unfinished tuffet base
small pieces of fabric, ribbon and trim (satin, suede cloth, velvet, silk)
1 piece muslin (24" x 30")
high-loft quilt batting (3 to 5 layers 24" x 30")
hot glue gun/glue
- Piece together the fabrics and trims using an updated crazy quilting technique : Place first piece of decorative fabric right side up on base fabric. Align second piece on first piece with right sides facing and stitch along edge to form seam ( figure A). Turn second piece right side up and press flat (figure B). Continue until entire surface is covered. Add trims and decorative stitching where desired .
- Paint or stain tuffet base, and then rub on highlights with a gold metallic accent color.
- When dry, stack several layers of polyester fiberfill quilt batting (figure C), and then cover with one thin layer of batting or muslin and staple in place to form the padded top.
- Staple crazy quilted fabric snugly over padded top and trim excess.
- Make a long tube of trim fabric the same width as the rim around the base. Press flat to form a strip and clean finish the ends. Hot-glue strip in place to cover staples and raw edges.
- If desired, glue on cords or trims around edge of the base to complete. Add tassels to the corners for an opulent look.
Resources unfinished tuffet base
fabrics and trims
The Fabric Club
PO Box 767670
Roswell, GA 30076
Toll Free Phone: 800-322-2582
Craft designer, author and owner of Lynne Farris Designs
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