The kitchen stool slipcover tutorial from my August 17 post was requested so here goes:
This is the stool that I wanted to slipcover. I used some left over drop cloth fabric that I already had.
This crude sketch was what I hoped to accomplish.
First I made a pattern of the top of the stool. I added about a ¼ inch all the way around for a hem. In hindsight, that was not enough because the thickness of the fabric makes the top of the slipcover fit too tightly on the stool. I should have added ½ inch all the way around.
I cut a circle out of the fabric for the top of the slipcover.
Since I wanted the sides to be about 3 inches long, I cut a 4 inch wide strip to allow for seams. To determine how long I needed to make the strip, I used geometry. The circumference of a circle is p d (pi times the diameter). To make it easier, just measure the finished diameter of the stool, which is the distance across the top of the stool, and multiply it by 3.14. I used that distance and added about an inch for seams.
I sewed that strip around the edge of the circle and this is what it looked like.
For the ruffle, I wanted about an inch to show but because I was doubling it, it had to be 2 inches plus the seam allowance. I cut a strip about 3 inches wide. I folded the strip in half the long way and did a pleated ruffle as I pinned it to the edge.
After I sewed the ruffle to the bottom, I ran a top stitch along the seam to keep the seam from unraveling.
Here is the finished product.
This was my first foray into slipcovering but it was an easy project. I hope someday to slipcover one of my sofas but will probably do a chair first. I have to thank all the wonderful gals in blogland for sharing their slipcover projects and their tutorials.