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 was quite the right height or colour, so we made him a no-sew denim and plastic bottle 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.
What You Need to Make a No-sew Denim Pouffe
- 7 x plastic bottles, we used 2.5 liter plastic Coke bottles
- 1.5 m (60″) x 1 m (40″) stretch denim fabric
- 2 x 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
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 it to one of your wooden circles. Make sure it’s nicely centered; otherwise, the pouffe will be a bit wonky.
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 it.
Your no sew denim pouffe should look something like this.
Wrap two layers of batting around the plastic bottles.
Use a stapler to attach the batting to the bottom outer edge of the wooden circle.
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.
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. Finally, just for love, glue a little heart on 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.
Don’t you think it’s a lovely way to recycle all those empty plastic bottles?
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