I’m sure there are a lot of other people in the same predicament as me right now. You live in a flat with hardly any storage space, it’s summer, you no longer need a bulky winter duvet* but you have nowhere to put it if it’s not on your bed. Sure you can stuff it in a bag and shove it in your wardrobe (with the other bags of stuff that sit in the bottom of the wardrobe crumpling your maxi dresses) or you could use one of those vacuum bags that last for about 10 minutes before sneaking up on you again like a big creepy marshmallow.
A thumb tack
3. Cut out your pieces about an inch from the chalk line so your fabric is slightly larger than you need it to be.
6. Pin the long top edge of the rectangle around the edge of the top circle. Remember to do this inside-out and be careful to take note of the edge of the trimmings if you’ve done them. Sew around this edge to form a cylinder shape.
7. Now sew down the side seam to close off the walls of the pouf.
8. To make the bottom panel: Fold the straight edge of each part-circle to form a hem and sew.
9. Overlap the part-circle pieces to form one full circle and pin them together.
10. Pin the edge to the edge of the bottom of the pouf walls and sew around it. Now you can unpin the part circles and turn it inside out and your pouf is almost complete.
11. To finish it off, make a loop of fabric and sew it to the middle of the outer flap. Sew a button to the other flap so the duvet doesn’t try to bust out of the gap and the pouf will hold it’s shape.
12. Stuff in the duvet and put your feet up!
* Doona, to folks reading this in my native tongue
** Just a side note to Mrs Lee, my high school maths teacher: I hate to say it, but you were right, this is useful, but it’s also the first time I have had to use this since high school.
Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child