“How to Upcycle your Dressing Table Stool.....”

Whilst you apply your daily skincare routine with your Upcircle Beauty products, it is not only your skin that can get a facelift! With vintage furniture and recycling on the UP, as more people come out the other side of Lockdown with a newly learnt creative skill and a new found sense of well-

Here is a step-by-step guide to recovering that shabby looking stool – of course, in the most sustainable, stylish way in keeping with both our brand values……

Tools Check-List

Fabric (fire retardant)
Fabric Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle
Thread
Paint (if needed to repair marks)
Fabric Pins
Measuring Tape
Stapler and staples
Pliers

 

1. Preparation
Decide on the stool you are going to give some love too (take a ‘before’ photo for self-appreciation purposes)
• Repair any scratches/chips with a touch up of paint (tip; recommend fusion mineral paint, a like-minded eco-conscious brand , which is non-toxic and available in an array of gorgeous colours)
Remove any existing staples with pliers ton create a smooth surface
Choose your desired fabric material and colour (the fun part!)

Tip; pre-order fabric swatches first as buying online without touching/feeling always brings up unexpected surprises! Most fabric houses online offer free sample service

When selecting colour I strongly advise bold, bright colours to create a statement piece especially in a bedroom stool. I’m an avid fan of colour well-being and bringing colour to our homr can really have positive emotional impact on our daily happiness. Have fun and experiment with vibrant velvets, colourful prints or eco-friendly materials!

 

Pre-order Fabric Swatches; I have used Plush Velvet material in Daffodil from Warwick Fabrics

Ensure you order a Fire Retardant fabric to comply with Fire and Safety Regulations or if the material is 70% natural fibre you can use a schedule 3 interliner- for more info on this please read https://www.fira.co.uk/images/FIRA-Flammability-Guide-PDF-with-links.pdf
Measure the dimensions and ensure you order enough material; always go bigger if in doubt!
Check the quality of the foam – replace if needed

 

2. Execution

Strip the existing material very carefully – using sew pick & scissors and keep in-tact as much as possible as you’ll be using this for the pattern
Pin the pattern pieces (of the old material) to the new fabric (tip; strategically layout to ensure you are using maximum use of the fabric to minimize waste)

 

Cut out the fabric ensuring you have allowed for seam allowance (1.5cm each side)
Pin the seat pattern (top) to the edge (side) with the front side materials facing inwards together
Using a sewing machine, sew together the pinned pieces allowing the 1.5cm from the edge  and using a tonal thread colour

 

Turn the sewn-together piece the correct way up (front facing material)
Pull through any loose threads with a needle to ensure no threads are visible

 

3. Finalisation
Pull the fabric over the stool seating area

Tip; this may appear tight to begin with but keep slowly easing the fabric over the seat area, do not pull. The best upholstery fits like a glove

If it is a little too big or a little too small first time round; no problem, re-stitch adjusting the seam allowance accordingly 

Cut a V-shape around the stool legs

       

Neatly fold the material above the leg
Wrap the excess over-hang material underneath the bottom of the stool
Secure the material in place with a heavy duty stapler (under-side)
Sit comfortably on your newly upcycled upholstered make-UPstool and apply your UPcircle beauty products !!

Happy Upcycling and Upholstering!

Louise  x

Founder, Upcycled Upholstery

 

 

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