DIY Leather Pouf & Giveaway with the Leather Hide Store

*This post is in partnership with The Leather Hide Store, all opinions are my own 

For those of you who have been reading for a while probably remember the favored West Elm pouf hack.  Well, I sorta brought this tutorial back today, but revamped for my current needs: an ottoman for our nursery!

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

I feel so honored to have been contacted by the Leather Hide Store to sample a remnant of their leather.  I have ALWAYS wanted a leather pouf, either a morrocan or a vintage classic, and when putting together our nursery I knew a leather pouf was in order.

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes


The Leather Hide Store sent me a few swatches of leather (I was extremely indecisive at first, they have so many incredible options to choose from!)  My first instinct was to play it safe and get something cream or white, but I decided to challenge myself and go brown (gasp! right? so edgy, I know). I chose Golden Saddle, which as you can see looks rich and vintage in the photo above (less like the image on the website – I recommend ordering swatches!).

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes


One thing you’ll notice is the seam down the front side of the pouf.  I actually did this intentionally as I wanted the pouf to feel vintage and pieced together.  My pouf measures 18″ W 16″ H 18″ D, and sewing it together was actually the easiest thing, luckily Santa brought me a new sewing machine this year, sewing through two layers of leather couldn’t have been smoother.  My old machine would have choked…

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

I first attached all 4 side pieces, creating one long rectangle.  Then, I attached the top and bottom, which left me with one edge completely open.  I reinforced the corners of this open edge by sewing down about an inch top and bottom, then turned the pouf inside out.  I stuffed the pouf with 4″ high density upholstery foam (2 layers for the center) and surrounded the foam with Poly-fill, just like I did in this post. Once the pouf was completely stuffed, I hand stitched the edge closed.

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes


Over all I am quite impressed with the leather quality the Leather Hide Store has to offer.  Their remnants are priced super well (and are actually on sale right now!).  But maybe a remnant is too small for your project? Check out their upholstery leather section for a greater variety of options.

I’m pretty stoked to be able to offer this giveaway today! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below.  Open to US Residents only, each reader has 4 chances to enter.  Good luck!

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  • Caroline Calcote

    I love the indigo colored hide! Now I’m dreaming of covering my dining chair seats with blue leather 🙂

    • brittanymakes

      that would look seriously amazing!

  • Elizabeth Rice

    Durango DK Gold looks so lucious!

    • brittanymakes

      ohh i agree!

  • Desaree Martin

    I like the Dakota Saddle.

    • brittanymakes

      great choice!

  • sarah m dorsey

    I want to make one!! Love the vintage look of the leather!

  • Cassie Bustamante

    LOVE it, brittany! great choice on the leather!!

  • Gretchen Gilmore

    Hi! I love the western distress mix lot. It would go perfect with my home decor.

  • Looks so great, Brittany! And I love how the nursery is coming along. Can’t wait to see more!

    • brittanymakes

      thanks Gwen!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    I love what I can see of your nursery. The ottoman is perfect!!!!

    • brittanymakes

      Thanks! now I just need to finish the other half 😉

  • love how it turned out, looks great!

    • brittanymakes

      Thanks Bethany!

  • DHernandez

    Congrats on your lovely new home Brittany! I love the ottoman, which brings me to my question… Which model of Janome did Santa bring to you? I have been on the hunt for a machine (I don’t own one) and since I can’t make up my mind I haven’t bought one! and my projects are backing up. Thank you for the info. =)

  • thediynurse

    I love the caramel tones you used in your nursery. I’ve been wanting one as well although I claim we would need more since the cats would claim them in no time!

    • brittanymakes

      Thanks! Maybe make one giant one for all your kitties 😛


    Love your leather pouf! And thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  • That looks so great Brittany! You are going to enjoy spending time in there with your little one. Love the hide you selected! xo Kristin

  • Carlotta Lacy

    Would love to win. Your pouf looks awesome

  • Such a great hack! Love the color choice – looks beautiful with the wood tone of the crib. Had to look back at your original hack post with all the different kinds of poufs – so inspiring.

  • Afton Hutson

    soho ostritch!

  • Andrea Rust

    I would pick the “BOSTON MAHOGANY” and I would laser cut it into a beautiful necklace!

  • What a beautiful nursery! And the pouf is just the icing on the cake… well done!!

  • Andrea Rust

    Can’t wait to find out who won!

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  • TulumChica

    I know this is an older post, but could you please tell me about how many square feet of hide are required to make a pouf like yours?

    • brittanyMakes

      you probably need about a yard of hide. The remnant I received was roughly half of a full hide

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  • Where are those two stuffed animals from? Thanks for posting this, I think I’m going to try my hand at making one!

    • brittanymakes

      the wolf is from FluffedAnimals shop on Etsy, the fox is from TidwellHollowFriends also on Etsy

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  • Kelly

    I love your pouf! I would also like to know how you did the visible stitch. Thank you!

    Sorry…I know this is an old post…just ran across this while scrolling images for the Habersham Glider. ? Wonderful nursery!

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  • heather

    I love this and want to try to make 2 for our family room! Can you please tell me how many square feet of leather are needed for your one? I know this was posted a long time ago but I’d love the help:)

    • brittanymakes

      hey Heather, I used a half-hide, i know that prob doesn’t help much, but if a full hide is roughly 5×8, i think a half hide is roughly 2.5×8…

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