A little more than a month ago I bought a sewing desk and stool set at the Salvation Army. The desk was in great condition, but the stool top; the cushion , was a duct taped mess. I originally thought about just ripping off and redoing the cushion, but then, I came across this footstool slipcover in a new book called Stitch Savvy and felt that this would make a better solution.
As with most slipcover patterns, you need to do the measuring and mathematics yourself. My advice, triple check everything, because it is easy to make a mistake. Once measured you’ll need to figure out the size to cut out. This stool is rectangular, so it is important to make sure you sew your “tube” together correctly. I didn’t see any mention of this in the pattern instructions.
I would say the most challenging part is adding the piping. It’s a scary task, but it’s more a matter of going slowly than really being “hard to do”. By taking my time and making sure everything lined up nicely, I think I got a fairly good result.
One thing that perplexed me about this pattern was the use of packaged bias tape to make the piping. I don’t get it? If I am going to buy bias tape, well, I might as well buy the pre-made piping, at stores here, they are the same price (bias tape and piping). If I am going to make the piping myself, I might as well make the bias tape myself too. That’s my thought process.
Project: Footstool Slipcover with Piping
Fabric: “Wild Things” canvas (from Fabric.com)
Notions: Piping in light blue
Thread: Gutermann 100% polyester col: 10
Difficulty: Some challenges
Sew again: Probably not