Way back in May this year, I started making a larger version of my Starfruit Cushion , as a footstool. You may have spotted it in the photos of my stand at Australian Quilt Market. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, so I thought I would do a quick post on it’s vital statistics.
You follow the tutorial method in exactly the same way, but you start with fifteen 9″ squares of upholstery fabric, and sew them up with 1/2″ seam allowances (instead of 1/4″). Squares of this size will not hold their shape unless they are upholstery weight, although if you were determined to use lighter fabrics, then I guess you could interface it. I used dental floss to attach the buttons.
This baby takes a lot of stuffing, (you can see it half-stuffed in the photo above). I used about 1 1/2 to 2 bags, plus a whole lot of rags. The rags are used at the bottom, with stuffing around them so that the footstool doesn’t end up looking lumpy. The rags lend a nice weight to it, considering it is for feet and not meant to be too soft. I used corn based stuffing and it was perfect for this application, with the thicker fabric.
Why don’t you give it a try?
By the way, there is still time to enter the giveaway for a Monster Chef pattern, drawn tomorrow.