Hi Friends and welcome to Themed Furniture Thursday!! I gave you a peek of this little footstool the other day:
I snapped it up at my neighborhood yard sale last year for $10. Now my Mom was in the market for a footstool not too long ago, and that’s when I remembered I had this little fella in my to-do pyramid.
However when she saw it, she kindly said, “No, thank you.”
Then I redid it…
And guess who thought it might work after all?
It really is so much cuter now…perfect for my quaint little oceanside beach cottage…that I don’t own…a girl can dream. 😉
I started this makeover by painting the base and feet in DIY Chalk paint in a mix of Behr’s Cottage White and Pure White.
The cover was really so simple to make.
First I covered the original with simple muslin fabric I had left over from my doll-making days. Here you can see it peeking out from under the skirt:
That provided a clean “new” base to go under the cover.
To do that, I removed the top since it comes off to reveal a storage space beneath. Then I laid my muslin, that was cut slightly bigger, across the stool top, and pinned each corner like this:
Then I sewed each corner straight down.
I turned it right-side out and put it back on the foot stool, trimmed the excess fabric, and folded the edges over. Then I used my staple gun to attach the muslin to the underside of the cushion:
Now my stool has a clean fresh base.
Now for the slip cover. Although the original had piping, I wanted to keep this as simple as possible.
This month’s theme is Red, White, or Blue, and I remembered I had this blue and white ticking fabric that I found at a yard sale for one whole dollar a while back. It was just a small piece though, so I had to make it work. (Prewash and dry your fabric on the same settings it will be washed and dried on in the future first.)
I started the same way as the muslin base cover, only I made sure to lay the fabric right side down. Then I pinned each corner.
And sewed down each.
I flipped it right-side-out and put it back on. Then I tucked the bottom under all the way around. (See photo below.)
For the ruffle, I cut four inch strips at least twice the length of the perimeter of the stool, using my rotary cutter and straight edge. I had to join a few strips together to make one long strip.
Then I hemmed one edge of it…
To ruffle the fabric, I started by basting the unfinished edge. (Sewed along the unfinished edge with the longest stitches my sewing machine makes.)
Then, of the two threads hanging off at the start, I pulled one gently and pushed my fabric along it, causing the fabric to ruffle.
I did this until all of the fabric was ruffled. Be careful not to pull too hard or the thread will break and you will need to baste again.
Then I pinned it to the underside of the stool cover.
When I made it almost all the way around, I removed the cover and sewed the raw ends together.
Then I finished pinning, and sewed it in place:
After, I ran a small zigzag stitch along the raw edges underneath where I attached the ruffle to the top part, to prevent fraying in the wash.
Sew easy, right?
The ruffle is a bit of a throw back, but I love the charm it added to this stuffy piece.
A pleated ruffle would have been sweet as well. See how to do that in this tutorial for covering armless accent chairs:
Now to see if this will end up at Mom’s house after all!
My Furniture Flippin Friends are also sharing Red, White, or Blue furniture makeovers today too!
Check them out below:
I’m working on this little table which I hope to share next time!
Have a great day! 🙂
UPDATE: See this how this little side table turned out HERE now!
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