When we bought our sofa and chairs my husband really wanted a footstool to go with them, but we have a small living room and the ones that went with the suite we had chosen were pretty large (and expensive). A kind friend from church had given him an old footstool that was just perfect, but very old fashioned. So I rashly promised him that if we bought some of the fabric to match the chairs I would cover the footstool for him. Well the old green embroidered footstool has sat in our living room for the last year, with a pile of neatly folded fabric, waiting for me to work some magic.
I have a GCSE in textiles but my project was a teddy bear in a pair of dungarees, so it wasn't much preparation for covering a footstool. However, at least I had a sewing machine and knew how to work it! And after several hours of unpicking stitching that had gone wrong, desperately trying to sew in a circle and hand stitching the bottom on, I'm very proud to say that I managed it.
The trick, I discovered, was to pin the fabric around the footstool so that it was tight and I knew exactly where to sew. I sewed the two ends of the long rectangle together first to go round the side, then put this on the footstool inside out and laid a large circle of fabric over the top, upside down, so that I had the back of the fabric showing. Once again I pinned the fabric together whilst it was on the footstool so I knew it would be a perfect fit (then spent half an hour trying to get the footstool out the middle... it may have been a little too tightly pinned!). I sewed round the top in a (sort of) circle, trimmed the seams and turned it out the right way. I popped the cover on the footstool, turned it upside down, laid another circle of fabric over the top and tucked the edges in all the way round. Then I spent a fun few hours hand stitching the bottom on. I finished last night whilst watching the Olympic closing ceremony.
Whoop! I think it looks really good. It's not perfect, but it's good enough for us. I don't think upholstery is really for me though...
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