1.15.2016

crocheted rag rug pouf

Behold the ottoman, one of the cutest pieces of furniture you could ever own!



Someday I will have one nestled in our living room, acting as a secret place of storage and a fun place to sit.  Because we must be practical with our furniture dreams.  ;-)  The other night I joked about having an ottoman empire in our living room.  My husband rolled his eyes at my corniness.

A close cousin of the ottoman is the pouf.



With the possibility of being squishier than a traditional ottoman, this sophisticated beanbag can offer the comfort of a pillow but still has the function of an ottoman.  The only problem I saw with poufs was the lack of practicality.  It's hard to justify buying a frivolous piece of furniture if it doesn't possess some multipurpose qualities. 

Recently I came across this pattern for a crocheted pouf that you can stuff with blankets.  My problem was solved!  There are several different things you can use to stuff a pouf, but I didn't really want to buy a whole bunch of something just to stuff in a fun little seat.  That would be much too expensive.  This blanket stuffing idea was perfect!  It was already a struggle to not have bedding fall out of our hall closet every time I needed to change the sheets.



I've been dying to crochet with fabric again ever since I made this rug last year.  Crocheting with fabric is really fun and you can see progress in your projects a lot faster since the stitches are so big.  Unlike my rug project, I actually kept track of what I did this time and wrote down a pattern for y'all!  :)  You can change things around however you like.  My fabric strips were about 1 1/2 inches wide and I have no idea what size my giant crochet hook is.  It was the biggest one I could find at Hobby Lobby.  Using a safety pin to keep track of the starting point for your rounds is very handy and will help you make your increases correctly.  Your pouf will have a hexagon shape to it as you start but it will round out later on.



Crocheted Rag Rug Pouf

Row 1.  6 SC in Magic Ring
Row 2.  2 SC in each stitch around
Row 3.  (1 SC in next stitch, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 4.  (1 SC in next two stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 5.  (1 SC in next three stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 6.  (1 SC in next four stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 7.  (1 SC in next five stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 8.  (1 SC in next six stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 9.  (1 SC in next seven stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 10.  (1 SC in next eight stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 11.  (1 SC in next nine stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 12.  (1 SC in next ten stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around
Row 13.  (1 SC in next eleven stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around

*You can continue increasing if you want your pouf to be bigger around or can you stop increasing earlier on if you want it to be smaller.*

From here I did 1 SC in each stitch around for the next 22 rows.  This determines how tall your pouf will be.  However, you will lose a bit of height when you gather up the bottom after it is stuffed, so you may want to add more rows than you think you'll need.  Go ahead and stuff it and gather up the bottom without fastening off when you think it's tall enough to see if you need to add some more rows.



Once your pouf is tall enough use some twine or yarn (I found some sturdy ribbon) and weave it through the stitches of your last row.  You don't need to thread it through every single stitch.  I put it through every three or four stitches and that worked just fine.  No one is going to see the bottom of the pouf and you just need to be able to pull it tightly like a drawstring.



My pouf ended up measuring about 14 inches tall, 57 inches around, and I was able to fit two big quilts inside.  (It actually feels like it could take a bit more stuffing.)  Once you have filled your pouf with blankets (or even pillows!) tighten your drawstring, tie it off with a bow, and tuck the extra string into your pouf.  

I am really thrilled with how my fun project turned out and we've been happily using it as a footstool while lounging on the couch.  My husband even begrudgingly admitted that he thought it was cute.  He can be a bit of a curmudgeon sometimes like his father.  ;-)