Voila! My Vanity Stool is New Again
My new stool is beautiful. Can you believe I used a throw to cover it? Here's how I got it done.
- Measuring tape.
- Fabric with some give, some stretch. I used one side of a throw.
- Matching thread.
- Good fabric scissors
- Sewing machine.
- I measured the height of the stool, adding 4 inches that would make up the seam. I measured the exterior circumference of the stool adding 4 inches, again for the seam. This will give you the dimensions (e.g. 18"x 80") for the rectangle shaped fabric that will cover the bottom part of the stool.
- Making sure all the lines of the rectangle were straight, I chalked out the rectangle on my fabric.
- I turned the stool upside down and traced the top of the stool, using chalk. Again, I added about 4 inches all the way around, 2 inches to cover the sides of the top and 2 inches for the seam. Then I carefully cut out the circle.
- I sewed the ends of the rectangle together with a 2 inch seam with the wrong side (not the pretty side) facing in outwards.
- Using a needle and thread, I basted the wrong side of the circle to the wrong side of tube (made of the rectangle) with a 2 inch seam. I gently gathering the edges of the circle to fit in to tehe tube smoothly. Each gather was about 1 - 1 1/2 inches apart. Just a tip, basting your pieces together keeps them steady when your trying to sew straight lines using your sewing machine.
- I carefully went over the basting with my sewing machine, making sure my seam was straight.
- I then turned my new stool cover inside out and pulled it over the old fabric.
- I turned it upside down. Using a staple gun, I secured the cover on the inside of the stool, gently pulling as I stapled.