Unfortunately, they were not $250 cute. Aww, I was so bummed out!
So I decided to make one:
It cost me about $15 to make! And the best part is, it was EASY. If you can sew a straight line with a sewing machine, you can make one of these. Trust me :)
I looked around for a basic tutorial to change around into my own. I finally found the perfect one over at the blog Living with Punks.
To make this, you'll need:
- 1 yard of fabric
- 2 yards of trim
- 7'' - 9'' invisible zipper
- bean bag beans (or 16 - 24 oz fiber fill)
I also cut out two rectangles that were 9'' x 28''. You'll sew these two pieces together to form the side of the pouf (so together, they will be 9'' x 56''). The original tutorial had you cut out pieces that were only 51.5'' in length total, and I found that that just wasn't long enough to reach around the whole 17'' circle. (If you decide to make a bigger or smaller pouf, find the circumference of your new circle and then add on a few more inches to be safe.)
Put the two side pieces together with the "good" sides together, and sew them together on the short side:
One you're done, you'll have one long side piece:
Sew the edges where you just pinned.
Then, grab your other circle piece. Pin your trim to it.
Then sew the trim around the edges so that it's attached to the piece that will become the top side of your pouf. You can see where I sewed because I used white thread!
Then, take your top piece (complete with trim!), and pin it to bottom edge of the side piece.
Sew along the edge where you just pinned. When you're done, you'll have a pouf-like shape, although it will be a bit sad-looking because you haven't stuffed it yet. There will still be an opening on the side where the two ends of your side piece meet. Use the opening to turn it right-side out.
Install the zipper in the opening that you have left. Once you have it installed (and if you use an invisible zipper), it will look just like a seam, and you won't be able to even tell that it is there! If you really don't want a zipper, you can probably skip this step, but I found it be useful when filling up my pouf (see the discussion below).
Enter: my bag 'o beans. I got this big bag for $16 at Kmart.
OK, words cannot describe what a pain in the butt these are! They float through the air like butterflies and static makes them stick to everythingggg. I had the hubby help me pour them into the pouf shell, and he was just dying to squeeze the bag and fling them all over the place like the snow that he hasn't gotten this year ;) *boys...*
So there you have it! It truly wasn't hard at all, if you were to leave out the trim and zipper, it would be even easier an cheaper if you left out the trim and zipper.
And it's adorable! I can't wait to make another one sometime soon.
To sum it all up, I used less than half of the bag, which means that the filling cost (at max), $8. I used less than half of my $2 piece of fabric, and I used coupons to reduce the price of the zipper and the pom-pom trim.
$8 - filling
$1 - fabric
$2 - zipper (with coupon)
$5 - trim (with coupon)