If you saw Wednesday’s post, then you know we’re having an indigo moment. The bench in the above pic had been in my garage for eight months (it was in our bedroom in the old house, and it doesn’t fit in our new bedroom). I’d been wanting to reupholster it forever and keep it at the studio, and I finally found a piece of indigo large enough to do so. Once that was done it started a bit of an indigo-upholstery frenzy at the studio and we began to cover everything in indigo. So with a stool that was ready for a new life, and a beautiful piece of indigo batik cloth, we had our next project…
To make your own upholstered stool you’ll need:
-Stool with a seat that staples can go into
-Piece of fabric large enough to cover seat (we picked a fabric with a circular motif so it would look intentional once on the stool)
-Scissors, pins, staple gun
Begin by centering the seat of the stool over the part of the fabric you want to use. Next cut a large circle, big enough to wrap over the edge and under the seat. Recenter the fabric to ensure the placement is right, pinning in place in a few spots if needed. Finish by stapling the fabric to the underside of the seat, pulling the fabric tight and folding over to make neat little pleats around the edge. That’s it! Easy, right?
Since we had left over fabric, we made a planter wrap out of the extra pieces. This is a trick we often use for styling when the planter we’re using doesn’t work for the room. It’s an easy way to change the look of any pot quickly- all you need is a piece of fabric that’s the right size for your pot (or can be cut or folded and pinned to be the right size) and some straight pins. If you want to leave it on for longer than a day, this works best with a pot that’s glazed on the outside, rather than porous, so that water doesn’t seep through the pot into the fabric. You can do this with any fabric- we wrapped a larger pot with another vintage indigo textile, using the fold and pin method so we didn’t have to cut it.
If you’re hankering for more, you’ll find full instructions for the patchwork (boro-inspired) pouf picture in the Maximal Bohemian chapter of The New Bohemians.
And since I just so happened to be wearing an indigo-dyed dress by my girl Jill Aiko Yee I had to hop in this last photo and get all bluhemian with the other indigo yumminess. Happy weekending, friends!
Photography by Danae Horst for The Jungalow.