target. The shelves were made using 1 X 4 and 1 X 2 pieces of wood. We pretty much followed this tutorial from Ana White, but instead of nailing the 1 X 2 to the front of the bottom board, we nailed it on top so the nail holes wouldn't be seen. My girls love them.
But the real star of this space is the pouf. In the above picture is wasn't completely finished *gasp* so I just plopped the felt piece on top, but now, it's all done and I can share the details. :)
Let me show you how to make your own.
6- 12" X 24" pieces of fabric- I am using The Cottage Garden fabric designed by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs
12" X 24" cutting mat
New blade for your Cricut Explore
* The pattern will be available on Design Space in the coming weeks.
Creating the Pouf:
1. Cut your freezer paper into 12" X 24" pieces.
2. Use the iron (on cotton setting) to fuse the freezer paper to the RIGHT side of your fabric. * the shiny side of the freezer paper goes against the right side of the fabric
3. Place the fabric- WRONG side (or fabric side) down on the cutting mat. *it helps if it is a new-ish, pretty sticky mat
4. Upload pattern or open it in Design Space. Make sure the shape is locked in proportion and if necessary adjust size to 23" in length.
5. Put in your new cutting blade *this makes such a HUGE difference- It's totally worth it to spend the few dollars on a new blade to get sharp cuts on the fabric.
6. Cut out 2 shapes per fabric
Assembling the Pouf:
1. decide the order you want the fabrics to go.
2. Pair the fabrics next to each other and pin them right sides together on one side.
4. Now take your sections of 2 and open them up. Make sure to check the placement of fabrics.
5. Pair up your sections of 2 and repeat steps 2 and 3 to create sections of 4.
6. Sew two sections of 4 together to create one section of 8. (sorry for the lack of pictures on these steps, basically it's the same thing over and over, just building the pouf)
7. When you get to the last section, sew one side in completely. Then, on the last side, leave a section on the bottom of the pouf open (approx. 8" or so) so you can stuff the pouf.
Stuffing the pouf:
1. Hand stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread.
2. Cut a piece of felt or fabric to cover the top of the pouf. I just cut out a circle, but you can use any shape you want. I thought a hexagon would be fun too.
3. Use embroidery floss to sew the felt piece to the top of the pouf.
Now, you're done!!
Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask, but make sure to leave an e-mail so I can respond to you. Otherwise, I'll just leave the answer in the comments and it will be up to you to come back and check. ;)
Have a wonderful day! And don't forget to stop by tomorrow for a look at my first ever video uploaded to YouTube and filmed by yours truly. Should be good for a laugh.