Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free PDF Pattern | Log Slice Pouf | by Swoodson Says

We're thrilled to welcome back Stephanie of Swoodson Says.  Today Stephanie is sharing her log slice pouf tutorial with us, using our Circa 52 collection by Monaluna.  Isn't this project just so darling?  These little tree stumps wood look great in a child's reading corner, or even slid underneath your coffee table for extra toddler seating.  Have a look, and enjoy!


Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again. I am so excited to share this log slice pouf project with you, it is the perfect complement to the prints in the Circa 52 collection.



I love trees, faux bois, and woodland themes for decorating - this collection ticks all those boxes! You could use them for pretend play, as stepping stones, as mini poufs, or skip the heavier filling and fusible fleece and use them as throw pillows. My son is two and he took one look at them, grabbed a book, and plopped down without any prompting, so it has the toddler seal of approval!



I made two poufs, one with a squirrel applique and one with hand-stitched "tree rings". The squirrel applique template is included in the pattern but I just free-handed the tree rings. You can use a removable marking pen or chalk to sketch your lines out first if you'd prefer! Ready to make some for yourself?

Supplies (for both poufs):
  • Squirrel applique template & circle pattern file
  • 1/4 yard of Birch Organics Mod Basics in Solid Orange
  • 1 yard of Birch Organics Mod Basics in Shroom
  • 1/4 yard of Birch Organics Circa 52 in Tree Stripes Shroom
  • 1/4 yard of Birch Organics Mod Basics in Woodland Friends
  • 1/4 yard of Wonder Under of other paper-backed fusible transfer paper (for squirrel applique)
  • 1.5 yards of fusible fleece
  • Embroidery needle & floss (DMC 740/orange & DMC 644/brown used here)
  • 1 32 oz bag of Poly-Fil stuffing & fabric scraps to add weight
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thread, scissors, iron
Steps (for making both poufs): [1/4 seam allowance used throughout]



1. Cut your circles. Fold your fabric in half, and then in half again, aligning the 'fold' lines with each fold and only cut along the curved edge. When you unfold, you should be left with a perfect circle! Cut 4 of your solid fabric and 4 of fusible fleece. 2. I recommend adhering the fusible fleece to all 4 circles before embellishing; it is a little tougher to get your needle through but the added heft will prevent any warping or puckering. Put the glue side down on the wrong side of the fabric and press.



3. Prepare your applique: Trace the squirrel on to the smooth side of the transfer paper and roughly cut around it. Press with an iron, with the bumpy side down on the wrong side of the fabric. Once it has cooled, trim exactly around the tracing, peel the paper off, position adhesive side down on the circle's right side, and press again to adhere. Hand or machine stitch around the edges. If you anticipate needing to wash it frequently, I'd recommend a tight zig zag to prevent fraying. On your other circle, hand-stitch the tree rings.



4. Cut your fabric rectangles, 7" X 42.5" and 6"X 42.5". Cut one of each size from the fusible fleece, trimming 1/8 inch roughly off each edge so there isn't any overhang. Adhere your fusible fleece rectangles to your main fabric rectangles; put the glue side down on the wrong side of the fabric and press. Fold, right sides in, and sew the short ends together. Press the seam open.



5. Place your top/embellished circle right sides together (make sure that print will be facing up when the top is up!) with your new edge circle and sew, making sure to keep fabric fed evenly. If you are not confident sewing in the round as you go, you can use pins or clips to mark each quarter of the circles and make sure they stay matched up as you sew. Finger press this seam open as best you can.

6. Repeat the same steps with the bottom circle, leaving a 4" opening for turning right side out and making sure to back-stitch and secure at the beginning and end of the opening. Turn right side out carefully, trying not to strain the opening. 7. Stuff! I use a blend of Poly-fil and fabric scraps, trying to keep the Poly-fil around the sides and bottom to keep it smooth and stuffing fabric scraps in the middle and then adding a layer of Poly-fil on the top again. This gives it more weight and makes it less pillow-like, while keeping scraps out of the trash.



8. Use a ladder stitch to close the opening. Fluff and enjoy!



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Thank you Stephanie for sharing your lovely project with us!


29 comments:

  1. That is SOOOO cute. My granddaughters would love to find one of these under the coffee table to sit (or stand) on. Thank you so much for the free pattern.

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  2. I've just made this! Thank you SO much for the great tutorial. I've put a butterfly on the top of mine to match my daughter's bedroom. She loves it!!

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  4. Do the fabrics need to be a heavier weight like home décor weight or would regular cottons work?

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  5. ❤❤❤-Danke.

    Greetings from Germany,
    Klaudia

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  6. I love your pouf design, the tree rings give it a really nice touch! Thanks for sharing this tutorial :)
    I put a link to your post on my blog, you can see it here: Log Slice Pouf

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  8. Do you my any chance know where I can these fabrics. The colors and designs are perfect for the upcoming room makeovers for my kids but I am not a wholesale seller. Thank's in advance and LOVE THE POUF...

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  9. This is super duper cute! I love those rings, like they're sitting on a tree stump. Such a fun idea and perfect size.

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  11. Just finished this, it's so cute! I found that my circle and the rectangles didn't meet completely so I had to add a piece to the side. I would say when stitching the edges together to have the straight edge on top instead of the circle, it's easier to have a rounder stitch. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  12. Super inspired! Keep up the awesomeness! :)

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  13. Hi, I'm trying to make this for one of my grandsons and the PDF will not download. Has anyone else had a problem with the download?

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  15. Hi! What stitch did you use for the tree rings? Thanks!

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  16. Im a little confused about cutting the rectangles. Isnt one 1" shorter than the other? It doesnt look this way in the picture but if one is cut at 7" and the ither @ 6", they wont be the same height.

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    1. If you look at the picture where her cute son is reading one is shorter than the other. Hope this helps

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    2. If you look at the picture where her cute son is reading one is shorter than the other. Hope this helps

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  17. This would be so cute in our little kids church classroom!

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  18. Gracias,gracias por su idea! Llevo tiempo pensando cómo hacer un puf.
    Un trabajo muy bonito y práctico. Un saludo.

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  19. Gracias,gracias por su idea! Llevo tiempo pensando cómo hacer un puf.
    Un trabajo muy bonito y práctico. Un saludo.

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  21. Thank you for the pattern...I made these for my future grandson and a quilt that matches...they turned out perfect!

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  22. Thanx, this is very Informational Post to Read now I am Waiting for your next post!
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  23. Hi, Stephanie. I just discovered your tree log pattern, and I love it! But what size is/are the circles? Thanks.

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  25. Cute! How big are the topp/bottom circles. Maybe I'm misunderstanding but I only see instruction to cut one.

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