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Upholstered Stool (Square or Rectangular)

 

Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.

Create a brand new look for furniture, in just a few steps!

Add an embroidered upholstery cover to a square or rectangular stool (click here for instructions for a round stool cover), and you'll have a one-of-a-kind personal embellishment for home decor.

Sturdy durable fabrics such as faux suede, upholstery fabric, canvas, twill, even denim, will work great for a stool cover.

Read on for project instructions!


Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.

Supplies Needed:

**Wooden stool (the seat portion of my stool is 13" wide by 13" high)

**3/4 yard sturdy fabric (I sued faux suede)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

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*Temporary spray adhesive

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Air-erase pen

**Polyester fiberfill

**Furniture tacks (sometimes called "decorative nails" -- mine are 7/16" size. I used a total of 36 nails.)

**Masking tape

**Small hammer
 


Designs Used:

For this project, I used the 6"x10" size of the Peacock - Watercolor design. Designs from the Spring Rosemaling Design Pack would also be lovely on a stool cover. Or choose from the Midsummer Splendor design release for lots of design ideas for a square or rectangular shaped cover!



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 

Start out by laying the fabric flat with the right side facing up. Flip the stool over and place it face down in the center of the fabric (leave at least 4" of excess fabric around the outer edges of the stool). Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, trace the stool shape onto the fabric.



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 


Remove the stool and create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. If you are new to using templates to place designs, see these instructions for more information about making and using templates. 

Position the template on the fabric within the shape. I centered the design within the shape. To do this, measure equal distances between the center of the template and the outer edges of the fabric from side to side and from top to bottom. Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric.  Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.


Repeat the hooping and embroidering process for each design. When all the designs have finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery. Also, gently tear away the topping. If any small bit remain you can use a tweezers to remove them. Or, wet your finger tips with water and brush the bits away.



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 

Next, spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.  Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 

When the design has finished, trim the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 

Measure the side edge of the seat portion of the stool. Take that number and add 1 1/2" (mine measured 2 1/4" plus 1 1/2" equals 3 3/4"). Take that measurement and measure and make marks out from each outer edge of the shape. Then, draw lines connecting the marks. Cut out the shape along the outer lines you just drew.



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 


Now it is time to add the fabric to the stool! Lay the fabric onto the stool (right side facing up) and align the inner lines with the edges of the stool. Using masking tape, tape the side edges in place so the fabric will not slip for the next step. 

Next, at the center of one of the side edges at the top and bottom, fold the outer edge of the fabric over 1/2". Align the folded edge with the bottom edge of the side of the seat portion, and tack a nail in place at the edge of the fabric.  Remove the tape and repeat this for each of the centers of the four sides making sure to keep the traced inner lines aligned with the edges of the seat portion at all times.



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 

Now that all four sides of the fabric are secured in place, it is time to add the cushion. Fill the seat with polyester fiberfill (in between the fabric and the seat portion) until it is firm, but so that the fiberfill is not spilling out of the corners. More fiberfill can be added later on, if you like (see the step below).



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 


Next, fold the fabric over 1/2" along each side of the center nails, align the folded fabric with the bottom edge of the side of the seat portion, and tack a nails in place about every inch. Repeat this until you are about 2" away from each corner.

At this point, decide if you want to add more fiberfill. If so, using a blunt object (like the eraser end of a pencil) push the fiberfill around to even it out and add more if necessary. Then, fold the fabric of the corner under 1/2" (along each edge) and pinch the fabric at the corner and align the folded edges together.



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 

Lay the corner flat along the side edge of the seat portion and tack it in place with a nail.  Also, tack another nail in place around the other side of the corner. Repeat this for each of the corners. And you are done!



Free project instructions to upholster a stool with embroidery.
 

It's fun to freshen up your furniture with your embroidery. Share your work with us - we'd love to see it! Email pictures of your home decor projects to stitch@emblibrary.com.

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