button footstool,

Sew a button footstool

Try one of upholstery’s simple style techniques and make this seat for your feet

Here at Homemaker, we’re always on the look out for new upholstery techniques that we can share with you. The best kind are those that are a little technical but achievable, too. Something that doesn’t terrify our lovely readers; you want to be challenged not scared off! This issue we’ve opted for a simple buttoning detail, which is great for playing around with contrasting fabrics and designs. We’ve chosen a bright pink fuchsia for the main colour with a hint of tangerine for some added interest. Select any patterns you like, but whatever you go for, make sure it’s bold!

You’ll need:
    • Contrasting Fabrics

    • Bright pink fuchsia

    • Tangerine

    1. First prepare the legs of the stool for painting; if the stool legs have never been painted before it is recommended that a primer is used first. Wash and lightly sand the surface apply the primer, leave to dry overnight, then apply the top colour. Again leave for 24 hours. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for a perfect result.

    2. The base of this stool has webbing woven and stapled in place and was good enough to use again, however this may need to be replaced if worn and saggy. Cover the buttons with your chosen fabric and cut a strip of the same fabric on the bias, then pass and press the strip through a bias binding folder. This will be used to trim the edge of the stool.

    3. Cut the foam block to size using a bread knife, then mark the button positions onto the top surface with a ruler and marker pen. Cut an indent into the foam around the mark; this is for the button to sit into. Place the foam onto the top of the stool frame, then centre the top fabric onto the foam. Temporarily hold the fabric and foam in place with a staple on either side of the stool; these will be removed later.

    4. Look under the fabric to the find the button position and place a pin to mark this on the surface of the fabric. Thread the button onto a length of twine; pick up the two ends of it and thread them through the upholstery needle. Pass the needle through the top fabric, through the foam and to the underside of the stool. Open out the two twine ends and place a small roll of webbing between the threads, tie a slip knot in the threads, then pull hard to pull the button into the foam. When you are happy with result, tie a couple more knots to secure and trim off the excess.

    5. The buttoning forms folds in the fabric in a diamond shape; direct them to the corners of the stool. When you are happy that they are all even, place a staple in the centre of each side of the stool. Make neat folds on the corners to hide the excess fabric. Continue to staple around the edge. Trim away the excess from the edge of the stool, then attach the prepared trim. Staple one end on a corner, then glue to attach the remaining. Fold the end of the trim, glue in place, then secure with a staple.