How to make a slipcover for a footstool

Footstools tend to get a lot of wear and tear from feet resting on the surface or people using them for a chair. Making a slipcover for a footstool revitalises a piece that looks worn or has outdated fabric. This process allows you to save money by extending the life of the piece of furniture. Making a footstool slipcover requires minimal sewing and only one piece of fabric for completion.

Calculate the length measurement of the footstool from the floor on the long end of the footstool, up the side, over the top and down the opposite side to the floor. Add 1 inch to the measurements for the hem.

Calculate the width measurement of the footstool from the floor on the short end of the footstool, up the side, over the top and down to the floor on the opposite side. Add 1 inch to the measurement for the hem.

Cut out a piece of fabric using the two measurements taken. The fabric will be either a square or rectangle, depending on the shape of the footstool.

Drape the fabric over the footstool so the right side faces down and the side fabric drapes evenly. Pull the corner points out and pin the fabric along the edge of the footstool to mark the sewing location. The excess fabric on each corner will be in the shape of a triangle.

Remove the fabric from the footstool and sew along the pinned marking. Remove all pins and cut off excess fabric, leaving a 1/2-inch salvage. Seam finish the edge with a zigzag or serged stitch.

Turn under the bottom edge 1/4 inch to the wrong side of the fabric. Pin or iron the fold to hold it in place. Fold over another 1/2 inch to create a hem. Secure the bottom hem by sewing close to the inside edge.


Choose a washable fabric to make a low-maintenance slipcover for the footstool, and wash and dry the fabric before sewing in order to preshrink it.

Things You'll Need

  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Medium-weight fabric
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron (optional)
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Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.