Learn how to make a sturdy and cozy pool noodle ottoman using Dollar Tree pool noodles!
Well, today I had a eureka moment. Why not make an ottoman – a pool noodle pouf of sorts?
I had quite a few leftover pool noodles from the summer season and I bought a few more for this DIY. I could have made the ottoman smaller but I tend to go full-in on my projects!
I also had this fabulous faux fur in my fabric stash and I’ve been wanting to make something awesome with it but I only had one yard to work with (measuring 58 inches long x 36 inches wide). Thankfully it was just enough fabric to make my ottoman. If you have an old fleece throw that would work great too.
This DIY ottoman is great for a kid’s room, as an extra seat in the living room or just to prop your feet on at the end of a long day. I do have to tell you that packing tape makes a little scrunchy noise when you sit on it but we love this cozy ottoman. Read more to learn how to make one.
- 1-yard faux fur, a fleece throw (or fabric you choose about 58″x 36″)
- 15-20 Pool noodles (I used 20 from the Dollar Store)
- Upholstery Batting (30-inches x 10-feet)
- Clear packing tape
- Hot glue
- A measuring tape/ruler
- A precision knife
- Sewing machine
How to Make a Pool Noodle Ottoman
STEP 1: Cut the Pool Noodles
Use scissors to cut pool noodles to about 15 inches in length. I was able to get three 15-inch pieces from one Dollar Tree pool noodle.
Note: If you’re making a pouf for a small child’s reading nook or toddler’s room, you might want to cut the pool noodles shorter. This will also cut down on the number needed!
STEP 2: Form the Base
Use packing tape to tape a cluster of 6 or 7 pool noodles together. I used a shoelace to hold them together just to get started and taped the sides at the top, middle, and bottom.
Repeat the process and tape two or three noodles at a time to build up your ottoman to a nice round shape.
STEP 3: Add Upholstery Batting
Hot glue cushiony wrap (upholstery batting) around the pouf and on the top. Here, I folded the batting in half to make two layers for the sides and hot-glued both layers together before gluing them to the sides.
I also added two layers of batting to the top. If you have extra batting, add more to the top. You can’t have too much cushion there!
STEP 4: Cut And Sew The Faux Fur Cover
Tips For Cutting And Sewing Faux Fur:
- Cut your fur fabric using the shape of your pouf as a guide. Leave a two-inch seam allowance and 3 or more inches extra in length so the fur can tuck underneath the bottom. See the picture below.
- Make sure the grain of the fur on the sides goes downward, toward the floor.
- Work with your fabric’s wrong sides together when sewing. I only had one yard of fur fabric so I had to cut two pieces for the side (which meant two side seams). I sewed the side pieces together first, then I sewed on the top.
- I didn’t use a special presser foot. I use my sewing machine’s standard presser foot and just set it to a wide stitch.
- You can use pins and clips to hold your fabric pieces together but found it easier just to sew slowly making sure I was sewing through both layers of fabric as I went.
- Faux fur is messy! To minimize the mess I recommend shaking each piece outside and even cutting outside if you can.
Photo of the Bottom of My Ottoman
I had planned to use canvas fabric to cover the bottom but in the end, I found that I really didn’t need to. The fabric was stretchy and fit much like a slipcover and naturally tucked under the bottom of the pouf.
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