Saturday, July 25, 2020

A Homemade Tuffet, inspired by MacKenzie-Childs 2011....

Anne of Apple Street Cottage is hosting a new group party called 
 'Do it Over' Designers.

For the first party I am sharing a post I wrote in 2011 and thought it was worthy of sharing again.  

  I made this tuffet 9 years ago and it is still used as a foot stool.  

Here is the original post:

I wanted one of these, but couldn't afford it:
So I made this:

I bought 4 legs at Home Depot:
and an 18" table top:
I marked off the quadrants for the leg placement:
and drilled holes:
Align CenterI bought 3" foam and cut an 18" circle. I also cut out a circle in the center:
And just in case you don't know how to cut foam, use an electric knife. I shaved the edges to give it shape:
This was the fun part, because I love to doodle:
I sewed a "tube" of fabric and batting and stapled it to the bottom of the base. There are also 2 small holes in the center of the wood - I ran fishing line up through these holes to hold in the center "wooden button":
top view:
I gathered the batting:
I also gathered the fabric. I covered a 5" wooden disk with coordinating fabric and batting for the center. This disk also has 2 holes and I tied the fishing line from the base to this to hold it in the carved out center of the foam:
I glued some fringe around the bottom, screwed in the legs and glued a small wooden button on the top to hid the fishing line knot.
This was my first attempt in making a tuffet and I am pretty pleased with it!

It was a one day project with lots of supplies all over the kitchen counter, numerous swear words and one leg that had a defective screw!! The project was fairly reasonable to make (about $60.00) and I was surprised to find that 3" foam was $40.00 yd!!
Foam: $20.00
Wood: $5.00 and $2.00
Legs: $11.00
Fabric: $10.00
Fringe: $10.00
Batting: $3.00

And here it is today, 9 years later!:

Hop on over to these blogs to see what these 
'Do it Over' Designers
have created:

               Thanks for stopping by! 

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. I'm a sucker for fabric projects, Patti. This is too adorable for words. The trim has me swooning.

  2. How fun is that! Love making things useful for our homes. Thanks for sharing and wonderful creating with you.

  3. I love your tuffet, Patti, and even though the foam was $40 a yard, I'm sure this one was a much better price. You are so creative!

  4. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  5. This tuffet is stunning! This looks just like a piece you could buy from their store of catalog, job well done!


  6. So cute!! I love that little tuffet!!


  7. Great job! You are a talented crafter, Patti!

  8. What a great DIY! Just lovely and goes so well with all your other decor. xo Kathleen

  9. Aren't you clever Patti, I am very impressed! It looks fantastic!!

  10. Awesome job Patti! Very impressive DIY project.........

  11. Love how it turned out. So pretty and it looks great with your chair.