A Tuffet Act to Follow

A Tuffet Act to Follow

Ottomans have nearly as many names as they have functions. They are also known as footstools, hassocks, tuffets, and poufs. If you really want to impress your friends, next time you throw a party and need more seating, just say something like, “Excuse me while I go fetch my party hassocks.” Everyone will think you’re super cool.

Unless of course, your ottomans are in sad shape. That’s a surefire way to kill a party. You might as well just run out of food and unplug the boombox at that point. But don’t worry! Your pooped poufs can be saved in no time.

Blue and White Ottomans Before
Blue and White Ottomans

Stephanie at Studio 36 Interiors simply recovered her torn-up tuffets and they look better than new. She has a tutorial on her blog and makes it look incredibly easy. It’s basically sewing straight lines. You can do this.


If your footstool has bigger problems, like this one from Estella that was clearly unraveling, don’t fret! You don’t need to be some kind of weaving wizard, you just need to know how to wrap a present.

Bird Ottoman Blue Before


Bird Ottoman Blue

Yep, that’s the basic gist of what happened here. She tore off the string completely and stapled on heavy duty webbing instead, then fleshed out the sides with cardboard (cardboard!) and batting.  The fabric was wrapped around and stapled on, with the beautiful bird embroidery sewed to the top. See the step-by-step on Estella’s blog Star of the East


But wait! She had so much fun with that makeover, she decided to do another!  She wanted a kitchy and colorful look for this little ottoman, and when she found a piece of needle-punch embroidery in her stash, she knew it was a perfect match:

Colorful Ottoman Before


Colorful Ottoman

I’m not sure what it says, but I’m betting on “party hassock.”

If you want to see more, plus the *real* translation, head on over to her blog Star of the East.



  1. September 30, 2015 / 7:32 AM

    “Nur ein Weilchen” means “just a little while” in english. absolutely fitting for a party! ☺️

  2. September 30, 2015 / 10:57 AM

    Thank you for showcasing that second blogger! I’m inspired to raise my game when I fix up a piano stool that I have.

  3. Amanda
    September 30, 2015 / 1:02 PM

    I actually really love the before of the green ottoman/paddock/foot stool if the trim were just removed! Too bad the padding wasn’t in great shape. Anyway, all the afters are gorgeous. Makes me want to refinish something.

  4. LeeAnn
    September 30, 2015 / 4:43 PM

    I’ll take all three! Just delightful!

  5. October 8, 2015 / 1:25 AM

    Hi Lindsey, thank you so much for show casing both my ottomans 🙂

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