My first make of 2014 - and one I've been meaning to do for, ooh just about a year! It feels very satisfying to have finally got round to it. It didn't take very long at all once I started sewing as it was just a few straight lines. My mother-in-law very kindly made this pouffe for us years ago when we were living in Glasgow and we both love it. However it gets used as a footstool, pizza table, red wine table etc and as a result was looking pretty dirty and worse for wear. It was time to give it a new cover.
You can't see in the photo but this is a lovely soft fine cord fabric. I picked up a few metres of it really cheaply at a Peter Jensen fabric sale I went to with some lovely ladies including Kathryn, Alison, Elisalex and Joelle. That was a long time ago and it's been languishing in my stash ever since. That means... that my first make of the year also qualifies as the start of my Stash Diet 2014 - win! Initially I was going to make a pinafore style dress but since our new arrival I've changed my mind and would like to make him some trousers or dungarees with what is left.
This was really easy to make as I haven't covered it at the bottom - this means I can remove it easily to wash it, but also meant less sewing - another win in my book. I just measured the top and sides of the pouffe, added a 1.5cm seam allowance then started cutting out the squares. I then sewed the top and two sides together in a line before adding on the other 2 sides. I pinked all the seams as the cord really frays. Oh, and I added a pocket, well actually 2 pockets. One for the remote controls and one for toys. I'm really pleased with it and it looks great in our living room, which has a lot of turquoise, red and orange in it.
Here it is below with some other new additions to our house - a gorgeous sewing box which my hubby bought for me from our friends website - Thriftola. And a stool I got reupholstered by the chair man in Walthamstow, who used to be based in Wood Street but is now in the back of Penny Fielding's shop in Orford Road (I realise this is only of interest to anyone local to the area but it's always nice to recommend local businesses).