DIY Ankara African Dutch wax print footstool cushion

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Whenever I have spare time, I like to snoop around thrift shops to get inspired. Recently, I stumbled across this small cane table. Only the top (I guess it must have been from glass) was missing. Despite that, the table was in a good condition.

Initially, I had no need to buy it. That quickly changed the next day when I visualized what I could do with it. All of a sudden, I had an urgent need to get it out of that thrift store ASAP! Because the top of the table was missing, I had this idea to replace it with a cushion instead.

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Supplies:

  • African wax fabric
  • foam rubber
  • a pair of textile scissors
  • a big knife to cut the foam rubber
  • a zipper
  • measuring tape
  • sewing pins
  • a sewing machine
  • textile glue (optional)

To determine how big the cushion should be, start by measuring the width and the depth of the table/stool.

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Now let’s focus on the cushion cover. The cover consists out of 6 pieces of fabric: 2 big pieces (one for the bottom and the other one for the top) 2 long side strips and 2 small side strips.

Measure and cut your fabric. Add an extra inch on the original measurements on all sides. This to make sure you have a seam of 1/2 inch.

Lay the pieces of fabric flat on a table (the right sides of the fabric faces each other) that way it’s easier to see where to attach the sewing pins.

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Attach the two long side strips of fabric and one short side strip around on to one of the big (top) pieces with sewing pins.

To make it easy to sew the corners cut the corners round. In the picture above you can see, I made some notches (which are V-shaped) on the edge of the rounded corner. Repeat this for every corner.

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Leave the bottom open because there you’ll want to add a zipper. Put the zipper in place (facing the right side) by pinning it on the big piece and short side strip. Leave the zipper open.

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Sew everything in place. Rember to allow 1/2 inch for the seam.

Pin the other big (bottom) piece to the sides in the same manner as the top piece. Again, cut the corners round and make notches on the edges. Sew everything in place.

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Cut the foam rubber with a big knife. If the foam isn’t big or long enough, you can add a second piece. Use textile glue or glue spray to make it as one. It’s even better if the foam filling is a little bit bigger than the actual cushion cover. The cushion will then have a fuller look.

Finally, turn your cushion cover inside out and fill it with the foam, zip up and your cushion is ready!

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My Ankara African wax print foot stool is a fact. It’s a nice item to have in your home and it’s a real eye catcher too.

 

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