Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Tuffet Tutorial



1 Jelly roll
Batting polyester thick wadding 2 squares approx 40 x 40 "
1 Large Button ( 4 1/2 cm)
Plastic Template
clear double sided sticky tape
1.Brown/white  paper sheet
Rotary cutter
Sewing machine

Foam cushion about 5" thick (Clark Rubber can cut this for you or you can cut it yourself with an electric knife.)

I made mine as a decorative stool but if you want to use yours as a footstool for everyday use Robyn suggested to make it more sturdy try sewing the strips onto foundation ,thank you Robyn,also I would use a smaller stitch length

1.Using brown paper draw a circle approx 17" across.

2.Then cut out your circle, fold in half then quarters etc until you get the size wedge you would like. I folded mine to get 16 wedges to a half circle ( 32 wedges for full circle. )

    3.Next I placed my paper wedge between 2 pieces of plastic template using double sided clear tape to hold in place. ( I ran the tape up and down both side on the inside).
    4.I added a 1/4 " seam allowance plus added an extra 1" at the base of my wedge so that from tip to base it measures 9 1/2" (I used a black permanent maker )

    5.I then carefully cut out my wedge. I used a rotary blade cutter for smooth edges. I went over each cut twice before carefully breaking it away. (Don't forget to replace your blade with a new one. I keep mine in a box marked plastic template blades )

      wedge measures 9 1/2 ' from tip to base.


        6.Now the begin cutting your jelly roll strips in half. ( to approx 21 1/2" jelly roll strip came approx 42" )

          7. I first put my strip in the order I wanted to sew them, then I cut them in half (you can use the other half to make another Tuffet or a matching Cushion )

          8.Mark a centre on the cut edge of your strip as a guide then place your template to line up over the centre mark.(also I kept the selvedge edge at the base of the strip)

          9. IMPORTANT. Draw a line where the template ends ( Across the top of your template) this will be used as a guide to joining the strips. As you can see in the pieces I joined on the left of the photo.

           First strip cut another 31 ...


          Next start joining your strip in sections (groups) of EIGHT. I began pinning my seams together at the drawn line then continued  pinning either side of the line. Dont forget you have already added your seam allowance.  

          Join strips together in sets of  4 then sets of 8, so that you end up with 4 sections as the photo below.

          Now you can join all four section to make a cone shaped dome.( I made a running stitch around the top of the dome join and gathered it in slightly so my button would easily cover the small gap.)

          Once all sections are joined fold the fabric at the base to make a hem so that you can thread some elastic through it to tighten once you have it over your tuffet (makes it a lot easier to staple your fabric to the base board.)

          Make a casing along the bottom of the tuffet cover. Fold the fabric up about 1 1/2 " and sew a running stitch about 1" from the folded edge, cut a piece of elastic or thick cotton and feed it through one end of  the casing . I put the two ends on safety pins to stop them from pulling back out until I was ready to gather them in.

          Cut your pine board to 18" circle then mark your centre and drill two small holes either side of the centre  as shown in the photo. Use your circle as a template to trace around the foam. Cut your circle on the foam using the electric knife as best you can. 

          Now lay out your batting and centre the foam then the board upside down on top of the batting.. pull the batting up around the foam and pine board to meet and encase the foam and pine board. 

          Secure the batting about 1" from the edge all the way around the base. I started first at one spot then the opposite side then in quarters. ( you will have 4 staples evenly spaced around your circle) keep stapling all the way around then trim batting close to staples.

          Slip tuffet cover over batting ( I used a plastic garbage bag on top of the batting to help with easing the tuffet cover on. Leave enough plastic hanging at one end so you can pull it out once the cover is in place.)
          Also make sure the fabric cover is centred on top of the tuffet. Then pull the elastic (strong cotton thread ) underneath to gather the bottom edges evenly . Tie a knot in the elastic to hold in place. 
          Slowly secure your fabric with lots of staples to the base.

          Thread a long piece of twine on the doll needle/upholstery needle and stick the needle up through the hole in the board and into the centre of the cover. (This is the tricky bit sorry , trial and error ,I used pliers to help pull the needle through) Try to aim for approx. the same distance from the centre as In the hole in the base of the pine board. Pull the needle through and thread into the button then push the needle back down about 1/4" the other side of where it came up and through the other hole in the pine. (Make sure your thread is long enough to go up and back down with enough thread to pull and tie off)

          ( I put a small piece of felt between the two pieces of string on the base of the pine board to help with friction of the tread on the pine board) as in photo.

          Pull both ends of thread tightly to compress the foam (and get that puffy look). Tie it off and staple the ends to the pine. (It helps if someone can push down on the tuffet while you tie it off) 

          Attach your legs following manufactures instructions. 
          I went to Bunnings to buy my legs and advice on the best way to attach them. 
          (a couple of choices below in the picture)

          you can purchase these on the internet.

          I hope this helps those who asked me how I made my tuffet. please let me know of any mistakes or queries.

          I have also put this tutorial on my side bar for future reference.

          Happy stitching.......


          1. Oh my! I really admire your patience with your craft. The tuffet is gorgeous and I think you are wonderful doing a tutorial. One day I may just get up the courage to make one.

          2. Your tuffet looks great . Love your fabric choice.

          3. Your tutorial will come in handy WHEN I get around to making mine.. Bought a pattern ages ago but it's easier to follow your tut..
            Thank you Helen..

          4. Love it, love it, love it...saw these at the Sydney quilt show but they were sooo expensive...thanks for the step by step tutorial.

          5. Thanks for sharing, Helen :-)

          6. Thank you so much Helen, I'm looking forward to making one.... Cheers Kaylee

          7. Hi Helen ,wow this tuffet is amazing,thankyou so much for your tutorial,it will help so many people,you are very clever.

          8. Thanks for sharing this Helen. I have a couple of footstools that we're my grandparents and they are badly in need for recovering so this will be perfect!

          9. Wow, great tutorial! I always wondered how tricky these were to put together!

          10. Thanks for sharing your amazing tutorial! I love it.

          11. Your tuffet is gorgeous. Maybe I might make one, one day. Thank you for sharing.

          12. Wonderful tutorial, Helen, I am so tempted to make one, one day soon.


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