More, More, More

People tend to give me the crazy eyebrow when I tell them I sit on a massage stool when I sew.

It wasn’t always the case. I previously used a big ol’ office chair with arm rests and a high back and everything. What I found was that the arm rests got in the way and I never sat far enough back to take advantage of the back rest.

A massage stool just made more sense for me. But it was kind of … boring. Plain.

Not anymore.

As part of the big studio re-do, I decide to make a little slipcover for the stool. It took virtually no time at all to make. The biggest challenge was making sure my measurements were right (and the attention to detail paid off because it was a perfect fit.

I measured across the top and then drafted a circle 1/2″ larger to account for the seam allowance and any mistakes in measuring. I cut strips 2″ longer than the depth of the stool to give me enough width for the seam allowance and also to create a casing for the elastic drawstring that holds the cover to the chair.

Cut everything out, finished the raw edge of the rectangle, sewed it into a circle, pinned it to the top, sewed it, then made the drawstring casing and boom! Done!

25 Replies to “More, More, More”

  1. Well aren’t you clever!!! You studio re-do is looking amazingly cute! Love the pillows and your sewing machine covers in the background too. I can’t wait to see the finished room!!!

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  2. That is ever so cute! And to be able to slip it off and wash is great. I use an Ikea chair and it has wheels on it as well. I find the wheels a great help, especially when I drop things and can wheel back to pick it up.

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  3. That is awesome! I love that fabric, too!

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  4. I think sitting on a stool is a great idea, I think I need one ๐Ÿ™‚ Your stool cover is brilliant!

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  5. Love it! Right now I’m sitting in an old armchair in a corner in my bedroom with a portable table. I look forward to the day I’ll have a sewing space!

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  6. I think a massage stool is a perfect answer. I used to have a vintage one, probably a doctors stool, but I got annoyed with the not-so-smooth-wheel action, so I sold it. Wheels are definitely a must for crafty or office goodness. Now I have a vintage desk chair with a small back on it with wheels that I enjoy, but you got me thinking about the massage stool again….hmmmmm. Keeping my eye out… I like that you covered it, I’ve been planning to paint mine (it’s vinyl) and is screaming “paint me, paint me.” Now, to ‘just do it’ as Nike says.

  7. That is an awesome idea. In my sewing room where space is at a premium I may just have to “borrow” that idea if you don’t mind.

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  8. This is great! I have 4 bar stools that I need to do the same thing…now I know how! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Cute Cute!! It’s so fancy now…and it looks very comfortable to boot! I sew using an old wooden Postal Desk Chair…which is actually quite comfortable, but not as cute as yours!

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  10. That fabric is awesome! I can imagine it’s a lot of fun sewing on such a stool. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Awesome – I just LOVE the fabric you choose for your projects! So fresh and bold and comfy-looking too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. You’re having fun with this makeover, aren’t you?! Everything looks great and I can totally understand why the stool is better than a chair. Easier to cover too.

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  13. I love you site. and I know your sewing camp was a month ago but I so wish I could have been one of your campers. Sounds like they would have sewn me right under a table though! lol

  14. Very nice…I’m using office chairs. And you’re right: they arms get in the way. The stool would be perfect…and would roll under my counter-top sewing stations.

    –mike

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  15. cute idea!! i’ve used so many different chairs over the years… i just switch here and there… and even thought it doesn’t have a back i hear that massage stools are comfortable… so i may have to try it!

  16. I love this so much! I’ve got to get some of this fabric!

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  17. OMG! Perfect fabric. Love this! I sew in an executive chair which is really cumbersome. I hope to get a new chair soon.

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  18. LOVE IT! The fabric is such a good choice!

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  19. Wow, that’s lovely! I solved the armchair problem by reclining on a sofa with a (I think it’s called) boyfriend pillow behind my shoulders.

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