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Here are some pretty easy directions for you to make a hand made foot stool. This is a project I am planning on doing at my school with my third graders. It will be a mixed media experience that will include working with wood and tools ,as well as, fabric and sewing. 
My third graders study Northern Africa in Social Studies and I am considering doing this as a cross curricular project and have them print their own patterns on the fabric they use for their stool.
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Step 1: Supplies

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11.5" X 11.5" wood, (pine or knotty pine)
$ pieces of 6" (pine or poplar) 1.3/4X1.3/4 for the legs
foam 2" cut to 12" X 12"
Fabric 22" X 22"
8 long screws (I use 2.5" wood screws)
Cabots stain (or polystain, 1 step interior wood stain)
upholstery tacks (28)
  optional.......spray adhesive, wood glue

Step 2: Sanding

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Sand all edges of wooden pieces

Step 3: Staining

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Stain legs and table top. If you have access to an outdoor area it may be best to work outside. You can use any shade of Cabot stain or Cabot Polystain. 
Apply stain with a brush and wipe away excess with a rag. 

Step 4: Placing legs

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Measure 1" and mark on un-stained side of top

Step 5: Stained side of top

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Flip the wood and mark off an inch border on the stained side of the wood

Step 6: Wood glue

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place the legs in the four marked off corners of the stained side of the wood and secure with wood glue.
Using wood glue helps hold the legs in place to prepare for the next step.

Step 7: Drilling

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When the wood glue is dry, drill a starter hold through the top (un-stained side of wood) down into the legs.

Step 8: Screwing

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Screw long screws through top and into legs. I use two screws in each leg to prevent it from spinning and getting loose.

Step 9: Fabric

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turn and sew a 3/4 inch hem around all sides of fabric. I will have my kids hand stitch this as part of their project, however, if you have a sewing machine it can be machine stitched.
sooooc2 years ago
a little bit short, but awesome! tks
Ooohhh this would be an awesome project to do next week!!!! Great job with the intructable!
Thank You
Nice project. Easy to follow instructions. Great end result!
This is really nice....some of John's woodworking skills and looks great!! must be rubbing off on you!!
The kids will love making useful
lavothas2 years ago
I agree with Schmidty, a bit of padding on the top of it would make a more comfortable seat, and not add much more to the project for complexity.
Susan Cirigliano (author)  lavothas2 years ago
Susan Cirigliano (author)  lavothas2 years ago
I agree with Schmidty as well, please read my response to Schmidth's comment!
Schmidty162 years ago
did you put cushion in it it would feel better
Susan Cirigliano (author)  Schmidty162 years ago
OH MAN....I did put cushioning in it, in my supply list I mentioned 2 inch thick, 12"X12"foam pad, and in step 10 I talked about using spray adheasive to secure the foam to the top of the stool before I flip it onto the fabric to begin to attatch it, however, I forgot to insert a photo!
This is very cool! What a great idea for a project to do withyour students - I love it