Make a Faux Fur Stool with Hairpin Legs
Does this faux fur look familiar? It’s the same stuff I used to make a throw pillow recently. Since I had leftovers I decided to make it into a fancy faux fur stool, complete with hairpin legs. It was way easier than I thought it would be, and now I have the perfect glamorous fluffy place to put my feet up. Although I may move it upstairs and sit on it while I put on my makeup. Gotta spread the fluff around between rooms.
Faur fur – I used 1/2 yard of this curly mongolian faux fur
Hairpin legs – I used 3 14-inch legs that I found locally at The Reclaimory, but you can find similar ones online here
Foam – I used this 2-inch thick high density foam
Backing fabric – I used lightweight canvas
Wood round – I cut down a 15-inch wood round to 12-inches, but you can buy a 12-inch round here
Wood screws – I used #6 3/4-inch screws
Decorative nails – I used these 3/8-inch nails
Batting – 1/2 yard
Screwdriver – I used a power screwdriver, but a regular one would work, too.
Jigsaw (optional, see note below)
(I used a 12-inch wood round for this project that I cut from a 15-inch one because I couldn’t find the size I wanted locally and didn’t want to wait to have one shipped to me. Also the bigger one was about $10 cheaper. I cut it down with a jigsaw, and I didn’t worry too much about accuracy, since I knew that the shape would be obscured by fabric and foam.)
1. Lay your wood round out on the foam and trace around it with a marker. Use the scissors to cut a circle out of the foam. Just squish the foam and do the best you can to cut it evenly, but no one will see it so don’t stress about it.
2. Place the batting on the bottom layer, followed by the foam and then the wood round.
3. Begin wrapping the batting around the foam and the wood, and trim it to fit with some overhang. Staple the batting in place close to the edge of the wood, stretching it taut.
4. Continue stapling opposite edges of the batting to the wood, until you’ve tightly secured it all in place. Feel free to use lots of staples.
5. Trim excess batting close to the staples, adding more staples if necessary.
6. Now repeat the process with the faux fur. Wrap it around the batting, foam, and wood, and staple it in place, pulling it taut.
7. Trim any excess fur.
8. These next steps are optional, but they’ll make the bottom of the stool look neater. Cut a circle of fabric about 15-inches round. Place it on the back of the stool and tuck the edges under so that it covers the raw edges of the faux fur. Add decorative nailheads on opposite sides of the circle to secure it in place.
9. Continue adding decorative nailheads until you’ve secured the entire circle.
10. Position your hairpin legs as close to the edges of the stool as possible.
11. Screw the legs in place.
12. Flip over your stool, and test it out to make sure it’s sturdy and stable.
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