Friday, May 31, 2013

DIY Fabric-Covered Stools Using HGTV HOME fabrics from Jo-Ann Fabric

I was thrilled to receive a package from Jo-Ann Fabrics that contained fabric samples from the new HGTV HOME fabrics line that is now available exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric stores nationwide. They asked me to create a project from the samples to show how versatile and amazing the fabric is, and I was so excited to get to work! 

I received one yard each of two different printed fabrics that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use as well as some decorative trim. I was given a chevron fabric in a beautiful cream and metallic grey as well as a vibrant flower print in blue, purple, turquoise, and brown hues. The fabric is durable and GORGEOUS! 

I chose to use the chevron fabric for my first project. I had a pair of cheap, old suede and metal stools that have been around since college that were desperately in need of some TLC. 

I spray painted the metal legs of the stools in my favorite color Krylon’s Satin Nickel. It took several coats to stick to the metal as well as cover all the areas. I let those dry for about two hours before measuring out the fabric for the stool seats. 

I placed the stools upside down atop the fabric to cut around it to get a manageable swath of fabric with which to re-cover the suede seat. I could have unscrewed the seat and covered it that way, but I thought this approach would be easier and a more efficient use of time. I also didn’t remove the suede fabric, allowing it to remain there to provide extra cushion. 

Using my trusty staple gun (seriously, I’m convinced that a staple gun is the next best thing to spray paint to have in an interior designer’s arsenal), I carefully stapled the fabric to the bottom of the stool. I was careful to keep the fabric from puckering and sticking out. This takes time and can be quite frustrating, but it’s better to do it right and keep smoothing everything out than have puckered, uneven coverage. 

I’m definitely guilty of being “staple happy,” so I probably stapled way more than I should have. Oh, well, that just means that that fabric isn’t going anywhere! After I stapled the entire length of fabric around the stool’s seat, I hammered the staples in to keep them from poking out. I then trimmed any excess fabric that was visible. 

I’d say these stools turned out pretty well! I’m glad I spray painted the legs to correspond with the color of the fabric. I’m looking forward to using them for extra seating on our covered porch since the fabric is for indoor and outdoor use. The chevron fabric definitely added a much-needed punchy vibe to the stools and will bring so much spunk to my outdoor living area. 

I plan to use the other floral fabric for pillows for an outdoor settee. Stay tuned for that project coming soon!

Check out the whole HGTV HOME fabrics line available in stores and online at

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