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No-Sew Denim & Plastic Bottle Pouffe

My son asked us to get him a Pouffe or ottoman to rest his feet on when he’s relaxing in his hammock that we made a few days ago.  Now these things come in all shapes and sizes, but none of them were quite the right height or colour, so we ended up making him a no-sew one. It turned out to be really, really easy. And we recycled some plastic bottles at the same time 🙂 That’s a win-win in my books.

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What You Need to Make a No-sew Denim Pouffe

  • 7 plastic bottles, we used 2.5 liter plastic coke bottles
  • 1.5 m (60″)  x 1 m (40″) stretch denim fabric
  • 2 wooden circles, 39 cm (15″) in diameter. Your local hardware store should be able to cut them for you if you’re not comfortable using a jigsaw.
  • Batting or padding (the stuff they use for quilting)
  • Packing tape, double sided tape, no-sew fabric glue and a staple gun
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What you need

Making the Pouffe Using Recycled Plastic Bottles

Arrange the plastic bottles in a circle and tape them together. This will form the base of the pouffe.  Turn the bottles over and put some double sided tape on the bottom and attach to one of your wooden circles. Make sure it’s nicely centered otherwise the pouffe is going to be a bit wonky.

Tape the plastic bottles together

Tape the plastic bottles together

To make the seat cover cut a 50 cm (19.5″) circle out of the denim fabric and 2 x 39 cm (15″) circles out of the batting. I wanted the seat to be nice and “pouffy” 😀 Put the denim wrong side facing up on your workbench, then the two batting circles on top of that and finally the wooden circle. Carefully fold the extra bits of the denim circle over the wood and use a staple gun to attach.

Cover the seat

Cover the seat with batting and denim

Pouffe test run

Test run to see if it’s stable

Do a quick test run to see if it’s stable. Wrap the plastic bottles in batting and staple the batting to the bottom outer edge of the wooden circle.

Cover with batting

Wrap the plastic bottles in batting

Almost done. Cut a 1.2 m x 45 cm (47″ x 17.7″) strip out of your denim material and using fabric glue attach the denim skirt to the outer edge of the seat cover.

Glue the seat

Glue the denim to the seat using fabric glue

Once the glue is dry (about 1/2 hour), place the seat on top of the plastic bottles and gently pull the fabric skirt down over the batting covered bottles. Staple the extra bits of denim to the underside of the bottom wooden circle.

Easy no sew denim ottoman or pouffe made from plastic bottles. #recycling #recycledcrafts #ottomans #pouffe #diyhomedecor #diyottoman #plasticbottlecrafts

Made with love and some fabric glue

Finally, just for love, glue a little heart on top of the seat 😉 You won’t believe how strong a whole bunch of plastic bottles are. My son weighs around 80 kg (about 180 pounds) and the pouffe handles it without a problem. It’s such an amazing way to recycle all those empty plastic bottles. But I would love to know what you think of the idea.

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Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time, hope you have a beautiful creative week.

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Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts, Trash to Treasure


  • Posted: September 30, 2017 18:42

    jane fowler

    I made several similar "pouffs" s with 12 2 litre milk cartons. Split them down the side and tape into three sided cartons and then fit them together and tape well. Cover the same way except that I used upholstery fabric and sewed them, some with piping. They were exceptionally strong and a could support a heavy man. We sold them at a charity event for $20.00 - $25.00 each.
    • Posted: October 1, 2017 04:20


      That's so cool Jane. I'm amazed at how strong the "pouffs" actually are and it's such a great way to recycle plastic bottles an milk cartons
  • Posted: October 10, 2016 22:41


    Michelle - this is such a creative idea!
    • Posted: October 11, 2016 07:19


      Thank you Ilka :D
  • Posted: October 10, 2016 19:45

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    This is such a cute idea. I can't believe you did it without any sewing. I am a sewing freak, I love to use the needle and thread and don't trust glue.. haha. But this is lovely and your son gets his pouffe.
    • Posted: October 11, 2016 07:19


      Lol Mary, I enjoy sewing too, but sometimes it's just to much hassle getting the sewing machine out the cupboard ;-)
  • Posted: October 10, 2016 15:58

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    How cool Michelle! What a great way to repurpose plastic bottles. It turned out really cute! You are so creative, you are always coming up with something really cool.
    • Posted: October 10, 2016 18:17


      Thank you Linda <3 I really wish we stayed closer, or even on the same continent. I would love to spend a day just creating things. Love your website
  • Posted: March 27, 2016 06:00


    Michelle, this is too cool!! What a great way to repurpose plastic bottles and make such a handy foot rest!! I bet your son loves his new pouffe!! Awesome job!!
    • Posted: March 29, 2016 06:24


      Thank you Keri :-)
  • Posted: March 18, 2016 14:53


    This is a great project. During the second world war, my Grandma made similar hassocks as these, only with tall tomato juice cans and they lasted for years. In fact, I THINK my cousin still has one of them. Of course, they were not as beautiful as yours, Smart idea. Good for you.
    • Posted: March 18, 2016 15:28


      Thank you Shirley for your beautiful comment. Someone once told me that when we lose an older person we lose a library. It was one of the most profound, mind changing moments of my life. I wish I could sit with my Gran again and really listen to her. Sending you lots of love

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