Do you want to keep your piano stool looking fabulous? Using a piano stool cover is the best solution. But you don't have to pay a fortune for a cover when you can simply make one yourself. Making a piano stool cover requires very basic sewing skills and can be accomplished in 1 to 2 hours.
Unfold your newspaper and take out one sheet. Lay out the sheet of newspaper on a flat surface.
Turn your piano stool upside down so that the rounded seat is on the newspaper. Before you begin tracing your pattern, understand that the circle you trace needs to be about ½-inch bigger than the actual stool.
With your pen, carefully trace onto the newspaper ½-inch away from the edge of the stool all the way around.
Once the pattern is traced, remove the piano stool. Cut the traced circle out of the newspaper. Label your circle "Top" and set that piece aside.
Put your piano stool right side up, adjusting it to the level you comfortably sit at.
Grab a fresh piece of newspaper. Wrap the piece of newspaper to create a "tube" around your stool. If the newspaper sheet is not large enough, tape two pieces together.
Fit your "tube" to the widest part, which is usually the legs. When your tube is constructed, you only want ½-inch of overlap. Clip the tube in place and mark a ½-inch overlap line on the excess newspaper.
Before removing the tube, mark the height. To allow for the hem and seam, the height of your tube should be 1 1/2 inches taller than your piano stool. Use your pen to mark this line around the top of your tube.
Once your cutting lines have been drawn, remove your tube from the stool. Take away the paper clips and unroll the tube so it lies flat with the markings facing up.
Cut along the lines you marked with the scissors. Label your rectangle "Body." Also mark the top and the sides of the rectangle
Before buying fabric, think about your purpose for the cover. Purchase a sturdy and durable fabric that will protect your stool. Also, purchase a fabric that matches your decor or your image.
Pre-wash and iron out your fabric as needed.
Lay your fabric flat on a surface suitable for cutting. Pin your pattern pieces to the fabric: (TIP: If your fabric has a particular print, such as stripes, place your pattern pieces carefully so that the cut pieces will display the print appropriately.)
Make sure your pattern pieces are pinned as flat as possible. Pin in the corners/edges of your pattern, but don't let the pins stick out over the pattern edge.
Carefully cut out your fabric pieces.
Load your bobbin with matching thread. Thread your machine.
With right sides together, pin the "sides" of the "Body" piece together.
Sew the "sides" together with a ¼-inch seam.
Gather stitch on the top of the "body" piece ¼-inch from the top edge. Pull the thread from the gather stitch and prepare to fit the tubelike "Body" to the "Top."
With the top of the "Body" piece gathered to fit the edges of the "Top," pin right sides together. It is easier to sew if you pin and sew the "Top" on top of the gathered "Body."
Sew the "Top" to the "Body" with a ¼-inch seam. Work slowly during this process. Keep an eye on your material so that you are only sewing one layer of the "Top" to one layer of the gathered "Body."
Once sewn, use your scissors to cut little notches into the seam allowance connecting the "Top" to the "Body." Do not cut past your sewn seam, only in the seam allowance. Cut several little notches all-around the seam allowance. These notches will help your fabric lay smoothly.
Turn your cover right side out. Check your seams to make sure they are secure.
Place your cover on to your piano stool. With sewing pins nearby, start evenly folding the hem under and pinning in place.
Once your hemline is evenly pinned, take the cover off of your stool.
Carefully iron your hem line and adjust pins as needed. Be careful not to melt pins. Sew the hem with a 1/2 to 1-inch seam allowance.
Be aware of the maintenance of whichever fabric you choose. Natural fibres, such as cotton, can be easily cleaned. Remember that natural fibres shrink after the initial wash; therefore, you should wash before cutting. Most fabrics come in either a 45-inch or 60-inch width. Choose the width of your fabric based on the longest measurement of your "Body," (rectangle). While leather, pleather and vinyl all look stylish, the thickness and texture makes them more difficult to sew. Those fabrics are not recommended for the following directions.
Tips and warnings
- Be aware of the maintenance of whichever fabric you choose. Natural fibres, such as cotton, can be easily cleaned. Remember that natural fibres shrink after the initial wash; therefore, you should wash before cutting.
- Most fabrics come in either a 45-inch or 60-inch width. Choose the width of your fabric based on the longest measurement of your "Body," (rectangle).
- While leather, pleather and vinyl all look stylish, the thickness and texture makes them more difficult to sew. Those fabrics are not recommended for the following directions.