Thursday, November 21, 2013

"V" is for Vanity Stool & Slipcover

Build & sew: kids play vanity stool and slipcover

Make this kids size vanity stool using Ana White's play table stools plans here and then sew your own slipcover.

Perfect for a kids play vanity:

The plans for the vanity will be coming tomorrow but today I'll share how I made the vanity stool and slipcover complete with piping detail on the seat portion and a gathered skirt:

I used wood scraps to make the stool but if you had to purchase the lumber it would cost less than $10.
And the fabric for the slipcover I had on hand (you probably need about 2 yards total).
I bought the premade foam cushion for $12:

I know a few little girls who would love to make use of this play vanity and stool:

How to make a kids vanity stool and slipcover:

1. Build the stool.
Use Ana White's plans here but modify the leg length to 12 1/2" and the seat piece to 12" diameter:

Check for fit, see how the elastic hugs the seat:

3. Cut your fabric:

For the slipcover:

1 - 13" diameter circle (main seat piece)
1 - 16"w x 82"l (skirt)
1 - 2 1/2" x 45" bias cut (seat side edge) - not pictured

piping (if desired, if not skip to Step 5):
1 - 1" x 90" (bias cut)
1/8" cording @ 90"

4. Make the piping by folding the bias cut strip in half over the cording, use a zipper foot and stitch closed:

5. Attach the side seat edge piece to the main seat circle with the piping (if desired) in between:

Sew all around the edge with a 1/2" seam allowance:

Be sure to fold over the beginning edge 1/2" prior to stitching to create a finished look:

6. Check for fit:

7. Prepare the skirt be stitching a long zig zag across the 82" edge:

8. GENTLY tug one of the threads to make the gathered edge:

9. If desired, attach second line of piping to bottom edge of side piece.

10. Pin gathered skirt in place distributing evenly all around the side edge:

Then sew in place using 1/2" seam allowance.

11. Place slipcover back over cushion on stool and pin hem.
(I marked the hem at 13" from base of side to floor.)

12. Turn raw edge of hem under two times, 1/2" each and top stitch.

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  1. The stool is just darling. I would love to make one.

  2. Cute, cute , cute!!!! And so well done, i want one!