For some time now I have been seeing advertisements for the Foot Buddie™, a small rocking footstool for use when hand quilting or sewing for a long period of time: because of the rocking motion your legs are kept ‘active’, but are also supported.
It seemed like just the thing, also because the daybed in my studio is a little too high for sitting upright comfortably whilst hand sewing: my feet only just reach the ground. The footstool has a stained walnut base and a padded top. There is a semicircular opening in the wooden base that works as a carry handle.
All very nifty, but, there was a but: in all the photo’s I came across the Foot Buddie™ was upholstered with a beige-brown nubby looking fabric that wasn’t to my taste at all and certainly wouldn’t fit in in my studio, so I hesitated to make the purchase. I couldn’t tell if it was constructed in a way that would be easy to reupholster. The I came across a photo of the underside of the footstool and what could I see: four screws! Aha! If I could unscrew the base then in all probability I could reupholster the top. I ordered one immediately.
The Foot Buddie™ arrived, and the fabric was as unattractive to me as I had anticipated (surprising for an otherwise great little product, but everyone’s taste is different!).
I had already had a hunt though my stash and had found a faux tapestry fabric that I thought would suit the slightly old fashioned style of the footstool. The first thing was to turn the stool over and locate and remove the screws.
Removing them was straightforward: I thought it was a nice touch that they had been painted to match the wood stain. Once I had the base off, the underside of the padded top came into view: a piece of ozb with the fabric stapled to it.
I tore the fabric lose from the staples, and that revealed a layer of pink foam under the upholstery fabric. I then removed the staples with the help of a pair of pliers and an awl (safety goggles on!).
Because my fabric wasn’t an upholstery weight cotton and because the pink foam was very pink, I used a layer of Hobbs 80/20 black cotton batting between the foam and my fabric, so that the foam wouldn’t show through and to give the upholstery a bit more ‘body’.
Then I made a sandwich with my fabric, the batting and the foam (having shifted the foam a little as it hadn’t been centred properly before, and got to work with my staple gun.
It was actually trickier than I had anticipated to get the tension correct: I think an upholstery grade fabric would have worked better (next time!) in terms of being able to even out the tension along the sides. It also was a bit of a challenge getting the rounded three-dimensional corners neat, as they couldn’t just be tucked in like a parcel, but eventually I had everything stapled down without too many lumps and bumps.
Then I lined up the holes in the ozb with the base and screwed the top back on.
Ta daa! Once face-lifted footstool and I know that I can easily replace the fabric as it becomes worn. The Foot Buddie™ is very comfortable to use: I am enjoying having it immensely and can thoroughly recommend it to hand sewers and quilters.