Sunday, August 25, 2013

Home decorating Projects for a teen girls room or dorm room

In a blog a long time ago I discussed how to do a bean bag pillow. I did not know about pouf pillows.  Maybe because I do not have any girls’; but, I found these great projects to do for a girl’s room and though it would also make a great addition to a girl’s dorm room.  However, there last two project do require previous sewing experience. i.e. Not for beginners.

Enormous Pouf Seat

Materials:  2 1/4 yards of fabric. Scissors, a yard stick, a marking pen, a sewing machine and stuff to fill it.

First, cut six pieces of fabric 24 inches by 24 inches.  We’re going to sew together 4 piece end to end and then sew up the ends so you have a four sided loop. Start by sewing the first four pieces. Sew them together end to end to end to end and then sew together the ends.  You’re going to use a 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around.  Next, we’re going to put on the ends. Start in one corner, giving it a 1/4 inch overlap, so that the pieces line up properly. Start 1/4 inch in from the corner, because as you sew all the way around you’ll need that extra allowance for the last side. Sew it along the line until you get to 1/4 inch from the end. Leave your needle in the fabric and lift the foot to set up for the next move.  Turn the fabric so that the next side of the cube is in line to be sewn down.  Pull the fabric out for the last edge you just sewed so that the fabric will make a turn to line up with the next side. Sew it all the way around, making each turn and sealing up in the last corner.

Repeat the steps with the other end, but leave a few inches open in the last seam on one end so you can stuff your pouf.  It’s takes a LOT of stuffing  The pillow show in the picture used 4 odd king size blankets, 2 full size comforters, tons of scrap fabric and about 8 abandoned floor pillows and used quilt batting all the way around each side to help even it all out and not be lumpy.
After it’s as full as you’d like, use a needle and thread and sew it up by hand.

Again!  This next project does require some background in sewing!

Dollar Store Recycled Rug Poufs

Materials: 3 nylon throw rugs Acrylic yarn Crochet hook Sewing machine & thread Stuffing

Sew the rugs together: Sew two rugs, right side together, along the fringed side. Make sure they are sewn securely. Add the third rug to the other side of one of the rugs, sewing right sides together along the fringed side. Make sure the seams are all on the same side of your long rug. Sew the two ends of the two outside rugs together, sewing right sides together along the fringed side. You now have a tube. It's a very short tube with very large openings.
Crochet/gather the top of the tube: Using a medium-large crochet hook and regular acrylic yarn, insert hook in top edge of rug tube and slip stitch around the top of the tube, with a stitch about every half inch. On your second row, decrease by the following method: Draw up a loop in next stitch. Again, draw up a loop in the next stitch. (There should now be 3 loops on the hook.) Yarn over hook. Draw yarn through all 3 loops on the hook. (One decrease made). Draw string as tight as possible between each decrease stitch. Continue around the rug until it's gathered all up. This might take four or five rows around.
If you don't crochet: Use yarn and a large plastic needle to weave in and out of the edge of the tube, drawing as tightly as possible. Cut a cover for the puckered area out of complimentary-colored circle of felt, wool felt, or a felted sweater and sew over pucker. Gather the bottom of the tube:
You can gather the bottom of the pouf in the same way as above, but stuff the pouf before the hole gets too small. I actually created a drawstring effect on the bottom of my pouf so I could stuff and unstuff it at will. Instead of gathering all the way to the center of the circle, I left it open and threaded a string through the edges so you could tie it closed.
Stuffing the pouf: For the sample, this was stuffed it with a large fleece blanket and towels, but you can buy a body pillow and use the stuffing inside it for a cheap alternative to fiberfill. Or stuff it with recycled packing peanuts, or your large collection of plastic grocery sacks (if you don't mind the plastic crinkly sound effect!)  

Pouf Pillow

Materials:  Approximately 2 1/4 yards of fabric, crazy sequin trim or Pom Pom Fringe, or beaded ribbon, or piping, Pins, matching thread, sewing machine, and stuffing

Wash & cut your fabric. The measurements of your cuts you can be copied (to make a 1 foot diameter circle) or you can use some geometry. 
Start with two circles 1/2″ larger than your desired finished pillow size.  12″ pillow cut two 12.5″ diameter circles:  For the side of your pouf, you’ll need to calculate the circumference of your circle.  So take the diameter of your circle and multiply it by Pi.  In this case 12 X 3.14 = 37.68; we want a little overlap for stuffing; this one used a round up to 40.  You need a piece that will be 40″ long AFTER it is ruffled, so we actually want a piece 80″ long and 8″ thick.   Then sew two 40″ pieces together along one short side to get an 80″ piece.
Sew a basting stitch all the way along each long side of your strip.  Pull the bobbin thread and gently start ruffling.
Ruffle both sides.  Try not to break your thread.  Keep ruffling until your piece is about 3″ longer than the circumference of your circle (so 43″ in this case): Once it’s all ruffled, fold each of the short edges over 1/4″ and iron, then another 1/4″ and iron, and sew in place.
Now take a circle and lay it right side up to create the top of your DIY pouf.  Pin your trim along the edge with the trim on the inside.
Sew it on with a basting stitch along the inside edge.
Now take your side piece, right side down (so right sides are facing) and pin it to the edge of your circle.  Make sure all the ruffle edges are facing outwards so they don’t get sewn in and show up on the front.  Overlap the beginning and end of the ruffle piece by about 3″ (this will be where you stuff the pillow).
Turn your piece over so you can see the basting line of your trim (you are looking at the bottom of your circle now).
Sew in place with a regular length stitch just inside the basting stitch all the way around.  Turn it over. 

Lay your other circle right side up and turn your pillow inside out.  Pin the other side of the ruffled side piece around the other circle right sides facing, making sure all the ruffles edges are facing outwards and overlapping the ends like before.
Sew that in place.  Then you can trim the seams with pinking shears or serge.
Time to stuff with some inexpensive Polyfill where the ruffled edges overlap you can pull them apart and stuff your pillow.  Hand Sew closed if you like or machine sew it closed.  I prefer to hand sew.

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