Using a Leather Jacket to Cover a Worn Footstool
A thriftstore leather jacket can be given new life by using it to recover a footstool. This is a page about use a leather jacket to cover a worn footstool.
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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
- genuine leather coat or other garment
- staple gun
- upholstery tacks
- tape measure
- First, remove the lining from the jacket. I simply cut it out with scissors.
- Place the center back of the jacket over the stool to determine how to best cut the jacket.
- 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.
- Pull one side of the leather over the wooden support and staple in place using a staple gun.
- Flip the stool over, and turn the leather under around the top of the legs so that no raw edges can be seen.
- Do the same on the opposite side; then repeat on each end.
- Trim away any excess leather from the bottom.
- Next, measure the bottom of the stool and add about 1/2 inch to all four sides to turn under.
- Cut a piece of leather this size.
- Turn one side under 1/2 inch, and apply upholstery tacks along the edge.
- Repeat on other three sides.
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
Here's a picture of an old stool that was refurbished using an old leather jacket.