Americana Footstool

For about a week I’ve been puttering about with this little footstool.
I’ve just been so busy with things around here that the poor thing wasn’t getting any attention!
I finally finished it and wanted you to see how darn cute it was!

 I found it at the thrift and it was so cute I couldn’t resist picking it up.
I pondered what to do with it for a few weeks.

Just painting it was OK but I wanted to do something different.
Then I remembered the blue and white checked homespun napkins
 I had also picked up that day with a mind to make a pillow. 
There were three napkins so I took one to use for the stool.

I gave it a coat of white spray paint and then topped it with some outdoor padding
 I had leftover from another project.
I just used spray glue to attach the padding to the stool.
Then I covered it with the napkin, using small tacks around the edge.

You need a pair of needlenose pliers to hold these while you tap them in.
I used carpet tacks.

I decided to do an Americana theme so I took some red and white ticking
to make a ruffle.
I chose to keep the raw edges and to stop the fraying
and add a pretty touch, I used this scallop stitch in Navy blue.
Then, I used the same navy blue to gather the top with a double row of stitching.
Hot glue to the stool and
Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!!

Goes great with cupcakes and hydrangeas!


  1. I love the stool, the vignette with the flag, the red chair, beautiful flowers and cupcake, AND the wonderful step-by-step, photographic how-to.

  2. Wonderful job – looks AWESOME – such a clever way to doll that cutie up. Very well done!

    And i t looks SO good with your porch display – just that added Americana to make it finish up perfectly well.

  3. That’s just downright cute. I would have enJOYed sitting on your cool porch this past weekend while everyone else was in the big heat. Thanks for sharing. Found you on “Homestories”

  4. That’s cute, and you make it look so easy to sew.


  5. Love this and I have two of those little stools! I finally know what to do with them now. Thank you!

  6. I think it’s darn cute! Very creative and innovative idea! It goes perfectly well with the hydrangeas and cupcakes. Love that red chair too!

  7. Cute as a button, if not cuter! You did a great job.

  8. Love the stool 🙂 I like all the frayed edges.

  9. So cute! I love it!! I also really like the cupcake accessories…yum! 🙂

  10. I think it is adorable and that you did a great job on it!!!!

  11. What a cute makeover. It’s perfect for this time of year too and your beautiful porch.

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