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Patchwork Perfect or diary of another old stool (part two)

IMG 7429IMG 7357Look at this ‘new’ stool in our shop window….

From this old, faded cover to this new exciting, happy, bright piece of patchwork loveliness!


IMG 7195IMG 7382In ‘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…

IMG 7281We wanted this second stool to co-ordinate with the step stool

so we chose to use the same fabulous ditzy spot print cotton fabric.

and the same square patchwork design.


IMG 7371IMG 7379We had quite a lot of old staples to remove along with the old cover,

which we used to make sure our patchwork was going to be the right size and shape.



IMG 7361IMG 7380We have recovered this stool at least 3 times previously

and it’s a very simple, piped box cushion pulled over a foam block.



IMG 7391IMG 7405For the patchwork, we used 10cm squares, worked out how many squares we were going to need to make a a top section and sides.



IMG 7147IMG 7146Again, we used 160gsm card  for the templates and again we allowed 1.5cms seam allowance on all four sides,

and cut out the fabric patches 13cms square.


IMG 7148As this design is not going to be laminated,

we definitely needed to interface our patches

to add strength and stability to the final piece.



IMG 7149IMG 7150After pinning and tacking each fabric patch to the card template,

(For the perfect square, fold the fabric over the corners and the tack down the sides with big secure temporary stitch)


IMG 7151IMG 7152Now join the patches together.

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.


IMG 7317IMG 7313We 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)


IMG 7385IMG 7386IMG 7389We used the foam cushion to position the piping and to check the measurements and a pin at each corner to mark the position of the piping.


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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


IMG 7393IMG 7397To 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.


IMG 7406IMG 7407IMG 7409Finally 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.


IMG 7410IMG 7429And here’s a bit of stretching and stapling to pull the piped patchwork over the foam then to metal stool frame! et Voila!

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!


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