Update a plain footrest with this simple project
Bring both comfort and style to your living room with our simple fabric footstool project, inspired by Victoria’s cosy look. With no sewing required, this upholstery tutorial is easy to follow and can be done in just two hours.
This simple project can be adapted to reupholster a brand-new footstool (ours came from Dunelm). Alternatively, you can use the same technique to update an existing stool in your home that’s starting to look a bit tired, or if you’ve found one second-hand at a charity shop or boot sale.
TAKES 2HRS COST £36.99
small footstool (we got ours in dunelm, £20) Measuring tape fabric scissors 1/2m bosworth fabric in chambray, £16.99 per m, prestigious textiles fabric pins staple gun
1Measure your footstool and carefully cut out a piece of fabric that’s large enough to cover the top and all four sides – allow for an extra 2cm on each side for the hem. Lay the fabric face down on a flat surface and place the footstool upside down on top, so that it’s sitting directly in the centre of the fabric.
2Starting on one of the longer sides of the footstool, carefully fold a hem along the edge of the fabric and neatly pin it to the underside of the footstool. Fix in place using a staple gun and then start work on the opposite side, making sure you pull the fabric taut as you pin, then staple in place.
3At each end of the footstool, cut a small semi-circle of excess fabric off each corner to reduce the bulk of fabric and allow the fold to be neat. Fold and pin the remaining fabric into place to the underside of the footstool, then staple in place. Repeat at the other end to complete the footstool.
if you’ll be using the stool as a spare seat when guests visit,try adding a layer of wadding beneath the fabric to give a plumper finish
DO IT IN 2hrs elephant cushion, £15; plain linen cushion, £20, both john lewis. gaser rug, £80, ikea. diamond cotton throw, £17.99, argos