How to make a patchwork footstool

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

multicolour footstool patchwork
(Image credit: Project Suzie Attaway Photographs David Giles)

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?

fabric with brown freezer paper on it

(Image credit: Project Suzie Attaway Photographs David Giles)

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.

lady sewing footstool

(Image credit: Project Suzie Attaway Photographs David Giles)

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.

lady stitching footstool

(Image credit: Project Suzie Attaway Photographs David Giles)

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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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.