Just over a year ago, Heather Lou of Closet Case Files published her wonderful scrap-busting pouffe project
I immediately decided this was to be an essential make…and then stalled. I printed off the pattern TWICE and lost it, saved scraps religiously ALL YEAR [a huge bin bag full] and still nearly didn’t get it done for ma and pa’s Xmas pressie.
Finally, a couple of days before Xmas [literally] I got my arse in gear, hunted out some similarly-weighted-and-coloured remnants, and set to. [After printing the pattern off yet again of course]
And here it is.
Utterly simple, a very fast sew. I chose to use piping on the top edges only, found a metal zip in stash, covered up the slight tattiness at the centre of the circle with a nice ‘wooden’ button from stash…then spent HOURS stuffing the bloody thing. Every scrap of the entire binbag went into this- I used a remnant from the panto shirt making for the drawstring inner bag, and then snipped and stuffed and snipped and stuffed and snipped and stuffed and snipped and stuffed and snipped and stuffed…you get the picture
I actually had a huge blister on my finger the next day and it took me ages to realise it was form all the remnant snipping!
Anyway, it weighs a TON, was a bitch to wrap, but they got their pressie. The missus wants me to make some for us [but not to stuff them with a shit ton of scrap fabrics maybe]
I may scale it down a little, as it is ENORMOUS
beige wool twill remnant from steampunk jodhpurs
green herringbone wool remnant from steampunk jacket
beige clock fabric from steampunk skirt
green cotton velvet for the piping, steampunk riding jacket [are you seeing a theme here?]
brown wool suiting from somewhere or other, no clue
gorgeous tiny remnant of brown/gold brocade from the bin at Barry’s a couple of years ago- too small to make ANYTHING
gold glazed cotton from the wife’s ‘Ziggi’ jacket for the base [so it will slide across the floor to where they want it!]
I think they go together quite nicely, don’t you?
It could almost certainly have done with being more firmly stuffed, but life’s too short! Next one will get a combo filling, some scraps, some ‘proper’ stuffing’. The old folks seem to like it- after all, what DO you gift someone who’s 82? And who will be celebrating their DIAMOND WEDDING in a week’s time?