DIY Home Decor: Beanbag Pouf
Materials:3 yd fabric; tape measure; water-soluble marker; string and tape (optional); scissors; pins; iron; thread; sewing machine with zipper foot; 20" zipper; 6 yd 3/8" cording; polyester bean filler (we used Poly-fil Beanbag Filler from Fairfield Processing).
1. Measure, mark and cut one 31"-diam circle of fabric for cushion top and one 33"-diam circle for cushion bottom. To create circles, tie a piece of string around a pencil or marker. Holding the marker straight down, stretch the string and mark it at a point half the diameter of the circle you're drawing. Apply a piece of tape in alignment over the mark and tape to the center of the fabric. With the marker pointing straight down and string taut, begin rotating the marker around the center, compass-style, to trace circle.
2. For cushion side, cut two 15"x491/2" pieces of fabric. For handle, cut a 6"x12" strip of fabric.
3. For piping cover, cut enough 2"-wide bias strips of fabric to create 6 yd. Bias strips will need to be pieced.
4. To add the zipper, fold cushion bottom in half and press. Cut along pressed line. Using a zipper foot, machine-stitch zipper along the cut straight edges of the fabric, following package directions.
5. To make the piping, wrap bias strip around the cording with the right side out and the raw edges even. Machine-baste close to the cord using zipper foot.
6. Pin piping to the cushion top, keeping the raw edge of the piping even with the raw edge of the cushion fabric. Clip seam allowance of the piping as needed to ease around edge.
7. Baste the piping to the top, beginning and ending the stitching 2" from the cut ends of the piping. After stopping stitching 2" before your starting point, open out the piping. Trim the cord on one end so it butts up against the cord end at the starting point. Turn the raw end of the bias strip under, wrap it around the 2 cord ends and complete stitching. 8. Repeat step 7 for cushion bottom.
9. Fold the handle in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together and raw edges even. Press. Open out and fold each long edge to the center fold and press. Refold along the center crease. Stitch close to folded edge.
10. Turn under and press 1/2" along each short end of the handle. Center the handle on the right side of one cushion side piece. Stitch at each end, leaving a bit of slack for your hand to fit through.
11. Pin cushion sides together along short ends, with right sides together and raw edges even. Stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance and press seams open.
12. Open zipper. Pin cushion side to cushion top, with right sides together and raw edges even. Clip fabric as needed to ease around edges. Stitch just inside the basting stitch line along the piping. Repeat with the cushion bottom. Turn right side out through the zipper opening and press. Pour in the polyester beans.
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