Beginners Corner - How to Make a Miniature Pouffe for your Doll House

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27 December 2011
imports_HAC_aselectionusingdiffere_86293.jpg A selection using different fabrics and trimmings
Christine Orchard of Little Trimmings shows you how to make this pretty little 1/12th scale miniature poofe for your dolls house. Vary the use of fabric and braids to produce a stool from almost any era from Victorian to the present day. ...
Beginners Corner - How to Make a Miniature Pouffe for your Doll House Images

Materials Required

  • Cardboard circle 37mm diameter
  • Cardboard circle 38mm diameter
  • Section of card tube 38mm diameter and 25mm tall
  • Thin foam
  • Wadding
  • Canvas
  • Fabric of choice
  • Braid of choice
  • Tacky Glue
  • Double Sided Sticky tape
  • Sharp scissors





  • Glue the 38mm board circle to one end of the tube section.
  • Cut a strip of fabric 45mm wide and 140mm long.
  • Turn and glue a hem of 4mm on one end.


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  • Wrap the fabric centrally around the tube.
  • Use double sided sticky tape to secure the unhemmed end in place.
  • Use tackly glue sparinginly to secure the hemmed edge over the top of the raw edge.



  • Use sharp scissors to cut little 'v' shapes out top and bottom
  • On the card base, neatly glue the tabs down.
  • On the top, glue the tabs to the inside edge of the tube.



  • Use the 37mm board circle as a template
  • Draw round it onto the canvas
  • Cut out the circle.
  • Glue to the base of the pouffe covering the little glued down tabs.



  • Cut a circle of wadding about 5mm larger all round than the remaining board circle.
  • Add a piece of double sided sticky tape to the centre of the board circle.
  • Press this onto the foam.
  • Trim the foam to the same size as the board circle.



  • Cut out a circle of fabric about 65mm diameter.
  • Sew a row of tiny running stitches with double thread around the circle 5mm in from the edge.
  • Lay the fabric face down and put the wadding circle in the centre.
  • Put the foam centrally on top with the board uppermost.
  • Place your finger in the centre of the board to hold everything in place.
  • Smear glue around the edge of the board circle.
  • Pull up the running stiches quite tight and tie off.



  • Gently even out the gathers and press onto the glue.
  • Now glue the seat part to the top of the base and press firmly together.



  • When dry, trim the join with braid.
  • Add a fringe or frill to the bottom.
  • The last photo here shows a selection made with different fabrics and trims.



Christine Orchard of Little Trimmings sells a basic kit at £1.95 plus p&p. Please visit her website at for more information (you will have to copy and paste this web address into your browser.

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