We all know I’m not a professional sewer (sewist? seamstress?), anyway I found some gorgeous fabric in Ikea this week and knew it would be perfect to recover my footstool with. It turned out to be fairly simple once I took apart the old cover!
This method would work with most anything that already had a cover, but please don’t take apart a cover that you’d still use! I’d hate you to end up with a naked chair ;)
Here’s how I made mine (which is this Ikea pouffe):
Start by laying your unpicked cover onto your fabric, I cut my largest piece on the fold and folded the main pattern piece, this way I knew I’d get both sides the same.
If you need to mark extra for seam allowances (like where I was too lazy to unpick my velcro!)
Once your new pattern pieces are cut pin together so they match edges where the original pieces did. If you have a lot of pieces, like with an armchair, it’s a good idea to number your pieces with chalk. I had three, and two were the same piece so I managed okay ;)
Use extra pins on the corners to make sure you get a nice rounded edge.
I then zig-zag stitched the pieces together, they’d been serged on the previous cover, but I’m not nearly that fancy!
Don’t worry about back stitching at this point, you’ll be making a new seam to reinforce it next.
To get a nice neat seam on top tick the long middle piece over the edge pieces and pin. Then top stitch the whole length.
This is what it’ll look like inside.
Next up reinforce the corner which will allow the cover to slide over and be velcro-ed under the footstool. The velcro means that it will stay in place and give it a really well fitted look. Zig-zag stitch the whole bottom including the triangle corners, this will stop it from fraying. Then pin the corners under about 1/4 inch and stitch on your smallest straight stitch.
On your four long edges you’ll need to add some velcro. Fold under your straight edge and pin the velcro at the same time.
I had the rough edge under my footstool so attached the soft side of velcro. If your footstool doesn’t already have velcro just staple some on the inside or underside so it won’t be visible when the cover’s on.
Stitch the whole way along the whole length and around the velcro edge.
It will look like that from the outside. Don’t worry because this will be on the underside of the footstool.
And you’re done!
Then you’ll want to just sit back and stare at it.
You know, while you’re feet are on it.
Just look at those seams!
And while I was at it, I also made a cushion cover to match.
Just two squares joined together round three edges, stuff the cushion in, pin the raw edge under and top stitch.
Still looks neat, and only takes around 10 minutes to make.