Give an old footstool a new lease of life with our stylish revamp. Brightly coloured fabrics have been simply pieced together in strips and stapled over the existing fabric for a super quick update. The original project used Amy Butler’s Violette range, but you can use any collection you like in colours to suit the season. This is a gorgeous new home addition you’ll love to rest your feet on after a busy day. If you are removing the original covers when reupholstering, keep the old ones to use as templates, and make sure to measure before taking them apart if they are made of stretch fabric.
- Printed cotton, 10 prints
- White cotton
- Padded footstool
- Lightweight quilt wadding
- Staple gun
- Custom sized
Cover a footstool
1 Measure the dimensions of your footstool in both directions and add twice the height plus 5cm to each measurement to work out the size of patchwork panel you need to create (eg. width + height + height + 5). Repeat for the length. Our footstool was 27cm x 37cm x 9cm high so our panel needed to be a minimum of 50cm x 60cm. Remove the feet of the footstool if possible.
2 Divide the short width measurement by five (in our case equalling 10). Cut this many 6cm wide strips of fabric to the length of the larger measurement. Sew the strips right sides together with a 5mm seam allowance to create one striped panel.
3 Press and layer onto wadding and plain cotton. Stitch together along the seam lines with a coordinating colour thread. Trim away any excess wadding and cotton before folding under 1cm along each edge and tacking.
4 Place the panel over the centre of the footstool and check it is straight. Pin the panel to the existing fabric on the stool before flipping upside down. Bring the edges of the panel up over the sides of the stool and onto the base.
5 Staple in place along the long edges first, keeping the fabric taut but not too tight. Mitre the corners of the fabric, tucking the excess material under the fold to neaten the sides. Staple the short edges in place as before. Slip stitch the mitred corners with a matching thread to secure the folds. Paint the feet if desired and allow to dry thoroughly before replacing.