Filling a Moroccan Pouffe - Hauslife

Filling a Moroccan Pouffe

The archetypal product of the Moroccan medina, the pouffe is a tangible piece of artistry and tradition. Did you know that each one takes two full days to make? One for the cutting of all the pieces, which are then sewn together, and the second for all the delicate embroidery work. This doesn't even include the hand-tanning of the leather in traditional vats. 

Filling a pouffe is very easy - it can be filled with almost anything you have to hand, polystyrene balls, scrunched up newspapers and plastic bags, or old clothing and fabrics such as sheets - just make sure to tear into strips so you can maintain that classic round shape. It is an eco-friendly way to use up materials you may have stored at home for recycling. Alternatively, your local furniture upholsterer should be able to supply suitable stuffing materials.

Please be aware, the type of filling will affect usage - scrunched paper or styrofoam balls are only really recommended if you want to use it as a decor piece of footrest. If you want to be able to sit on it, you'll need to opt for coir, fabric or, as we do in the shop, recycled upholstery foam. 

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Make sure the material you are using is clean and dry.
2. Unzip the pouffe and open it out to its full shape.
3. Start by gradually filling the edges of your pouffe to ensure that all the small spaces are fully stuffed. This will prevent air spaces forming in your finished pouffe. This is what keeps it looking nice and round. 
4. Continue to add stuffing evenly ensuring the sides and seams are filled out.
5. Please avoid over-filling your pouffe as this could put a strain on the zip when closing, but over time as your pouffe beds down it can be topped up with more filling.

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