Foot rest revival

Last year we bought a pouf (bean bag foot rest) from Target and it was a big hit in our household. We have a small place and needed something to rest our feet on, and it needed to be toddler friendly (no sharp corners). So the foot rest pouf seemed to be the answer.

After only  a few months of blissful foot-resting it became evident that the little foam beads inside the pouf were losing their, shall-we-say, poufiness. It’s not as easy to rest your feet on a limp sack of lumpy fabric. In an attempt to reduce waste and utilize my craft-loving nature, I decided to refill the pouf and bring it back to its original poufiness. It’s pretty easy to refill, so if you have one of these foot rest poufs from Target, this is what you can do to to bring it back to its former glory.

My supplies included:

  • Scissors (probably could have used a seam ripper instead)
  • Bean bag filler ($25/bag)
  • Optional supplies: Thread and needle – I thought I would hand stitch the seams after I finished the project, but in the end it wasn’t needed. However, I added it to the supplies list in case someone wants to rework the seam.

Find the zipper opening. Look for the zipper opening along the bottom edge of the pouf. It’s pretty easy to find, but you’ll quickly see that the zipper pull is tucked under the seam a bit. This is where a pair of scissors or a seam ripper come in play.

Rip the seam. I decided to cut the seam on both ends. I stopped just before the the cross-stitch at the each end of the seam. If you cut or rip across the cross-stitch, then you may have to mend that later (so don’t do that).

If you can cut both ends of the seam (approximately 1 inch on each side) then you can find the zipper pull a little easier. I discovered that there are two layers of zippers, which are situated at opposite directions under the seam opening. So, it will prove to be helpful to rip or cut the seam at both ends.

Pull the zipper. The zippers don’t have pull tabs on them, so you’ll need to create a make-shift pull tab. I slipped the threading needle through the slot where the zipper tab would have been, which made it much easier to pull the zipper. Otherwise, I wasn’t able to move that silly zipper even a milometer. If you don’t want to risk pricking your finger with the threading needle, then I am sure a tooth pick would work fine as well.

After you’ve figured out how to open the zipper, then you’ll see there is one more zipper. Open the second zipper in the same manner. Well done – now have access to the inside of the pouf.

Fill the pouf. Filling the pouf with foam beans proved to be more difficult than I thought it would be.  Granted, I also had a toddler helping me, so I quickly learned that I needed a container to transfer the beans from package to pouf. I ended up using a large measuring cup to pour the beans. It worked just fine. I will add, however that filling the pouf outside was not my brightest idea. Next time I do something with tiny foam beans I will do it inside my house. It was impossible to pick all the foam pieces off the grass. It’s a real mess! Anyway, if you have all the foam balls inside, then you can just sweep them up (I assume). I attempted to fill the pouf as much as I could. And that was that!

Close the zippers. Easy enough, right? In the same manner that you opened them, close them.  I should add that I decided not to rework the seams after I closed the zippers. So, if you do the same, pull the zippers as far across the seam as possible to conceal the zipper pull under the seam’s edge.

All done! In all honesty, I am not sure how many people this post will help , but I was certainly proud of my efforts to beautify without buying a new pouf, however, the beans are a little pricey ($24.00). Next refilling I will probably use our shredder to shred some old newspaper (or junk mail).



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