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!