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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Foot Stool Remake

 I had this footstool that I picked up on a clearance sale from Hobby Lobby, I think I bought it because it was on sale, something I do way too often. The fabric that was on it wasn't anything that really went in my house so I kept it in the bedroom where it looked odd and out of place for about a year.   I then got the idea that I would like to add a bird print to the bedroom to offset the buffalo plaid that I used to make the drapes.

And so it began, a very easy remake, I'm not an upholstery by any means so I took the easiest route possible.


I started by centering a square of fabric over the top of the ottoman with the pattern I wanted centered.  I used an electric stapler to secure the fabric around the base of the upholstered part of the ottoman making a pleat at each corner.



Next I cut a large strip of the fabric that was the circumference of the ottoman plus 1/4 the distance again.  I lined this piece and hemmed it to the correct floor length.  I sewed this into a large circle, the finished seam was placed in one of the corner pleats so it really isn't noticeable.


Since I was in no mood to do any actual upholstery I folded under the raw edge, making equal pleats on each corner and then again attached with the staple gun.



I finish the piece with a length of upholstery trim.  All in all this project took less than an hour or so. 


20 comments:

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

I have an ottoman and footstool fetish! This turned out so cute! Great tutorial and two step process! You made it look so easy. Now, you can sit back and put your feet up. :D Michelle

Jenny Harris said...

Wonderful re-do! I'm without a sewing machine at the moment, and am envying you the ability to whip up such a pretty little addition to your home. Thanks for sharing!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks fabulous and looks like a professional job. Love the fabric. I hope you will share this at my party which runs on Wednesdays with the link up Tuesday night if we have power that is. Winter storm is almost here. Ugh.

Upscale Downhome said...

Thanks for the shortcuts on covering the footstool. You did it in such a simple way. I saw a couple of stools last week at a thrift shop for $15 each and didn't get them. Now I think I will since your post made the process seem so easy.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Its beautiful NOW that you worked your magic on it. I made one last year from a old coffee table and its time to recover it.. I think I'll try it your way this time.. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Cathy said...

Sew pretty :) Great job!

Bella Michelle said...

Beautiful!!!!

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Sharing Shadymont said...

You did a great job on this. Maybe I could do this with a footstool I have. Thanks for the inspiration. Looks great!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

This is so cute. You did a wonderful job and the fabric you found would go well in my home ;).

Donnie said...

You did a great job. I took a correspondence course in the 70's to help my MIL in her upholstery shop and loved it. I don't know why I never think to fix something up myself. I could do it.

ShannonPinNOLA said...

You had me thinking "I, too, can do this!!" until you started sewing.

Another great Char project!!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Your footstool is fantastic! It looks like it was professionally upholstered! Thank you for the inspiration, and thanks for visiting me.
Cheers,
Andrea

SavannahGranny said...

Awesome. I love that you achieved this in such a short time. It looks very professional. I especially love the bird print.
Hugs, Ginger

Designs on 47th Street said...

Char, this project is very impresive. Very pretty outcome and boy do I love that fabric. Where did you find it?

Miss Char said...

Donna, the fabric is from Thibaut and I got it at Boca Bargoons in Fort Myers Florida. I love that store and every time I get down there I make a trip to see what they have in stock.

Here is Thibaut's on line link:http://www.thibautdesign.com

Paula said...

Love it! The fabric that you used is to die for!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How nice...I love the color and design of the fabric! Great job! ♥

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome said...

What a cute makeover. I have a stool just like yours and it needs a makeover too. Thanks for including all the details.
Traci

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

That turned out just great! I will have to keep my eye out for one on Craigslist!

Kathy said...

Blown away!!!