How to Make a Rainbow Bar Stool Cover

It’s no secret that my daughter loves unicorns.  In fact, we call her house the unicorn museum.  It was her birthday on Wednesday so I decided to make her something special. In fact, I made two special things.

About eight months ago, Jenna moved from sharing a house with a friend to living on her own.  In her new house she has an island so I decided to buy her some bar stools.  

These ones came from Briscoes.

Briscoes

They are nice enough but not pretty enough for Jenna’s aesthetic so I decided to make some furry covers for them. Of course, they had to be rainbow to go with the unicorns.

I found this fabric at Spotlight in Palmerston North.  Unfortunately, it’s not available online and it wasn’t available in Wellington store either. If you want to track some down, you can contact Spotlight and, if there’s any left, they can probably send you some. Here’s the name of the fabric.

If you would like to make your own rainbow (or any other) bar stool cover you can follow along with these instructions.

Materials

To make one cover you will need:

  • Furry fabric*
  • Cotton fabric - approximately 30cm
  • Elastic – approximately 60cm
  • Thread

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Safety pin

*These amounts will depend on your bar stool.  

Instructions

To work out your fabric quantity, measure the width of across the top and both sides of the stool.  For example, if the top of the stool measures 60cm and the sides are 10cm, then add seam allowance of 2cm.  In this example, the circle will need to be (10+60+10+2cm).

Cut Out the Fur

Lay the top of the bar stool top down on the wrong side of the fur and draw around it with a pencil. Make sure you leave yourself enough room for the sides and seam allowance.

Next drawer another circle around the outside – the width will be the height of your bar stool.

Now go around again with a third circle 1cm from the last for the seam allowance.

To cut the fur it’s best to use small scissors as you want to cut only the backing fabric, not the fur.

Once you’ve cut out the fabric it should look like this.

Cutting Out the Backing

To find out how much of the backing fabric you need, measure around the outside of the top.  To do this lay your tape measure on the side and measure the outside of the fur.

Add 2cm seam allowance to this measurement.  I had to join my fabric as it wasn't wide enough so I needed to add 4cm seam allowance.

If necessary make this join, then join the ends together. Neaten the seams and each edge.

Sewing the Fur to the Backing

Pushing the fur to the inside, match the right side of the backing fabric and fur.  Pin, then sew with a 1cm seam allowance.

The reason you push the fur in is that you don’t want the fur to be stuck in the seams.

Make the Elastic Casing

To make the casing for the elastic, fold over 1cm of the backing fabric.  Stitch, remember to leave an opening for the elastic to be threaded through.

Elastic

Cut a piece of elastic approximately one third of the measurement around the top.  It doesn’t have to be exact.

Put a safety pin in one end of the elastic.  Pin the other end to the backing just below the opening.  Thread the safety pinned end through the casing and out the other end. The pin stops the loose end from going through the casing accidentally.

Once the elastic is threaded all the way through, remove the safety pin and pin the two ends together. Stitch using a zigzag stitch. Don’t worry if it’s not pretty, just make sure it’s secure.

Pull the elastic join back into the casing then stitch up the gap.

If there's any fur that's stuck in the seams, use a skewer to pull it out.

That’s it – you’re done. Now you can stretch the cover over the top of the bar stool.

You can remove the cover if you ever need to wash it, or if you decide that you don’t like to any more.

The Unicorn in the Room

I have to tell you that this enormous unicorn arrived at my house on the weekend (Jenna is staying with us for a while).  A friend of Jenna’s heard what happened with our friend Kate and came and gave this to her to make her feel better.

Yesterday, Jenna used the left over fur fabric to make a new mane for it and pretty it up with some charms and bows. I really wish I had a photos of the before, but she didn’t take one.

You might also notice that I made some matching cushions for the sofa.  Her house is going to look amazing.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful.

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August 19, 2021