Closet case pouf

Hi sewing friends! Today I’m bringing you something a little bit different… still a sewing project, but it is not a garment…it is a pouf that you can sit on or rest your tired legs.

A while back I notice on Instagram that Closet Case Patterns created a free PDF pattern for a pouf that is perfect for that leftover pieces that might be to small for a top or skirt, but you still keep them because they are so beautiful or just hold some memories…I have many, many scraps like that which finally I manage to find a use for!

To receive the PDF pouf pattern first you need to sign up to Closet Case Patterns newsletter which will grant you an access to their Resource Library. There are few more free patterns and other tutorials available so it is definitely worth it….don’t worry they will not spam your mail box.

The pattern does not come with an instuction booklet but there is a sew along tutorial available on their blog, which takes you through the entire sewing process. The top and sides of the pouf consists of 12 pieces that you can color block however you like. I decided to match the top and sides on my pouf because I had enough of small fabric pieces to do so. I didn’t want to go to crazy, so chose six different patterns from my leftover bin and color coordinated them together swapping around pieces till I was satisfied with the layout… took me awhile if you wondering. Using 1cm seam allowance I sewn the pieces together in the way that is recommended on the sew along post ensuring to have the centre seam meeting at the same place. It can be a little tricky, but if you are careful and consistent with seam allowance it is doable.

All my scraps were some sort of light weight cotton fabric so I decided to use a felt fabric as a stabiliser. Didn’t want too many lines of stitches so just top-stitched individual triangle and did some slanted lines on the side panel.

I really like the idea of using piping and matching fabric covered button to decorate the pouf, so I went and did just that! I think it looks super cute.

The bottom piece is made out of two half circles which I also backed with felt fabric to increase durability. There is an option of using zipper or Velcro as a centre opening, and I used a matching green invisible zipper from my stash. The inside of this pouf is stuffed with all unwanted and unused scraps of materials that I stored in a bin bag hiding in my closet….still need a little more….an excuse to buy more fabric!!!

This is a fantastic project that is an ultimate scrap buster! I don’t think it can get any better than that!!!

~Have you consider making a pouf?~

Monika xxx

Forbidden fruit pot holders- sewing tutorial

In the previous post I showed you how to draft a pattern for this deliciously looking pot holders. Now it is a time to grab a tea or coffee and make one or two! Let’s dive in!

Sewing tutorial

Cut out all your pattern pieces as mentioned in the latest post.

Take heat resistant fabric and sandwich it between the main body pieces. Quilt it all over in desired lines or you can follow mine design. I took one piece of main body and using straight lines attached it to the heat resistant fabric following with sewing the other main piece to the other side quilting in straight lines that goes from side to side.

My pot holders are very colourful, so I picked the darkest color to be the base in case it gets dirty. Whenever you work with some kind of heat resistant material you need to remember that the shiny side of the fabric is the one that blocks the heat from getting in contact with your body, so make sure to always place facing away from your skin.

Once the main body is quilted you can take all four pocket pieces (mine are in two different colors) and using a basting stitch sew it around the edges within your seam allowance. If you need to stabilize it more do not be afraid to use some interfacing.

Using bias binding finish only the straight edge.

To make it easier do it in two steps, first unfold the tape and place it on top of the pocket stitching along the crease line. Next fold it over the to the other side ensuring the first stitch line is covered and top-stitch in place.

Place both pockets on top of the main body piece and hold it in place using pins. Sew around the edge with a long basting stitch.

Assembly your tab and leaf pieces next.

For my leaf I placed the leaf pattern pieces wrong sides together and using zig zag stitch sewn it together .

For the tab I folded it in half with right sides together, stitched it and using a safety pin turned the fabric inside out.

Place one end of a tab between pockets and baste it in place. Next following the same steps use bias binding to finish around the border.

For a clean finish start sewing the bias tape by folding about 1 cm inside and stitch around the first crease line finishing on top of the first fold.

Turn the bias tape over to the back and tuck the other end of a tab underneath. Pin or hand baste to stop it from shifting and sew it with straight stitch in a ditch.

Pin one leaf in a preferred position and either stitch it on top of the zig zag or hand sew it to the main body.

Tadaaahhh, you are done with your make! Are we making a pie next???

~do you prefer to use oven gloves or pot holders while cookig/baking?~

Monika xxx