Upholstered Outdoor Stool Cover Project

Level: Intermediate


  • Weatherproof Canvas Fabric
  • Sewing Machine & Matching Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins And Tape Measure
  • Staple Gun & Staplers


Step 1 - Using the tape measure, record the measurements of your ottoman including the height, diameter of the top circle and circumference of the ottoman.

Step 2 - To create the pattern, use the measurements from step 1 to draw out a circle the size of your ottoman top. * Add a 1cm seam allowance around the circumference. For the side, draw a rectangle that has the length of your circumference measurement and the height of the ottoman as the width.

Step 3 - Cut 1 piece of each pattern piece out of your weatherproof canvas fabric.

Step 4 - Pin the two pattern pieces with right sides together, working around the circle pinning as you go. Ensure you are attaching the circle to the top side of the main ottoman piece. Roughly pin the side seam of the main piece together.

Step 5 - Once they are pinned together, place the pinned pieces over your ottoman (wrong side out) and adjust your pins accordingly to get the best fit.

Note - You may want to hand sew the pieces together while they are pinned on the ottoman, this will make it easier when sewing on the sewing machine in the next step.

Step 6 - Once you are happy with the fit of cover, it's time to sew it together. Following your pinned seam allowance, or your hand stitching, sew the pieces together, starting with the side seam and then the circular top seam.

Step 7 - Try the cover on your ottoman again and adjust if needed. Otherwise, take off the cover and using scissors snip into the top circular seam to allow the seam to sit neatly when turned through.

Step 8 - To finish, place the cover on right side out and use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the underside of the ottoman. Start by stapling 4 opposite sides of the circle and then work your way around the circumference ensuring the fabric is pulled tight and smooth.

Your outdoor stool cover is ready now.



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