I learned something new preparing to write this- I learned that a foot stool is any type of furniture where one can put their feet up on. However, either a hassock or ottoman is a specific name for a specific purpose. A hassock is a fabric covered foot stool which is more accurately describing my upcycled spool foot stool. Ottoman describes a foot stool that is both fabric covered and provides storage. I still like the word Ottoman and so that is what I will call it because hassock is not a word that I have heard used to describe a foot stool.
I have been putting this project off since our return trip back from New Mexico in July where I had picked up the empty wire spool at a warehouse of my husband’s friend. When I saw the spool sitting there on the floor I immediately asked “what are you doing with this empty spool?!” My husband shrugged his shoulders and mumbled something from across the way and then they both looked at me and laughed. “What?” as I stared at them waiting for some smart @$$ comment and I got it “You can have all the garbage you want out of her!” and my hubby pipes in “Stop that no she can’t!”
I am so glad I own a Ford Expedition that held all the goodies I found on our trip-the spool, 500 lbs of beautiful desert flagstone, some cactus, and other assorted things along the way. When I saw the spool, I did not know what I was going to do with it, I just knew I would do something with it.
Sometimes you can find spools but if you cannot do not despair. A foot stool can be round or square. Upholstered. Wood. Metal. It is all in your creative design to build one using old boxes, buckets, tables, and the like. I just happened to get lucky with this spool which is the perfect size for my barrel chairs.
And the vintage fabric, tacks, and trim?
I have to admit that I have had those in my craft room for about 6 years (I think). The vintage supplies came from a very good friend of mine who had her beloved mother’s chair reupholstered. I love this vintage pattern and have 2 more small squares to make something else. I love vintage fabrics and trims. I have been teaching myself how to sew so I can create one of a kind pieces for my self, friends, and one day to sell.
I made mistakes making this piece. I am up front and honest about the attempted fails at getting this perfect. I will post the pictures and I will tell you that it worked in my head but not in reality. I made it work and if I were to show it to a professional who upholsters they would probably faint. It looks good and it looks like it is vintage and that is what I was going for.
I had everything I used already and did not purchase anything. I have a room devoted to crafts and sewing (which makes me very blessed and happy) so when I find things on clearance, or at garage sales, or even given to me by friends I can put the away and save them for the special project. If I ever do this again, I will use foam for padding and I have found that using the cheap foam mattress pads work really well. I used vintage fabric so stretching was not an option so keep this in mind because it is slightly fragile. Another adjustment I had to make was cutting the seam because I did not make the fabric sleeve tight enough so when I got to the end with the tacks, there was excess fabric. When you are creating, you have to be flexible because it does not always go as planned (at least not in my world!)
I am no professional and my pictures are here to give you guidance and room to improve the technique. You can find Youtube videos on upholstering but I am a “a go for it if I fail that is okay kind of creator”. I also know now that working with a flat surface would have been easier too. But the stool looks great and after 2 days of use, it is holding up quite nicely!
Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!
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