Shower Pouf Tutorial

February 20, 2015Allison Murray
How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

Sometimes I get super ticked off. Like irrationally and ridiculously pissed off. And normally it’s over the silliest dang things, too. For instance, I had two shower poufs that I paid more money on than I really should have. You know how it is when the salesgirl talks you into something even though you know you could get something similar if not totally the same for far less at Walmart? Well, I totally succumbed and grabbed two.

And then both of the silly things fell apart within days of their first use. Freaking days! When that first one just sort of unraveled in my hand I just looked down like, what just happened here?! And then when the second one went in the same fashion I was PISSED!

I went and got that cheapie one I should have gotten in the first place and it lasted a few weeks but even then I was irritated with the amount of waste I was producing buying one of these things so often. I thought I’d try to make my own and see how that went down. In the end, they aren’t the best that I’ve ever used, but they were fun to make and they do the job. PLUS they last fareeking forever. Score!

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

For this project you will need:

  • Tulle
  • Upholstery thread
  • Needle
  • Polyester cording

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!
So in the name of a good DIY shower pouf I bought one that looked pretty darn good to use as my model for my DIY version.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

So here’s what we have going on… some string is wrapped around the mesh and the cording to be used as a loop to hang up the pouf.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

Take that sucker apart and all you have is a ton of mesh that is accordion folded all the way down from one end to the other. Now, accordion pleating this stuff my hand is pretty much impossible. Trust me, I tried!

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

Instead we’re going to do a basting stitch through the mesh with upholster thread to make our pleats. We’re using upholstery thread because A. it’s super strong and B. because it’s made of nylon that won’t mold.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

Tie one end of the string onto a sturdy item. I’m using a clothespin but you can use just about anything really.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

I worked with tulle off of the roll. It wasn’t the most cost effective and to be honest didn’t make as big of a pouf as I would have liked. I’d really recommend buying tulle by the yard and cutting it into strips.

There isn’t a set amount of inches or yards of tulle that you need to use to make a pouf. Just start running your needle through the mesh in the center every inch or two apart. This is also called a basting stitch. It’s easy to also sort of pleat by hand and run right onto the needle, too.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

And this is why I don’t give you a specific amount of tulle to use… I just made mine until I was happy with the fullness. When you’re happy with yours it’s time to move on…

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!Pull your poof away from your clothespin or whatever you used as a stop and tie the string in a tight knot. Double knot or go over a few times so it is nice and sturdy.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

My polyester cording looked like rope and when I cut it unraveled like crazy! If you have the same problem use fabric glue to bind the ends from fraying.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!
You can also glue them together to make the next step a bit easier. While the glue is still a bit tacky, tie your string that runs through the tulle securely onto your loop.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

Pull the string very tightly and tie into a knot a few times over.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

As you pull the two strings together, the tulle will make a ball shape. Pretty cool, eh?

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

For some really pretty poufs you can also double or triple up the tulle in different colors and stitch just the same!

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!+6

Be warned, cats totally dig ribbons and tulle so if you have a cat craft assistant, they’re totally going to be all up in your business!

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

See that one up front? That’s pink and orange tulle together and I LOVE IT! Oh, and the  green one on the right was my first attempt. I’m only showing it because it is so far from perfect and that’s okay your first few times around. If it doesn’t work out, simply snip the thread holding the ball together and start over again.

How fun! Make your own shower poufs!

My homemade pouf is a bit more rough than my storebought one was but it isn’t uncomfortable to use at all. Plus they seem to be lasting FOREVER and even wash well in the washing machine. Perfect!



Comments (7)

  • Jeanella

    January 16, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    What a beautiful cat, too! Thanks for this DIY. I have about a yard of tulle, and I’ll try making one tomorrow.

  • Jean

    February 21, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Thanks for a great tutorial. Love your helper . I am a bit discouraged as I called my local fabric store and they only have tulle in white and pale pink. Oh well I guess this is on my list for my next trip to the big city. I can hardly wait to make 1 and then show my granddaughters how to make there own.

  • Wendy Cox

    March 6, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Ok, first Allison, I too LOVE LOVE your little helperan d giggled EVEN MORE when I saw him/her as my cat is the spitten image. But, I was roflmao at your first intro. Ive not even reached the directions yet.. Im off and running so cant wait to get home and try these. Ive never even been to a web site like these diy things. Not too computer savy and just using cell. But, i TOO just had the same experiance and thats why i googled to see if i could fix it. ONLY USED TWICE… grrrrrr.
    Sooooo, thanks to you and hope i can follow the directions. ?

  • Ben

    November 27, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Hi Allison,
    I have tried several tulle material, but they are rough and thick, which not the same as the read-made puff loofahs I can buy from walmart.
    Can you tell me what type and brand of Tulle you used?


    1. Allison Murray

      November 27, 2016 at 9:55 PM

      The softest tulle I have found is from Walmart in the bridal crafts area. The most recent tulle I have purchased from the craft store for other projects I wouldn’t think are soft enough for a shower poof. I haven’t gotten tulle from Walmart for some time, but maybe next time you go for groceries or whatnot you can slip over there and see if it seems like it will work better?

  • Jess G

    January 2, 2017 at 6:43 AM

    My puffs have also reached the falling apart stage so I’m simply going to use this technique to put them back together again! I’d previously tried just folding end to end over and over until I had a pile of tulle that could be tied around the middle but stitching seems more sensible and a bit easier when the stuff is wriggling around in your hands :-)
    And yes, I’m sure one of my cats will be delighted to help :-D

  • Connie

    November 12, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    i have tons of tulle that is 3″ wide by 40 yds. I do not like crocheting with this as I find it very hard to crochet. Now that I have seen what you did I am going to try to stitch 2 rolls together side by side with dental floss the run a running stitch down the middle and pull together to make shower poufs. I am hoping it won’t be to stiff to shower with.

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