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Using a Leather Jacket to Cover a Worn Footstool

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A thriftstore leather jacket can be given new life by using it to recover a footstool. This is a guide about use a leather jacket to cover a worn footstool.


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February 7, 2012

I had a woven footstool that was beginning to come apart. Instead of purchasing expensive reed to re-weave it, I decided to cover it with genuine leather from a secondhand coat I purchased for two bucks! I left the woven part of the stool intact to create stability. The upholstery tacks were 97 cents. Total cost of project - $2.97.

Approximate Time: 2 hours



  1. First, remove the lining from the jacket. I simply cut it out with scissors.
  2. Place the center back of the jacket over the stool to determine how to best cut the jacket.
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  4. While holding the jacket in place, flip the stool over and cut away the excess from the jacket so you will have a manageable piece of leather to work with.
  5. Pull one side of the leather over the wooden support and staple in place using a staple gun.
  6. Flip the stool over, and turn the leather under around the top of the legs so that no raw edges can be seen.
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  8. Do the same on the opposite side; then repeat on each end.
  9. Trim away any excess leather from the bottom.
  10. Next, measure the bottom of the stool and add about 1/2 inch to all four sides to turn under.
  11. Cut a piece of leather this size.
  12. Turn one side under 1/2 inch, and apply upholstery tacks along the edge.
  13. Repeat on other three sides.

By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC

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March 10, 20120 found this helpful

Here's a picture of an old stool that was refurbished using an old leather jacket.

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