Between gardening projects and everything else I’ve been working on, I’ve also been getting some sewing projects knocked out.  A couple of weekends ago, I cut out the pieces and made piping for this footstool/ottoman I picked up at an antique store a few years ago.  I buy these any time I see them for a good price ($40 or less) because they have so many uses!  Of course, they can be paired with a chair to make it a little comfier, but they can also be tucked under tables, or used as extra seating or a side table in a pinch.  This one was clearly wearing some fabric from another decade, so it needed a simple footstool slipcover to match my house…

Footstool slipcover Miss Mustard Seed

I used some leftover Aviary Toile since it was going in the master bedroom.  I wanted to tuck it under the melodeon to help hide the air vent and outlet a little more while still allowing airflow and access.

I already have a tutorial for making a slipcover for a footstool or ottoman and you can find that HERE.  I made this one the same way, but I just didn’t add a skirt.  Instead, I folded the raw edges under and pressed them, so they stay tucked under.

And here is how it looks in place…

Footstool slipcover Miss Mustard Seed

We also hung some antique shutters that have been hanging in the garage since our move and hung some ironstone platters on either side.  This visually fills up the wall without blocking traffic or the vent.

I’m trying the horse up there for now, but might switch it out for a plant in a large basket or something like that.  I just haven’t been able to go out and browse, so I used what I had on hand.

Footstool slipcover Miss Mustard Seed

It’s a sweet little stool that turned out great (and yes, mom, I ironed it when I got the iron out for another project!)

Footstool slipcover Miss Mustard Seed

That project was making a slipcover for the chaise in the master bedroom.  When I cut out the pieces for the footstool I also cut and sewed all of the piping for the chaise.  It is a lot of piping!

Since then, I have been working on the slipcover in pieces.   I made the cover for the large cushion last week and will be working on the small cushion and body of the slipcover this week.  Well, that’s the plan.  This week is slipping away and I’ve been making a push to get work done in the yard and garden.

Oh, and thanks for all of the gardening advice on yesterday’s post.  It has been so helpful and informative!



  1. Susan Manbeck

    I recovered a foot stool exactly like yours that I bought for $4. It was my first try and I didn’t have a pattern or tutorial. Just used the old pieces as a pattern. Mine didn’t.turn out nearly as good as yours, but it was my first try and I was happy. Love your blog.

  2. Cynthia

    I laughed when I saw your comment about ironing the fabric on little stool. I am of your mother’s generation and that was my first thought when I saw the bench up close. I have been a follower of your blog for years and so admire your energy and artistic talent.

    • sandi

      Yup, that was one of the first things they taught you in sewing class, – always press the fabric and always, always the seams as you go along. Makes a world of difference in the end. From the ‘older’ generation, too!!

      • Pam

        That’s too funny about your comment to your mom!!
        My grandmother gave me sewing lessons and the teacher always let us know to iron and iron again(well maybe not again?)
        Love your site!!!

    • Mary J Beadles

      I concur with energy and artistic talent. I too have followed your blog for a couple of years. YOU ARE A talented young lady!!

  3. Graham

    I see your rocking horse is on the move again- for a wooden horse he does get around! Everything looks great- you go girl!

  4. beverlee lyons

    I love it and I have one to do. I even have the fabric, just don’t want to do it. I need your fabric to be motivated….
    I am amazed at all you do.

  5. Jacki

    Love it, and what a great idea. I like your wall arrangement too. Where did you get the pretty white throw with blue stripes? Thank you!

  6. Cheryl

    So dang cute! Love it.

  7. Patty Jaeger

    DON’T.CHANGE.A .THING, it’s perfect.

  8. Diane

    Beautiful, we were gifted a bunch of these and thought I would never use them, but they move around the house!

  9. Judy Karlson

    I too love the horse and the shutters and the whole collection you’ve just shared! A plant in a basket would be a nice splash of green against the shutters also. It’s nice to have several options. I am fairly new to your blog but always look for your projects the first thing before other emails. So inspiring!

  10. Leah

    I now have a very strong desire to buy Aviary Toile.

  11. Julie | Home On The Hill

    Yes, love that fabric, just the right tone of blue in the pattern, perfectly busy enough without being too much & your stool looks so nice with that cover, I like the ‘no skirt’ look on it.

    I think your idea of a plant on the melodeon will look great when you are able to go shopping for one again. 🙂

  12. jean

    You are a sewing demon! Do you find that you move from one type of creative platform to another – crocheting, sewing, painting, drawing, planning, cooking – in phases? I think I tend to do that. When I get tired of knitting I move to painting, etc. I’m trying, though, to paint every day to build up a practice with intention and focus. That primarily so I can improve some and see a difference.

    And because I can’t keep all these different activities out at the same time. Not enough space.

    Whatever you touch, though, you do so with mastery. Such an inspiration!

    • Marian Parsons

      Definitely! That’s one reason why I like what I do. I can change it up from day-to-day…paint, crochet, sew, upholster, design, style & take photos, or there are days when I do more writing, photo editing, working on social media, the blog, editing the podcast or videos…the list goes on. I enjoy mixing it up and I will never be an assembly line.

  13. Lynn

    Just love that horse!!! He looks great there!!

  14. Kim

    Was the horse always an Appaloosa? I never noticed the spots on his tear before. I love it.

    • Marian Parsons

      Very good eye! This is actually my second horse like this. I ended up selling the first horse and bought another to replace it. The first one was not an Appaloosa. This one is! 🙂

  15. Jeannie

    That footstool looks great. Love your wooden horse there. But I like that horse ANYWHERE. I have one—not old but handmade & I love it. It’s usually on my dining room table & sometimes on the trunk-coffee table in the living room. I really would like to have your energy & creativeness. (I’m a lot older than you are & I’ve slowed down a bit!)

    Love your projects.

  16. Kim

    Was the horse always an Appaloosa? I never noticed the spots on his rear before. I love it.

  17. Gayle Fansler

    I love the horse on that table. Everything you do looks really great. You just have that certain touch.

  18. Kristine

    Beautiful, simple, pretty!! I love it – totally! The whole look is a warm, real, and comfortable feeling! And it’s just so darn pretty! I try not to be negative but I really am so done with what I see on so-called ‘on trend’ blogs of so-called ‘influencers’. And I better stop there before I REALLY let loose. It’s just so refreshing to see originality and creativity so beautifully presented.

  19. Mary S

    I love that horse and he’s in the perfect place. The shutters, horse, platters and the newly covered stool are PERFECT together. I would say they have all found a home together. LOVE THT HORSE!!

  20. Meemaw

    You not only have great gifts but energy to implement them. I had a bleeding stroke and 6week coma and have almost no sense of balance. My mind is with you but I lack energy to do it. My walker is not my friend because I fight it! Keep up the great work. I am sure you sleep well unless your mind plans all the things you want to do😊😊

  21. Carolyn

    I absolutely LOVE the shutters with the horse! The textures and contrast are amazing. And your stool is beautiful.

  22. Kate

    I hope you aren’t offended by the following observation because I’m not meaning to be snarky. I would never know from the inside of your house how ordinary and suburban your house is on the outside (yesterday’s post). It’s a real tribute to your decorating abilities that you’ve created a lovely cocoon for your family. It’s like an old friend of mine used to say about VW bugs – “They’re bigger on the inside.”

    • Marian Parsons

      Oh, I think that’s a lovely compliment! 🙂 Our home is a nice, but beige and fairly typical suburban home. It has a great layout, though, and some very nice details. I knew that with some cosmetic changes, this house could suit my taste well. I hope it’s an inspiration to others that they can do the same!

  23. Stacey A

    I love seeing the horse make a journey around your home. Every time you switch things up it feels fresh again and you appreciate your things in a new light. That’s what makes decorating fun for me: playing with my accessories/ colors/fabrics and making little vignettes. Big girl toys, I guess….

  24. Marylisa

    The footstool looks great. I also pick thump along my journeys because they can help for extra seating as well as a design statement.

  25. Pam

    Oh one more thing, can you recommend a good site for buying toile at reasonable prices?

  26. JaneS

    I am heartsick for our country but so grateful that my husband of 44 years and our children and grandchildren, one of whom had Covid, one in the USMC, are doing well. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming. I am thankful for my many, many blessings.

  27. Kayla

    What a sweet giveaway! I’m thankful for my mother. She’s my very best friend and incredibly encouraging. She’s always willing to help others, she’s a true blessing in my life.

  28. JaneS

    Oops. I’m on my iPhone and wound up on the wrong post for my “grateful” comment above.

  29. Sharon

    I am so thankful for my family and I feel blessed by them. Most importantly I am thankful for my Lord Jesus Christ and His unconditional love!

  30. Argelia Brown

    I am so thankful for my family and friends and that they remain healthy and safe! I’m also thankful for the quiet moments that I’m able to have first thing in the morning and feel blessed to have my health!


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