- Old sweaters
- 1/4″ elastic
- Safety pin
- Sewing machine
- Drape the sweater over the stool and cut around the shape of the top of your stool, leaving about an inch extra to sew a pocket for the elastic.
- Fold the edges over a 1/4″ and then another 1/2″ on the underside of the fabric. This is going to be the sleeve for the elastic.
- Sew the folded edge down to create a sleeve, leaving the ends open.
- Attach the safety pin to one end of the elastic and feed through the sleeve, the fabric will start to bunch up as you pull the elastic through. Don’t let the other end of your elastic get fed into the sleeve though! I didn’t cut my elastic until I tried the sweater “beanie” back on the stool to make sure it fit.
- Once the elastic is completely fed through the pocket, test the sweater cover on the stool to make sure it fits, mark how long the elastic needs to be, cut and sew the ends of the elastic together, and then sew up the open ends of your sleeve.
- Fit the cover back over the stool and you’re done!
When windshields and roofs are frosted over every morning and the sun hides every day at 4:30, it’s high-time to make everything cozy. These stools are part II of III of Sweater Week and the best part? You can do all three projects with just two sweaters. If you don’t have any old sweaters, check Goodwill! They have some beauties for just a few dollars. I will have to admit though, I found one that I went home, washed and dried, made the mistake of trying on, and couldn’t bear the thought of scissors cutting that cozy wrap off of me so I kept it. Oops. But, if you can find one that doesn’t fit, Goodwill is a good spot to look! You could also staple the sweater pieces to whatever stool you’re recovering if you want something more permanent and skip the entire sewing part, but adding elastic to make it interchangeable depending on the season is pretty cool…uh, warm!
– <3 A.