Options for Re-Covering a Leather Pouf

Options for Re-Covering a Leather Pouf

If it isn’t obvious from my many re-use projects, I’m a waste-not-want-not kind of person. Getting rid of anything without at least considering how I could upcycle or re-make it is pretty impossible for me (sorry, Marie Kondo!). So even though I haven’t had a good spot in my house for this scratched-up Moroccan leather pouf for years, I’ve held onto it. And now I finally have the perfect room for it. Hoarding rewarded! But I need to figure out how to re-cover it. Here’s what I have in mind.

Scratched-up Moroccan leather pouf I'm going to re-cover

Of course what room I’ll be using the pouf in plays a big part in how it needs to look when it’s re-covered. So the room I’ll be putting it in is our future nursery. I’ve been working on getting it ready, but so far I’ve kept it all under wraps, because I want to reveal it as part of the One Room Challenge. That’s in April, though, which is the same month I’m due, so I’m doing everything ahead of time. Consider this a sneak-peek.

Scratched-up Moroccan leather pouf I'm going to re-cover

Though I’ve decided to re-cover my leather pouf, another option might be to just dye the leather. The reason I decided against that is because I think my jerk cat would just scratch it up again. It’s actually one of the only pieces of furniture either of our two cats has ever really scratched up. Not because they’re perfect angels, but mainly because we’ve been pretty strategic about our furniture fabric choices. Unfortunately, Adventurous has decided that this leather pouf is great to scratch, and I caught her scratching it up again just last night. If you just want to change the color of your leather pouf, though, I think leather dye would be a great option.

Option 1: Rug-covered poufs

Aren’t these vintage rug-covered poufs from Reserve Home dreamy?

These shag-covered poufs look like they’d feel so good on bare feet. They were from Anthropologie, but they’re no longer available.

This one, available here, is a more toned-down version.

This one channels the look, too.

I love the look of vintage-rug-covered poufs, but I don’t know how I would source my own affordable vintage rug. Plus I’m not sure I’d have the guts to cut one up, and finding one to go with the existing rug would be extra tricky. I’ve been looking for new rugs, but even those are scarce. So while this might not be a realistic option for me, the examples are so pretty that I wanted to include them.

Option 2: Luxurious Fabric

Fluffy faux fur or silky velvet would be luxurious options that would probably be pretty easy to sew a cover out of.

Faux fur pouf available here.

Velvet ottomans from here.

Oversized fur ottoman available here.

Pleated velvet ottoman from here.

But I fear faux fur or velvet would be impractical for a baby, plus I’m just looking for something with a bit more going on pattern-wise.

Option 3: Knit

I think I first spotted these chunky knit poufs a few months ago when I was doing a round-up of chunky knit blankets. But I immediately wanted one.

Chunky knit poufs available here.

Extreme pouf knitting pattern available here.

Chunky knit poufs from here.

Arm-knit floor pouf pattern available here.

All of the versions of this look I’ve found are hand-knit, so it looks like the perfect opportunity for a DIY project. This is definitely the option I’m leaning towards.

What do you think? What would you do?

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