We are in the process of redecorating the high school room
at my church.
And I was excited to be asked to reupholster
four "bar stools".
No, the high school room is not in a "bar",
nor does the church serve alcohol,
even though we are in the world famous wine region of
Sonoma County, CA.
But these stools needed some new covers!
So the first thing I did was to turn one upside down,
on a large piece of paper.
This way I could draw all the way around the seat
to make a pattern for the top of the stool.
Because of the curve of the side,
it actually added about 1/4" all the way around,
making a seam allowance.
I cut out the circle
and laid it on the wrong side of the fabric.
Then I drew around the circle directly onto the fabric.
I cut out the circle and marked the circle
at the North, South, East and West,
just like I was looking at a globe.
Actually I clipped at those places but
the clips didn't show in the photo,
so I put pins there so they would be visible.
Next I measured all the way around the edge of the
I had to pull the measuring tape tightly,
because the sides stretch out to accommodate
the curve and the foam inside.
This measurement became the length (width) of the band.
Then I measured the depth of the seat cushion
and added 1 inch for seam allowance and
room to staple.
I was unable to get the staples out
that held on the old vinyl cover,
so I decided to just cover it completely.
Using my quilters ruler,
I measured the 4 1/2 inches in depth for the band,
and measured 41 1/2 inches in width and cut the strip.
I sewed the short ends of the strip together,
using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
I prefer to use upholstery thread,
but heavy duty cotton thread will work fine.
I pressed my seam open and then pressed the seam
to one side.
I top stitched the seam into place.
This will add strength to the seam,
which will be under stress because it will fit snugly
onto the stool.
I pinned the seam of the band to my "North" point
of the circle.
Then find the halfway point of the band and
I pinned it to my "South" point.
Then I found each halfway point on each side
and pinned it to my "East" and "West" points.
I kept pinning all the way around the circle,
making sure my pins were in the direction
so I could pull them out as I sewed
without poking myself.
many times with my super sharp pins!
I stitched around the circle with a 1/4" seam allowance.
(Pardon the ugly sticker on the sewing machine, please.
I am still sewing on India's machine while mine is in the shop,
and she never took the stickers off.)
Sorry this is so blurry.
But I was trying to show that I
pressed the seam allowance toward the top
and top stitched right next to the seam.
I did not clip the seam allowance inside,
like I would normally do for a garment.
The reason is that the full seam allowance was
needed for stability of the seam,
and the foam seat
will fill out any puckering.
This is the cushion cover where the
seam of the band meets the
top of the seat cover.
I finished the edge of the
band with an overlock stitch to prevent fraying.
I put the new cover directly onto the old
vinyl cover of the seat.
It fit snugly but well.
I pulled the band tightly over the bottom of the
seat cushion and stapled it in place
using an electric staple gun.
I also have a regular staple gun,
but the electric staple gun is much easier
I put staples very close together,
so that the fabric would not tear from stress.
This is how the bottom of the seat looks
on a finished bar stool.
All four of the bar stools
are finished and headed back to the church!
The church provided me with 2 yards of
this upholstery fabric.
I have enough of the fabric left over
to make 3 throw pillows for the high school room!
Because, you know,
high school students must have pillows to smack
each other with when they are not listening to the
youth pastor teach!
I am taking the stools with me to
church in the morning,
when we go for Vacation Bible School.
In other news,
my beloved Janome Memory Craft 9700
is supposed to be ready to pick up from the
I am so glad!!!!
I have a very important apron order
to complete and it needs to be
But I will tell you more about that in a few days!