Upcycling A Foot Stool

I saw this dress in a charity shop and fell in love with the embroidered pattern.  I bought it for £3.25 but when I tried it on it was too short (no-one needs to see my knees). Normally I would re-donate but this time I was desperate to hold onto it for the fabric.  Then I had this brainwave – I could cover this old footstool that was gathering dust in my office.

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My dad was an upholsterer so luckily I have inherited a whole load of upholstery tacks.  All I needed to do was cut up the dress and tack it on to the foot stool pad.  Et voila! A pretty boho stool for my living room!

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It really is worth charity shopping with an open mind as you never know what you might end up with.

 

 

39 thoughts on “Upcycling A Foot Stool

  1. I rely on our local charity shop a lot for fabrics – if you get some of the larger sized dresses you can get a good few metres of usable fabric for only a few quid! 🙂

  2. I love little find like this from charity shops, especially when they have the potential to be more and you get to do a bit of DIY! Love the “new” stool!

  3. I really didn’t like that pattern as a top but when used as material for your footstool it looks really elegant. Great job!

  4. I wish I was as creative. I have a feeling that i would be able to do it but I wouldn’t want to ruin the fabric or get it wrong. I would defo like to try this one day though.
    Thanks so much for sharing hun
    Charlotte x

  5. I have a feeling that i would be able to do it but I wouldn’t want to ruin the fabric or get it wrong. I would defo like to try this one day though.
    Thanks so much for sharing hun
    Charlotte x

  6. You are so brave Christine – I love the charity shops, but I can never bring myself to cut things up or adapt them. I need to get confident with my scissors now I’ve seen your inspiring project x

  7. Wow you are really talented to make something so stylish!

    Charity shops have such good finds these days! It’s great that you can get a little back from helping great causes!

    If you’re interested in Charity shopping, I’ve just written a review on Octavia Foundation, Tooting. Have a read and spread the word on the good work that they do: tootinghustle.wordpress.com

    Happy blogging x

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