Indian Poufs, Ottomans & Footstools!

April 29, 2009

I’m so excited to finally finish my latest batch of footstools! Poor Thomas has lived with my piles of cotton for too long.

Colorful patchwork poufs – footstools – moodas – purchased on my last trip to India from villages in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Both areas are known for beautiful embroidered saris/kurtas as well as the famous use of patchwork piecing from vintage saris and textiles.

Some of the poufs are machine-made, but most are handmade; all pieced together from handmade textiles/saris. The sizes range from 14” to 19” diameters and up to 19” tall.

I’ve filled these with recycled cotton – literally. It seemed I searched for stuffing options for months until I finally caved in to shredding cotton myself. What a chore! Thrift stores and hand-me-downs have provided an endless supply of cotton t-shirts and sweats, which I washed in hot water then manually shredded. In order to achieve a dense, heavy weight, I’ve filled with these remnants allowing the pouf to be firm enough to be used as a seat, ottoman or possibly a table. Now all I need is a pad big enough to keep 'em all.


  1. Ooohhh i love them! I wish i have bought these in my last trip to India... next time!


  2. These look terrific! Really appreciate how you shared what you stuff them with. Glad to have found your blog. Michele

  3. I found your blog because I am searching for pouf just like these! Do you sell them?
    I love your blog and interior design inspiration pics on flickr!

  4. I love your website. I think you and I were separated at birth! I have a shop in Richmond VA ( I have three poufs just like the one in the picture that mentions 1000 markets. My price is $225 for the very large and $165 for the smaller. You will need to call me re shipping. Thanks so much for your consideration.


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