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The Tuffet

I've been collecting fabric to re-establish my stash but it has been a slow process. So, I thought this next project would provide some design inspiration, in addition to seeing what new fabric lines are out this Fall and Winter.

Making a tuffet (a low seat or footstool) can be a time-consuming and challenging endeavor. Using pre-cut strips or one standard jelly roll might make the task easier. Choosing 8 fat quarters or 8 quarter yards of fabric sounds more like fun to me.

Most everyone is familiar with The Mother Goose Rhyme, "Little Miss Muffet" and her tuffet, which is referenced in 1918.

Tuffet workshops have been quite popular, with the finished, one-of-a-kind stool brightening a corner or a special spot in a room. Custom and chic tuffets can be made using men's silk ties, contrasting colored fabric, decorative / beaded trim and accented with a large center button. Pouffs (without feet) can also be used for seating or as a footstool.

My reading nook is getting filled in, and is the finishing touch this corner in the house needed. I am still unpacking boxes of books and am placing some trinkets on the shelves - all a work in progress. I am excited to be printing photos to add to several picture frames, and placing small keepsakes here and there. I thought a tuffet would be the perfect colorful addition to the space.

A recent stop at The Fat Quail Quilt Shop - Quilt Shop of Inspiration provided just the artistry and fabric selection that I was looking for. Although the Tuffet Class is no longer offered, Debbie (owner) still had kits available for purchase.

I appreciated her taking time to explain the lengthy process and go over the detailed instructions with me.

My original design concept was to use a multi-colored theme. However, the thought has crossed my mind to include themed fabric with books, world maps & travel, cooking utensils & recipes, poetry & cursive, automotive, famous paintings & works of art - each subject is represented on a shelf of my bookcase.

"After a long day, take some time to put your feet up and just be." ~Heather Stillufsen

Have you ever created a tuffet or re-upholstered a cozy chair for your retreat space? How did you determine what fabric(s) to use?

Thank you for stopping by.


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