I had a full, productive day in the studio on Thursday and it was glorious. I worked on the tufted sofa and I made a slipcover out of some antique ticking for the white industrial stool I bought at the Raleigh Flea Market over Thanksgiving.
I love how sweet and simple the skirt turned out. Yeah, it’s a little crooked, but that’s okay. I don’t do perfect well at all!
Here’s how the stool looked before. The black pleather seat cover lent the stool a decidedly more clinical feel than I was going for.
I started out by cutting a band of fabric off the scrap of antique mattress ticking I had in my stash. I used the portion of it that had a hand stitched initial and year (1913).
I wrapped the piece around the stool, inside-out and pinned the ends together where they meet, right sides together, raw edges facing the same way.
I cut a piece for the top and placed it on the stool with the right side facing down and pinned it to the “band”.
I cut off the excess and stitched where I placed the pins.
When I’m making slipcovers, I always turn them right-side-out after sewing each section to make sure it fits nicely.
I cut a strip of fabric about 6″ wide and double the length of the circumference of the stool. I folded it in half lengthwise and pressed it to hold the fold. I then pleated the skirt as I sewed it to the stool cover. I usually add piping, which keeps me sewing in a straight line, but I wanted this one to be a bit more casual, so I didn’t use piping.
And I didn’t sew in a straight line.
I ended up going a little wonky, but I think it looks sweet and quirky and very much “Marian-made”.
I love the initial and random stitched stars and designs. It’s amazing to think that the fabric is 103 years old. Pretty cool.
This is the first piece that’s going on the “Lucketts Pile” for the spring market.
If you’re interested in attending the event, it’s in Leesburg, Virginia, May 20-22, 2016. You can see the details HERE.
The winner of the Kohl’s giveaway is Niki Johnson! Congrats!