How to make a patchwork footstool

Make your own patchwork pouffe in three easy steps, with Style at Home's guide

Looking to add a splash of colour to your living room? Why not have a go at making our colourful patchwork pouffe? Use your sewing machine and ask a willing assistant to help you with filling it, and you’ll soon have a great addition to your living space.

Takes 2 hours

Costs £26.99

What you’ll need

  • Tracing/freezer paper
  • Scissors
  • Six fabrics (we used Amy Butler and Tanya Whelan designs), try Gone to Earth, from £2.50 each for a fat quarter
  • Sewing machine
  • Polystyrene beads, £11.99 for 2 cubic feet, Polybeads
  • Needle and thread

Tip If patchwork is not your thing, use the same fabric for minimal style. Why not try silver or grey?

1) Cut a template 10.5cm x 30cm, following the shape shown in the
picture. Take a piece of fabric (115cm x 20cm) and fold the shorter edge up by 30cm. Pin
the template on the fabric fold and cut out (don’t cut along the template
fold). Repin your template and cut a second section. Open out and refold the fabric to cut a third. Repeat with the other fabric pieces,
cutting three sections from each – a total of 18.

2) Pin two different sections, right sides together, along one long edge. Machine stitch with a 1cm hem. Pin a third piece and machine stitch. Continue sewing all 18 pieces together, varying the fabrics, to form a round bag.

3) Machine stitch one opening closed. Turn right-side out and fill with polystyrene beads. Using double thread, stitch the opening closed.
Cut out two small fabric circles and hand-stitch one to the top and one to the bottom of the pouffe.

If you’ve enjoyed making this patchwork footstool, why not try these Patchwork ideas.

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