Great Bar Stool Upcycle – Finale, Finito, Finished!

Ok guys – we do have the finished product of the Great Bar Stool Upcycle.

Actually I finished them a few weeks ago, but crazy times – took me this long to post the final in the series!  For new readers, I do have a step-by-step guide to transforming my bar stools here.

So, we were up to covering the stools.  I covered mine in two different fabrics, but from the same range.  You can buy it here.

So.  I measured the circumference and depth of the seat (added my 1.5cm seam allowance) and then cut a circle and side strip to size.

I used quilting weight fabric, so to make the seat fabric  a bit stronger, I also used curtain lining/canvas to line the seat top and side (I highly recommend doing this.)

 Photos are a little dodgy!  Am sorry for that!

I also added contrasting piping to my seats.  For a quick piping tutorial, go have a looksie here.

I then sewed the side strips to the top panel, sandwiching the piping. Again – more on piping how-to can be found here.

And look!  Here it is over my stool cushion.

Now for the fun (but slightly scary) step.  Staple-gunning.  Just make sure that the staple gun is pointing AWAY from you at all times – and that your husband is nowhere around (my hubby had a bit too much fun with it – we had staples hitting the back wall of the garage!)

Anyway, we stretched the bottom of the side strip quite tightly around the base of the stool seat and stapled it in.  (It’s a bit messy underneath, with stray paint and all – but really who will see it?)

Actually, we stretched it too tightly.  I had to undo some of the staples in the end because the piping was being pulled down onto the side of the cushion.  So just be careful not to pull it too tightly.  Firmly is a better word.  Yes, firmly.

And here they are.  My new old bar stools.  I’ve given you a Before and After shot – so you can truly appreciate The Grand Masterpieces.  Well, my new freshly refurbed stools anyway!


Bar Stool



How to Make and Insert Piping

Piping is cool and good.  It’s also a heck of a nice way to edge stuff – especially cushions.

And did you know that it’s kinda easy to make?

Here’s a quick Piping Tutorial:

Cut & Make Piping

  1. Cut bias strips to make piping.  To do this lay your piping fabric out flat.  Fold one corner of the fabric up to form a 45° line.

2.  Mark and cut 2” wide strips along the 45° angle side.  Cut enough strips so that when joined together, there will be enought to edge your project piece.

3.  Attach the bias strips, by placing ends at right angles and sewing across on a 45° angle:

Then trim excess fabric:

Iron flat:

Wrap your bias strip around piping (right side of fabric facing out) and pin together.

Using your zipper foot, line your right hand fabric edge with the right side of the zipper foot and sew.  Note: Do not sew too close to the cord (yet).

When you sew the piping into your project, you’ll sew as close as you can to the cord (this way, no stitching will be seen in the finished product).

Attach Piping:

Matching raw edges, attach your piping to the right side of Fabric A.  Using a 1cm seam allowance, sew all layers together (you still don’t want to sew too close to the cord – that step is coming up.)

Join ends of piping:  This is NEAT!

With a seam ripper, undo 1” of stitching on one end of the piping.  Cut the cording back to meet the point to where you have unpicked the stitching.

 Fold a small hem on this end of the piping, then place it to meet other end & wrap over – so you have a nice join, ready to sew.  Pin in place.

Sandwich Your Piping:

With right sides together, pin Fabric B to Fabric A, sandwiching the piping in between.  Now for the tricky part.  Using your zipper foot, stitch together.  You won’t be able to see the piping, so you’ll need to go by feel.  The good news is that it is very forgiving – you can always go back and sew closer to the piping if necessary.

Final Product:

If you’d like to learn more about piping and make these fabulous floor cushions, you can buy the pattern here – or you can join us in an Oh Sew Rosy Floor Cushion Class (if you live in Gold Coast / Brisbane area).

Or leave me a comment – I’m very happy to help!

Amy x