DIY Upholstery How to Re-upholster a Footstool with Fabric
by SJ Johnson
My passion for reducing waste drives me to find new ways to reuse, recycle, and repurpose old objects. My latest mission involved revamping an old footstool using a gorgeous damask napkin that I bought years ago but never used. The cloth napkin is similar to this one sold on Amazon.com.
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Furnishings, I recently redecorated my bedroom. I always have a little storage footstool near my bed where I keep my remote controls and books. When I changed the furniture in my bedroom, the footstool didn't fit in with the new decor. In fact, the footstool, similar to this one sold on Amazon.com, looked awful. However, I still needed the extra storage the footstool provided, so I did not want to get rid of it.
One day, as I was cleaning, I stumbled upon the napkin and had an idea. I could cover the footstool with the napkin, and then the footstool would be the perfect complement to my new bedroom. When I placed the napkin on the footstool, they were a perfect fit. A marriage made in heaven. Here is how you can makeover a footstool or chair in 7 easy steps:
An old footstool or chair
How to Re-upholster a Footstool in 7 Easy Steps
1. Measure your fabric. It should fit snuggly on the footstool with enough fabric to reach under the top of the footstool.
2. Carefully cut the fabric to remove any excess material.
3. Tuck the edges under. You may need to iron the edges down for a smooth finish.
4. Make sure your cover will allow the footstool to close properly.
5. Start by sewing the corners.
6. Only sew the new fabric and not the original fabric that covers the footstool. This way you can easily remove the new cover, if necessary.
7. Be sure that your corners are tight. This will provide a professional look to your finished product.
Originally, I thought I would have to sand and repaint the footstool, but once I added the new covering, I did not have to do anything else to the rest of the footstool. As I mentioned before, I did not remove the original cover. The new cover is sitting on top of the original cover, just in case I decide to change the cover again. Maybe I'll go with an animal printnext time . There you have it. In seven easy steps, you have a great-looking footstool that can work in any room in your home.
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