I’m almost finished redecorating the guest room upstairs. There are three more projects in the room to show you in these next two weeks – two after today.
You saw the painted upholstery footstool on this side of the bed last week.
Painting the upholstery was much quicker than sewing a burlap skirt.
The footstool on the opposite side of the bed needed an entirely different look.
For this second footstool update, I skirted around the task of re-upholstering again (wink).
I painted the legs with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White – just like the yellow cushioned foot stool.
To make a cover, trace around the seat about a half-inch out from the edge. Measure from the seat to the end of the leg to calculate the skirt height.
Add 3 inches to the height measurement and cut a strip to that width and a length of at least twice the measurement around the stool. I had a remnant, so I cut two strips to stitch together end to end.
To secure the loose-weave burlap, straight-stitch the pieces together, then zig-zag the seam allowance. If you have a serger, you can do it all in one step.
Cut your marked cushion circle.
Zig-zag or serge around the circle or oval and along both edges of the strip. No hem is required with burlap.
To prepare the top edge of the skirt, fold (to the under side) the extra 3 inches you added to the measurement. This acts like a top hem or sorts.
The flap will be secure when it’s stitched to the oval or circle base.
Measure your base. (It’s easier to measure when folded in half.)
Measure your skirt strip. Subtract the base measurement to see how to figure your pleats. If your strip is double the base measurement, then you’ll fold a one-inch pleat every four inches. (So your four-inch span becomes two inches after folding the pleat.)
My stitch line is about 3/4″ from the folded edge, but you can make your stitch line wherever you’d like. Whatever measurement you use, you might want to mark along that line with a row of pins. Hide any seams under a pleat, if possible.
Since the top of the skirt forms an exposed knife-pleat ruffle, you’ll stitch it a little differently from the usual way – on top of the base.
So, the base edge is under the ruffle. The base edge is hidden, so you must lift the ruffle and check your seam allowance as you sew. You could also mark a line one inch from the base edge before you sew. That would give you a line to follow with your ruffle edge.
I decided not to mark mine. You do whatever you’re comfortable with.
The finished product simply drops over the stool. No upholstery needed. 🙂
Do you have footstools to cover? Isn’t this easier than replacing upholstery?