Upholster an Alphabet Stool
Advanced | 1 hour 14 min
Create Letter Stool
If you are looking for a project to sink your teeth (and tush) into, this is the one. Amanda of Spruce Upholstery shows you how to make customized stool cushions from scratch using basic wood-working and upholstery techniques. These aren’t just any seats, however—they are cushions in the shape of letters, so you can create a batch to spell out initials, a name, or a favorite word. Amanda begins by cutting the letter shape out of plywood with a jigsaw and then she cuts out the upholstery fabrics, demonstrating how to sew them together to create a box-top cushion. Once the fabric is sewn and the foam is in place, she pulls the fabric taught and staples the fabric securely to the wooden base. The finished seat cushion can be attached to an existing stool base, or simply hung on the wall to create a sweet three-dimensional decoration with a hit of retro flair.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 15” square piece of ½”-thick plywood
  • 15” square piece of ¾”-thick plywood
  • 2”-thick high-density foam
  • Dacron polyester batting
  • Spray adhesive
  • 1 yard of upholstery fabric for top of stool
  • 1 yard of contrasting upholstery fabric for bottom of stool
  • Screws
  • 1 yard of dust cover fabric
  • Stool base (optional)
  • Safety goggles
  • Electric carving knife
  • Jigsaw
  • Electric sander
  • Measuring tape
  • Square ruler
  • Yardstick
  • Flexible ruler
  • Regulator
  • Yellow chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Staple remover
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Clamps
  • Electric drill
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
Learn how to:
  • Trace and cut out shapes from wood with a jigsaw
  • Cut and adhere foam

What you’ll get:
  • An easy-to-follow class on how to upholster an alphabet stool
  • 7 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Downloadable PDF pattern included
  • Step-by-step instruction by expert upholsterer and author Amanda Brown
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Tanzania Moore
I was going to skim through but I was drawn in by the lessons. The course is thorough and easy to follow. The tips fill in any blanks and answered any questions that may arise.
January 30, 2023
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