Craft Ideas for Fabric-Covered Footstools

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Craft Ideas for Fabric-Covered Footstools
A busy pattern on its upholstery makes the footstool a standout accessory in the room. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Relieve tired feet at the end of the day while propping them up proudly on a hand-designed footstool. Decide the look of the footstool based on the overall design of the room, whether formal, country or quirky. Look at the theme of the room, the plants and the accessories to decide whether the footstool should be a main focal piece or a quiet accessory. While red is bold, blue and green are calmer colours.

Quilted Top

Quilt the cover for the footstool. Choose a quilt block that combines colours in the room in the pieces of the quilt. Modern quilt-top options include solid bold colours cut in geometric shapes and sewn together. Applique the top by choosing a solid background and deciding what pattern of applique to sew, such as birds, flowers or trees.

Knitted Cover

Knit or crotchet the top of the footstool. Durable materials that withstand the stress of regular use are cotton and pure wool. Use only one colour of yarn to knit the top of the footstool to create a balanced rhythm with the rest of the room. Choose colours that won't show stains, such as emerald green, royal blue or crimson red.


Take advantage of a small piece of upholstery to work as a major piece in accessorising the room through its display on the footstool. Complex and busy patterns often work less well on large pieces such as the couch; choose these patterns to cover the smaller footstool instead. Floral, sailing, polka dots and animal patterns are just a few patterns from which you may choose.


Satisfy cravings for plush elegance by covering the footstool in velvet. Thicker velvets can withstand regular use better than thinner ones. Choose bold, deep colours in red, purple or even black. Baste the edges of the velvet prior to attaching it to the footstool to prevent the edges from unravelling.

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