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Stitch a circus tent stool cover with an inbuilt cushion and laundry bag.
I've been on the hunt for a cute stool for my dressing table for a long time and I really wanted one that could double as a washing basket. When Lumiere sent me some of their fabric paint, I was inspired to make my own and give it a cute circus tent look because laundry day is more fun when you can pretend you're lion taming socks!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1114 projects »
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  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 1
    Step 1

    Trace around the top of your stool on to a piece of paper to make a template.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 2
    Step 2

    Add a 1/4 inch wide seam allowance around your circle.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out your template, fold your fabric in half and pin it on top through both sides of the fabric.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut out the two circles and then cut a rectangle of fabric measuring 4 inches by the circumference of your circles with a few inches extra for seam allowance.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pin the rectangle around the edge of one of the circles.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 6
    Step 6

    Stitch in place.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pin the second circle to the other side of the rectangle and stitch in place.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut little triangles around the edge of the seam allowance.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold your circle inside out and fill with stuffing. I used one of the cheap Ikea cushions to fill mine.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 10
    Step 10

    Hand stitch the open side of the cushion and place on top of your stool.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 11
    Step 11

    Loosely pin your fabric around the cushion so you can get an idea for how wide and how tall it needs to be. You want it to be a bit wider than you need so you can gather it at the top and give it a nice flow.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold up the bottom edge and pin at the height you like.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 13
    Step 13

    Unpin the fabric and hem the bottom edge properly. Fold over the top edge by 1/4" and then fold over by another 1/4", pin and sew. Repeat for either side of the fabric too.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 14
    Step 14

    Pin the fabric at even spaces around the cushion.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 15
    Step 15

    Fold over the loose fabric in between the pins to create gathers and pin.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 16
    Step 16

    To make a scalloped trim, cut a single scallop template you like from cardboard. Fold a strip of fabric, wide enough to sit around your stool, in half so that the open edge is at the bottom and trace a scalloped pattern using the template.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 17
    Step 17

    Sew along the lines you traced, leaving either edge unstitched.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 18
    Step 18

    Trim off excess fabric and cut slits around the seam allowance of the scallops.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 19
    Step 19

    Fold the fabric inside out and stitch up the open edges at either side.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 20
    Step 20

    Paint with purple fabric paint and leave to dry.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 21
    Step 21

    Use thick masking tape to create a strip pattern down the sides of your stool. Paint with silver fabric paint and leave to dry.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 22
    Step 22

    Continue the stripe design on the top of your stool, meeting the points in the middle in a candy spiral design.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 23
    Step 23

    Cover with masking tape and paint with silver fabric paint.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 24
    Step 24

    Leave to dry before removing the tape.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 25
    Step 25

    Meanwhile, we'll make the washing bag. Use the stool template from earlier to cut another circle of cotton and then cut a rectangle of fabric as tall as your stool and wide enough to match the circumference of the circle.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 26
    Step 26

    Sketch out the word Laundry in your fanciest handwriting with a pencil in the middle of the rectangle.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 27
    Step 27

    Paint with purple fabric paint and leave to dry. I also painted a rectangle border around the word with silver paint.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 28
    Step 28

    Pin the fabric rectangle around the circle.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 29
    Step 29

    Stitch around the circle.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 30
    Step 30

    When your fabric is dry, pin the scalloped trim around your stool, gathering it at all the right places.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 31
    Step 31

    Hand stitch the trim to the fabric and the cushion using thick thread.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 32
    Step 32

    Cut a length of silver rope long enough to fir around the washing bag.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 33
    Step 33

    Turn the washing bag inside out and place around the washing bag and knot together the ends loosely.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 34
    Step 34

    Fold down the top edge by 1/4" and then again by another 1/4" pinning in place.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 35
    Step 35

    We want to leave a hole at the top of our washing bag so we can pop washing in easily. Sew the sides of the washing bag up halfway and then fold over the fabric at either side by 1/4" and then another 1/4", pinning in place and then sewing each side, stopping just before you reach the rope.

    Sew along the top edge you folded over in the previous step too.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 36
    Step 36

    Fold the washing bag inside out.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 37
    Step 37

    Cut a long strip of iron-on velcro into three and pin the three pieces of the soft side around the washing bag.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 38
    Step 38

    Iron the rough side of the velcro inside your washing basket stool, in positions to match the sides of your bag.

  • How to make a stool. Circus Tent Washing Basket Stool - Step 39
    Step 39

    Attach the washing bag to the velcro and hide away under your stool.

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