I love a good staple project, they are satisfying because they are so quick to do. I’m aways on the lookout for foot and camping stools at flea markets and vintage fairs like the Country Living Fair. In fact, I’ve shown many audiences at those events how easy it is to recover these stools at those fairs during my oilcloth days!
I picked up these up from a local vintage vendor a few years ago. I found a ton of vintage camping stools for sale on Etsy. I even found this stool that is exactly like my pair. Buying local is best, this way you can skip shipping and check the camping stool for studiness.
Camping Stool Redo
- 1/3 yard of Fireflies and Bug Jar fabric
- 1/3 yard of canvas, home decor denim (I used a scrap of fabric from my stash.)
- Rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and cutting mat
- Diagonal cutting pliers
- Staple gun with 1/4″ staples
Step 1: Measure the old canvas that makes up the seat of the stool and jot the measurement down for later. See the following photo. The sample camping stool seat measured 11 1/2″ long.
Step 2: Use a pair of angled pliers to remove old and worn out the canvas. The angle allows you to dig out the staples.
Note: I did not repair the seat in the same way it was manufactured. The wood was brittle and splintered apart easily, there was not a chance of reusing it. Sadly, I couldn’t find a proper substitution for the wood insert, so I’ve improvised a solution.
Step 3: Once the canvas is removed measure the old fabric. The original seat fabric was 10 1/2″ wide by 15 1/2″ long. Next, add 1″ to the width for seam allowance and 3″ to the length to get extra fabric to wrap around wood. Now that you know your new measurements it’s time to cut your new material.
Step 4: One the back of your Camp S’more fabric draw out an 11 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ rectangle. Cut out 2 rectangles out of the quilting cotton and 2 out of the thicker home dec fabric. In other words, one quilting and one home dec piece per stool.
Step 4: Place one Camp S’more rectangle on to a home dec rectangle with right sides together, making sure to match up your edges. Sew along the long sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 6. Turn right sides out and press.
Step 7: Fold in half and place a quilt pin in the center of the new seat material. Fold once more so your fabric is folded into quarters.
Since you want your finished stool to expand 11 1/2″ like the original (step 1), place pins that are 5 3/4″ off of the center. These pins serve as a guide in the next step
Step 8: Unfold the fabric and place it facedown on the table. Flip your stool upside down and line up the top support just inside pins. Once you have lined it up, wrap the fabric up and around the wood and use your staple gun to staple the fabric into place. Repeat on the adjacent corner. Your staples should not be visible, as they are under the stool.
Note: Only place one staple per corner at this time. This way you can quickly make any adjustments after affixing the opposite side.
Step 9: Move the fabric and stool around so you can work on the other end of your seat. This side may be slightly smaller than the other side. If so, just make a little pleat in the fabric and staple it into place.
Step 10: Flip your stool over to see that you are happy with the results. Use your pliers to remove staples and fix any trouble areas. Once the seat is sitting pretty, flip the stool back over and staple the rest of the line, so the staples are spaced about an inch apart. This may seem like overkill, but you don’t want it to give way from under you on a hot date at the music concert. Use a hammer to pound in any staples that are not flush with the wood.
Step 11: This next part is tricky, you want to wrap the extra fabric up and around the wood as much as possible, so your stool is sturdy and neat. With the stool on it’s side, use the staple gun to run a line of staples securing the raw edges out of the way. You will feel like you are fighting an octopus, but a tidy stool will be your reward.
The only thing left to do is to fill up your picnic basket and head out for a little outdoor fun! Won’t these be perfect for #sewjunie glamping trip, or for a concert at the park?
Don’t forget that the folks at Ink and Arrow Fabric’s is letting me pick one lucky winner for this fabric giveaway! Just leave a comment on this post and/or all the other Camp S’more Series posts to enter. The winner gets enough fabric to make the quilt, stools, and flag topped skewers, that’s over 3 yards of fabric.
A big thank you to Ink and Arrow Fabrics for sponsoring this series.