Patchwork Perfect or diary of another old stool (part two)
From this old, faded cover to this new exciting, happy, bright piece of patchwork loveliness!
In ‘diary of an old stool-part one’ we recovered the padded, top step of our shop step stool.
We also have another (foam-topped) stool where customers rest their weary legs and browse through the dressmaking patterns. It was once covered in very smart denim but was sadly looking very shabby and in need of a lift…
so we chose to use the same fabulous ditzy spot print cotton fabric.
and the same square patchwork design.
which we used to make sure our patchwork was going to be the right size and shape.
and it’s a very simple, piped box cushion pulled over a foam block.
For the patchwork, we used 10cm squares, worked out how many squares we were going to need to make a a top section and sides.
and cut out the fabric patches 13cms square.
we definitely needed to interface our patches
to add strength and stability to the final piece.
(For the perfect square, fold the fabric over the corners and the tack down the sides with big secure temporary stitch)
Using tiny stitches, match the folded edges (right sides together) and whip over the fabric edges from the wrong side, picking up a tiny amount of fabric with each stitch.
We methodically joined our squares into strips and then joined the strips together to form the top section and then we need to create one long strip for the sides.
We selected a floral bias binding (we used pink floral 2199, but we were also considering this classic gingham binding) and tacked in some piping but we could have chosen something ready made such as this flanged inset piping
(we used up 2 smaller pieces of binding, so utilised a crossway joining technique to make one continuous piece)
The covered piping was tacked along the stitching line of the top section before the sides were joined using a zipper foot.
Where the bias covered piping joins, it should overlap.
The zipper foot allows the stitching to be tight up against the piping for a sharp professional finish
To get a sharp corner the bias need to be clipped right at the corner just up to the stitching to release it.
Take care at the corners, leave the needle in the fabric when the foot is lifted to turn it for the next direction.
Finally the side strip had to be joined to the top. Pattern matching was attempted (ahem…not too bad eh?) and corner seams needed to line up so that the work fitted snuggly over the foam block.
We love this bright and funky stool it’s got a cute retro feel to it, besides, like the step stool, it makes us smile!