Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Simple and Sweet

Wahoo it's the first day of Spring!!! If only we could get a touch of spring like weather around these areas it would be great. It is so darn cold it hard to get motivated to even get out of the house. Anyway I guess I should be content with the weather when I am getting things accomplished inside. Not to long ago I found this little footstool and thought it was the cutest little shape, I wasn't so fond of the color and how boring it was. I took it home and of course I went to work trying to make it look a little bit more feminine and shabby.

I went to the fabric store and purchased some burlap. I only bought a yard because of the size of this little foot stool, but in the end I could have saved myself some time by purchasing a little bit more. I plopped the stool on top of the fabric upside down and cut out a circle about a 1/2 inch bigger than the top of the stool for seam allowance when sewing on the side. I then cut out two strips to fit the circumference of the stool because I didn't have enough burlap for only one strip to go around the entire thing. As I said previously it would have saved me sometime to buy a little bit more burlap, but none the less it worked out just as well. I sewed the two strips together and cut out two strips of some off-white fabric I had laying around the house. I cut them out twice as long as the piece of burlap that was going around the sides of the stool so that I could form ruffles with it. I then sewed the sides to the top which wasn't the easiest thing working with burlap that is really stiff. So the seams at the top connecting the sides may not look perfect but I think it fits the look of the entire piece. It's shabby and chic right? At least that's the way I like to look at it when everything doesn't look super precise. : )

I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening and week!!!


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  1. That is SO pretty! I just did a post on Spring ( covered in snow )
    Think I should attempt one of these lol
    Beautiful job!

  2. oh this is ruffles and burlap. Good choice!

  3. So gorgeous!Love fabrics and the sweet black bird!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  4. SO lovely! Happy to have found your blog :)

  5. Oh I love this! I have a square one I need to re-do. Thanks for sharing!
    I visiting from Monday Funday. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  6. This is perfect! Love the burlap and the ruffles!


  7. What a cute little trim - it looks great!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. Love this project! Gotta love burlap and ruffles! How did you put the sweet birdie on the fabric? I'm always looking for great transfer methods! Catherine (new follower)

  9. This is beautiful! You can't lose with ruffles and burlap! Thanks so much for linking this up to Monday Funday!

  10. Really cute! I love burlap. Your little hassock brought back memories of a game my sister and I used to play on Saturday mornings. We would jump from one hassock to another and if you landed on one before someone knocked it away, you made points. Oh the imagination of two bored kids! By the way, I am your newest follower and would love for you to visit me at Still Woods Farmhouse.

  11. What a creative idea. Love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  12. So cute! I love a little burlap and ruffles! Thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays.