Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ottomans, Tuffets, Whatever~U-Call~Its

This post is just for Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special linky party. {I apologize for the quality of the pictures beforehand; the sun has been going in and out, plus I can take some really bad pictures without even trying}.

Several years ago {before blogs were even born}, I fell in love with MacKenzie-Childs' Tuffets. Knowing that I should not, could not and would not pay $1,200.00 for something like this, I decided I would try to make my own tuffet. This is what I came up with:

I made a few of these and even sold one or two.

I even finished off the underside.

To make something like this, you need: plywood cut into a round {mine is 21"}; decorative legs {I used to buy mine off eBay}; about 2 yards of fabric; trim of your choice; paint; screws to attach the legs to the round; foam; batting {to cover over the foam}; and staples and staple gun.

I used to paint the legs first and let them dry before getting into the fabric part. I chose paint colors that came from the fabric and tried to play up whatever was going on in the legs.

If that's too much work for you to wrap your mind around, here is a small and quick version.

This is a plain, unfinished wood stool that I bought at Joann's. I also purchased a travel pillow ~ it fit the top perfectly. I didn't get the fabric or trim there, although you could probably get everything you need from there.

Again, I tried to match the paint to the fabric and painted the stool first {in this case stripes that I taped off}.

I then stapled around the edges of the pillow, just to hold it in place. Placed my fabric on top of the pillow, pulled tight {making sure, in this case, the stripes were straight} and stapled it underneath. I finished off by hot gluing the trim around the edge.

It sits just under that end table in the picture, and I usually pull it out when we have kids over to visit. They love it and think it is a seat just for them.

New giveaway posting tomorrow!


Anonymous said...

Adorable! I can see this in almost every room of my house! Beautiful work!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

These are impressive! I love that you even finished off the underside. So cute. I want one!

Gail said...

Oh I just love that! Thanks for the tutorial. I'll have to put that on my "To Do List".


cindy@cottageinstincts said...

Well now,how adorable are those? My sis would swoon for one in her office (actually a classroom as she's a teacher) because she must put her feet up under her desk due to leg issues. I think I see a Christmas present in her future :o)
Thanks for sharing!

KimMalk said...

Nice! I, too, like MacKenzie Childs (sp??). Great job picking out colors!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Those are fun pieces! You are one handy and talented lady. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Muy bonito!!!

Heathahlee said...

Oh, Kathy, you make it sound so easy! I have an ottoman that has been languishing naked down in my craft room because I haven't had time to figure out how to recover it! : )

Yours are so cute!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thank you, Kelly! I really enjoyed making them. My son has one in his room and I made one for my daughter, which she then took with her to her new apartment. All different fabrics, legs and paint colors.

Thank you, Beth! : )

If your to do list is like mine, Gail, it just continues to grow!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh yes, Cindy, the small one would be great for her and they really are so simple to make. The painting of the foot stool takes the longest.

Thank you, Kim! I think that's one of my favorite parts ~ besides picking out the fabric and trim.

Thanks, Marian! These are from several years ago. When I was a SAHM I loved doing stuff like this ~ all the time!

Anonymous said...

Great job Kathy and your attention to detail? OMG! :-) So cute the way you painted the stripe to coordinate with the fabric.
pk @ Room Remix

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

@ Atelier de Charo ~ Gracias! : )

Heathalee ~ I got hubby to help me with cutting the wood and attaching the legs. I really loved seeing them when they were totally done ~ every one I made was different.

Barbara Jean said...

Too adorably sweet.

barbara jean

Moore Minutes said...

Wow!! Beautiful. You are GOOD. :) I love all the attention to detail too.

Unknown said...

I love mackenzie childs too, but too expensive. have made a few things around my house with there stuff for inspiration. You should make more of those stools and sell them... mishelle

~T~ said...

So cute!
Visiting from SITS. Have a blessed day.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks, PK! When I did the ones for my kids, I let them choose the fabric from the stash I had on hand. They both came out really cute!

Thank you, Barbara Jean!

Thank you L! I wish I had the time to do things like this now!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks, Mishelle! I'm sure they are the reason I got hooked on harlequin patterns! I did make them to sell several years ago, but then I went back to work, so I couldn't put the time into them anymore.

Hi Tonya! Thanks for visiting!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh my! This caught me by complete surprise! I love the originality of your pieces! Such fun cute details! Like a little festival for the eyes.

Thanks for linking up to the party!

Funky Junk Donna

Proper Prim said...

Those are adorable... I have been passing up stools lately... not anymore... I love that you used the travel pillow so much easier... great ideas and wonderul results.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks, Donna! It was fun linking up and seeing everyone's posts, too.

@Proper Prim ~ Yes, I think the smaller stool might be easier for some. It is also less cost involved and you could probably use whatever paint, fabric and/or trim you have on hand.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely darling! I love your attention to detail.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Susan! I had to do the bottom ~ it would have bothered me {even though who's going to see it}. I did the same thing on the little one, too.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Hi Kathy!

Your stool just got a shoutout from SNS #1. :)

Funky Junk Donna

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