{How to} Make a POUF!

Pouf is a technical term. Trust me.

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

While I’m processing photos and mentally recovering from the Slumber Party today I thought I’d share this fun and super simple project with you guys.

I made these for the shelving project I’ve been working on. (Inspiration for POUF! found here)

I was planning on using old book pages but while I was thrifting and hunting I kept seeing sewing patterns for dimes. And then it hit me. I could just use sewing patterns instead of books – there’s usually a bit more, visually, on a sewing pattern and the ones I found had some added color as well. Happy!

You’ll Need:

Styrofoam balls
Hot glue gun, glue
Sewing pattern (one per pouf)
Ribbon

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

Start by cutting up your sewing pattern into squares (sorry, no photo) and crumpling each square as you go so that you end up with a bit of real estate in order to flue to the styrofoam ball.

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

Make a mess.

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

And glue your ribbon on for hanging.

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

I found that holding each square down for a good 30 seconds was the way to go, but I got impatient after the 17th one … and then remembered why it’s not ok to be impatient with a hot glue gun. Using a pencil to hold it down will help you avoid burns. I wouldn’t have the slightest idea why. Ehum.

You’ll be left with this lovely bit of sewing inspiration to use in your home.

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

For a variation with much less individual gluing going on – just take the actualy pattern (a peice of it) and wrap a styrofoam ball. Crumple on top, glue in place … rinse repeat for a fun little bowl of POUFS!

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

Sewing patterns turned POUF!

Enjoy!

Things to Do, Things to Love

Super quick pinata and super adorable.

Button art playful, colorful and easy. Check, check and check.

Make your own fire pit because the neighbors just got interesting.

Silhouette portraits I had one of these done of my daughter around age 2 and am wanting one done of my son as well … now I can do it myself. Yay!

Simple table runner there are so many ideas for this. What’s yours?

Fleece fish I want for myself, then when I’m done cuddling it and loving it and carrying it with me everywhere, I might share with my kids. Or make them one, too.

Sewing

Now that I know how to sew I’ve been scouring the internet for free patterns of things I want to make. I really only pay attention to the patterns with photos because words and sewing don’t really go together for me. I need tutorials.
I’ve found some really good ones, a few I’ve used – and a few I plan to soon …
Making a Mei Tai
Dishtowel Apron
Lined Apron
T-shirt pillow I want to make these for Jessica and the baby out of a few funny t-shirts we have from when Jessica was a tiny baby. Computer/geek themed, of course.
Pillowcase dress
Another pillowcase dress
Crayon Roll
Bloomers (this pattern would have to be purchased)
If it’s bold, I’ve made it already.
Right now I have fabric to make curtains for our kitchen windows.
I have everything I need to finish Jessica’s doll quilt and after that I’ll be done with all current sewing investments. On the list next? I want to try the Mei Tai sling for the baby. I have some left over fabric from making his curtains that I just love – so maybe I’ll try to incorporate that into the sling some how. If I can figure it out.
And I really want to try to crayon rolls (linked to above) also – it looks easy but for some reason it looks complicated, too. Which is why I haven’t tried it yet. There’s a lot of steps. We’ll see. It would be so nice to have in the diaper bag for Jessica though! And to know how to make for gifts and what not. So I’m sure I’ll try to tackle it at least once, to see if I can do it. (The interfacing step scares me a bit and the ric-rac step feels tedious – so … maybe I’ll try one at time and build up to the full crayon roll as pictured. It doesn’t NEED ric-rac … )

Sewing

I just made my first dish towel apron! It was so easy and I was so glad I found this tutorial with photos. It’s too big for Jessica … but I’ll be making 13 more of these to sell at the bake sale in April and I’ll make a range of sizes to fit kids from 18 mo/2T to 8/10.



xoxo!