DIY Denim Pouf

Old jeans are pretty much the perfect reusable material when you feel like upcycling something for basically no cost. I had a few pairs of jeans sitting in my drawers that were either falling apart or no longer fit and I thought I could recycle them into this chic pouf.

You’ll need lots of denim in contrasting blues. I used three pairs of jeans and an old denim jacket.

First, I cut my jeans into four 5″ x 18″ strips, placed them right sides together and sewed, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Then I did the same thing to six 4.5″ x 9″ strips.

I was going for an abstract-looking pattern, so I sewed my two rectangles together right sides together with the four-strip rectangle perpendicular to the six-strip rectangle.

I cut the strip rectangle into a 17″ circle. This circle will be the top of your pouf.

Then, I cut more strips of jeans, this time there were nine of them and they were 15″ x 8″.

I sewed all of the 15″ x 8″ strips into a long rectangle similar to the first step of rectangular strips. Then I sewed the first and last 15″ x 8″ strips right sides together to form a large tube. Remember to use a one inch seam allowance. I pinned that onto the top of the pouf, right sides together. This will be the sides of your pouf.

During this time, I also made a 17″ circle for the bottom of the pouf out of random denim scraps from a jean jacket.

After you’ve sewn the top pouf circle to the striped sides, get your scissors and clip the seam allowance perpendicular to the seam, but don’t cut too close. This will allow for a more professional-looking appearance when the pouf is turned right side out.

Grab the 17″ bottom circle of your pouf and pin it, right sides together, to the sides of the pouf. Sew, leaving a 1″ seam allowance, as well as a 5″ opening so you can turn the pouf right side out.

Turn it right side out and start stuffing with some poly-fil. I used some old pillows to truly make this upcycle-friendly.

Pin the 5″ opening you had left before, and sew it closed using a ladder stitch.

Optionally, you could add a button to the top, but you would need to add it before you stitch your opening closed. I found an extra-large button wandering around in my craft bin and I thought it would be the perfect final touch for the pouf. I just threaded a needle with some thick thread (think embroidery thread) and pulled it down through all of the stuffing so I knew it would stay in place.

I just love the way it turned out. The contrasting hues of denim blue are great.


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