I wanted to add a floor pouf to Little One’s nursery. We spend a lot of time snuggling in the chair and realized it would be really nice to have a foot rest. I also wanted something soft for Little One to climb over. He is getting to the age where he is climbing on everything, which is great for his motor development, just not always great for my furniture.
I decided to make this floor pouf out of some Marauder’s Map fabric that I had left over from another Harry Potter project. I also picked up some starry night fabric form JOANN Fabrics. Both of the fabrics are flannel and 100% cotton, and I repurposed a zipper from an old craft project that I am no longer using. You are never going to believe what I used to stuff it…keep reading to find out!
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Cutting the fabric
For this floor pouf I cut the following pieces of fabric. You can find the Marauder’s Map fabric here.
- 20 1/2 inches * 20 1/2 inches – 2 pieces (top/bottom)
- 13 inches * 20 1/2 inches – 4 pieces (sides)
- 9 inches * 13 inches – 1 piece
The first step in creating the floor pouf was installing a zipper along one of the sides. I thought this was a necessary step for what I chose to stuff the pouf with. You can skip this step and just leave a hole to flip it right side out and hand stitch closed, if using regular stuffing.
Sew one of the sides together with the 9 inch piece. Line up right sides together and loosely stitch with a basting stitch. Press with an iron.
Placing the zipper centered on the seam, pin one side of the zipper down on the seam allowance. Stitch it into place and repeat with the other side of the zipper. You may have to move the zipper while stitching. To do this place the needle down into the fabric. Then lift the presser foot and slide the zipper tab out of the way. Place small horizontal stitches at the beginning and end of the zipper. For the rest of the seam go back over it with a regular size stitch, back stitching at the beginning and end.
Flip the fabric over and use a seam ripper to open the fabric where the zipper is. The next part is optional – fold a piece of fabric over the zipper, iron down and pin in place. I decided to do this step to help prevent Little One from undoing the zipper. After finishing I realized that I should have added Velcro to help keep this closed. You can do that now.
Stitch the side piece to the top, placing right sides together and stitching with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end, also stop the run of stitched 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric. Repeat this process on all four sides.
Pulling the top piece of fabric out of the way, pin the right sides together. Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and back stitch at the beginning and end. Repeat with the remaining sides.
Stitch on the bottom piece placing right sides together, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and back stitching at the beginning and end. Either open the zipper or leave a hole in one of the seams for flipping. Flip right side out press the seams with an iron.
The final step is to stuff the floor pouf. You could use stuffing like this…but I stuffed it with baby clothes! I know it’s a little weird but I have so many outfits that Little One has outgrown, I don’t want to get rid of them yet. This puts them to good use. With the zipper I can easily take them out and replace them with stuffing later on. But for right now it is great storage. It also adds a lot of weight to the pouf, which helps keeps it stable when Little One is climbing all over it.
What do you think of this floor pouf? Have you tried making it? Let me know in the comments below! Also, for more Harry Potter decor/nursery ideas see my post here.