I love my mid century footstool that I found at the thrift store a few years ago! But it has a vinyl top which can be cold to put your tootsies on in the winter. So I made a fuzzy faux fur cover to go over it. Plus, I embroidered the top to mimic the design I love on the original footstool.
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Here's What You'll Need
Two pieces Fabric Palette Pre-Cut Short Fur 18" x 28"
Fabric ruler, rotary cutter, and self-healing mat
Water-soluble fabric pen
Pins or Wonder Clips
Sewing machine and thread
Stretch or ballpoint sewing machine needle
Metallic embroidery floss
Large Embroidery Hoop
Let's Get Crafty!
Here's what my stool looks like from the top. It has this cool gold swirly pattern on it.
My pre-cut faux fur fabric was just barely wide enough to cover my stool (phew!). So my seam allowance will be quite small. Sherry thinks it's much warmer and fuzzier already. This is my first time working with faux fur, but the fur (on the fabric, not Sherry) is short, so it will be easy to work with. Sherry's fur, however, is harder to work with, as it winds up all over the house.
I placed one piece of my faux fur fabric wrong side up on my work surface, and placed my footstool on it, upside down. I traced around my footstool and I was able to give myself a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Next, I cut the skirt. The fabric wasn't long enough to wrap all the way around the footstool, so I will need to cut the other piece of fur in half and sew them together along the short sides to form a long strip.
Next, I sewed the two skirt strips right sides together. But first, I made sure the fur was going in the same direction for both pieces when I sew them together. I just pet it up and down and made sure that for both pieces, the fur was pointing downward. In the pic below, you can sort of see the texture of the fabric. The fur is short, and on the wrong side, it looks like a shiny knit fabric but it's not very stretchy. Pin or clip the short side together.
Sew one of the sides together. Because the fabric is sort of like a knit fabric, I used a stretch needle in my sewing machine and a longer stitch length. However, I still used a straight stitch and not a zig zag. I also hemmed one long side of the fabric, making sure the fur was pointing down towards the bottom of the skirt. The fabric did not seem to fray (again, similar to knit fabric), so I only folded it once. This was a good thing because folding it twice to hem it would have made the edge very bulky.
Next, I measured around the side of the footstool with a tape measure, and trimmed the other end of my skirt piece, leaving an extra inch just in case. I then wrapped the skirt piece around my footstool and clipped it to fit it properly. It's like doing alterations on a piece of furniture! I noted the seam allowance and sewed the other side.
Fold your circle piece in half, and in half again so you have a quarter of it showing. Mark with your washable pen the all of the quarter marks. Likewise, mark the quarter marks on your skirt piece by folding it in half (the side seams are the other quarter marks).
Match the quarter marks on the circle piece with the marks on the skirt piece and pin/clip them together. You can get started on a flat surface.
Then you can place it on your stool to again to fit it properly. I really had to be careful with this, as I had a super teeny seam allowance. Then I sewed it up. I sewed slowly, again with my longer stitch length, making sure I kept my seam allowance the same all the way around. All done with the slipcover!
I wanted to embroider the gold design on my slipcover because I knew I would miss looking at it all winter! So keeping the slipcover inside out, I put it on my footstool. Then I traced the design with my washable pen. I did not trace all of the design, just one of the swirls.
Time to embroider! I placed my fabric into a large embroidery hoop and used two strands of metallic embroidery thread and a back stitch to create my design. Again because the fur is short, it was easy to embroider and two strands was enough to show through. When you're finished, you can iron it on a medium high setting on the wrong side with a press cloth if your embroidery hoop creased the fabric.
I always feel like I should don an empire waist dress and perch myself at the end of a settee in the sitting room when I embroider, especially with a large hoop! Has Mr. Darcy come to call yet? Oh, hello, Mr. Collins.
All done! I ended up cutting the skirt a little bit shorter. I'm glad the embroidery worked on the faux fur so I can still see the swirly design that I love about my stool.