How to Make a DIY Pouf using Pool Noodles

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I made this DIY Pouf using Pool Noodles as my base. It was fairly easy to do and I love how it came out!

I’ve been wanting to use this fabulous faux fur I bought a little over a year ago. Yes, a year ago. I tend to buy craft supplies and fabric with no real craft in mind… does anyone else do this?

Well, today I had a eureka moment. Why not make an ottoman – a pool noodle pouf?

It took me a while to figure out how to make it all work but it’s finished!

If you have some awesome faux fur (cozy fabric or even an old fleece throw) and need a great way to use it, check out the how-to’s below!

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Faux fur (fabric you choose)
  • Pool noodles (I used 20 from the Dollar Store)
  • Cushion wrap (30-inches x 10-feet)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Hot glue
  • A measuring tape/ruler
  • Scissors
  • A precision knife
  • Sewing machine

How I Sewed the Faux Fur Top:

  • I used my machines standard presser foot and set it to a wide stitch.
  • I tried to use pins and clips to hold my pieces together but found it easiest just to sew slowly making sure I was sewing through both layers as I went.
  • Faux fur is messy! To minimize the mess I recommend shaking each piece outside after cutting.
  • More direction below in STEP 5 of this post.

How to Make a DIY Pouf using Pool Noodles

STEP 1: Cut pool noodles to about 15-inches in length. I was able to get three 15-inch pieces from one pool noodle.


STEP 2: Start by using packing tape to tape a cluster of 6 pool noodles together. Tape at the top, middle and bottom. I used a shoe lace to hold them together just to get started.
Starting to build the base.

STEP 2: Start by using packing tape to tape a cluster of 6 pool noodles together.I used a shoe lace to hold them together just to get started.

STEP 3: Tape another couple of pool noodles to the sides. Tape again along the top, bottom and middle. Repeat the process until your pouf is the size and shape you want.
In the process of taping and rounding out the base.

STEP 3: Tape another couple of pool noodles to the sides. Tape again along the top, bottom and middle. Repeat the process until your pouf is the size and shape you want.

STEP 4: Hot glue cushion wrap around the pouf and on the top. I folded the cushion wrap to make two layers for the sides (hot gluing both layers together first then to the pool noodle side) and I used two layers for the top just to make it more cushy.
Cat approved!

STEP 4: Hot glue cushion wrap around the pouf and on the top. I folded the cushion wrap to make two layers for the sides (hot gluing both layers together first then to the sides of my pouf) and I hot glued two layers to the top to make it more cushy.


I did have to hot glue a couple of pieces together for the top but the 10-feet x 30-inch roll was just enough. Don’t worry how it looks as long as it feels padded evenly.

STEP 5: Cut your fur fabric using the shape of your pouf as a guide. Leave at least an inch seam allowance. Make sure the grain of the fur on the sides goes downward towards the floor. Leave about 3 inches extra in length on the sides so the fur can be sewn and tucked under the bottom.

STEP 6: Sew the sides and round top together. Then sew a seam along the bottom to finish if needed.

A SIDE NOTE: I had planned to use canvas fabric to cover the bottom but found I really didn’t need it. The fabric fits much like a tight slip cover and naturally tucked under the bottom of the pouf.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Meredith

    Do you think a child would be able to sit on this? Trying to come up with some creative flexible seating for my 3rd grade classroom. Thanks!

    1. Dawn Stewart

      Hi Meredith! Yes, we sit on it all the time and it’s quite sturdy. It’s a good DIY if you have a bunch of pool noodles at the end of summer.

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