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How To Make A Stylish DIY Floor Pouf

Make A Velvet DIY Floor Pouf From A Cable Stool

I knew when I rescued a small cable spool out of the skip (dumpster) I would be able to transfer it into something special one day. It may have taken me 18months to get round to it but I used it to make a stylish DIY floor pouf for my home.

Recently, I had new velvet curtains made for my lounge. And it was the fabric remnants that gave me the idea to use them to make a floor pouf. The velvet fabric was so gorgeous and luxurious I just had to use it. It is an ombre velvet in Papaya/Raspberry/Loganberry by Harlequin called Amazilia.

I’m also a fan of the current trend of metallic touches in home interiors. To enhance to the luxuriousness of the velvet I added a metallic gold band to my DIY floor pouf.

The floor pouf was relatively easy to make, very affordable and looks great in my home. The kids love it too as it’s on casters so they can whizz around on the wooden floors with it. Luckily the cover is removable so easy to wash if they cause any damage.

Velvet DIY floor pouf

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What You Need To Make A DIY Floor Pouf

what you need to make a DIY pouf

How to make a DIY floor pouf from a cable spool

    1. The first thing to do is to screw the casters to the bottom of the cable spool. Even though I had four casters I only used three in the end as this seemed more than enough.Screwing on casters to pouf
    1. So that your ottoman/pouf is nice a soft, the next thing to do is cover it upholstery foam. Cut a dense piece of foam to fit the top and glue it down. Next secure foam around the edge of the cable spool. I used a mixture of glue and duck tape to hold it in place. Finish off the padding by covering the whole thing in some quilt batting.Covering cable spool with upholstery foam.
    1. Now all you need to do is make the velvet slipcover. Measure the radius of the top of the ottoman. Then using a pen and a piece of string the length of the radius plus 1cm for a hem allowance, draw a circle onto the back of the velvet fabric. Then cut the fabric around this line.(As I was using velvet remnants I didn’t have one piece big enough for the top so had to sew 2 pieces together first.)

    1. Next measure the height of the floor pouf and the circumference. Cut a piece of velvet to these dimensions allowing for a seam allowance for both the top and for a hem at bottom of the fabric.
    1. Pin the side piece to the round top right sides together and stitch together. Then pin the open sides and stitch them closed. You should now have a velvet slipcover for the ottoman. Before going any further turn the cover right sides out and test that it fits. Don’t worry if its a bit long as the next thing to do is to hem it.

velvet slipcover

    1. I cheated and used a fusible webbing and an iron to hem the velvet slipcover to the right length. You can sew the hem if you prefer but I feel the ironed hem is neater.ironing hem
    1. Finally to finish off the DIY floor pouf and to give it a bit of stylish glamour add some gold vinyl. Firstly, cut the ironable gold vinyl with a rotary cutter into a stip about 2 inches wide and as long the circumference.The sheet of vinyl will probably not be long enough to go fully around the ottoman you will probably need 2 strips to make the full length.

Cutting iron on vinyl

  1. Iron the gold vinyl strip to the bottom of the velvet slipcover, according to the instructions that came with the vinyl.

Velvet DIY floor pouf

Even with the gold vinyl strip the velvet slip cover for the DIY floor pouf is washable at a cool temperature. The foam I used on the top of the ottoman was so dense it’s firm enough to also act as a side table. Like most poufs this is a really versitle extra piece of furniture, it can be used as extra seating, a foot stool and table.

Velvet DIY floor pouf

DIY floor pouf from a cable spool.

This isn’t the first ottoman/pouf I made, last year I made a rustic nifty denim DIY ottoman, which was an IKEA hack.   I have a tutorial on how to reupholster a footstool with a tea towel.  I also have a tutorial for a DIY footstool using denim.

Also there are more ideas for ottomans/poufs on DIYideacenter.com.

Velvet DIY floor pouf

Rosie (@greenrosielife)

Sunday 6th of May 2018

I love your creative ideas and I bet whoever used the wire wrapped around that cable spool had NO IDEA what it would end up becoming! Thank you for adding this post to #GoingGreen and apologies for my tardiness in visiting. The next linky opens tomorrow (May 7th) so hope to see you there again :)

Claire Armstrong

Monday 7th of May 2018

Thank you, Rosie. I’ll be sure to visit.

Ivory

Saturday 14th of April 2018

I love your pouffe. You did a fabulous job transferring a cable spool. I love, love, love it.

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 14th of April 2018

Ahh, thank you so much Ivory ?

Kids of the Wild

Friday 6th of April 2018

Innovative use of an old cable spool, love it #GoingGreen

Claire Armstrong

Friday 6th of April 2018

Thank you so much ?

karen reekie

Wednesday 4th of April 2018

This looks really fab. Love the colour of the material too. Well done. Very clever!

#goinggreen

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 4th of April 2018

Thank you so much, I do like the fabric.

Mary Middleton | hellopeagreen

Monday 26th of March 2018

I'm so didn't expect a cable spool to be the heart of that pouffe. Well done Claire.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 26th of March 2018

Thank you so much, Mary.