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Add an easy-make slipcover to an easy-make round stool for an attractive custom bathroom accessory.
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On the concrete form tube, make four evenly spaced marks around the outside 24" from one end. Draw a line to connect the marks. Use a jigsaw with a fine wood-cutting blade to cut the tube along the line, dividing the tube in half.
To draw a straight line around the tube, tape together four sheets of letter-size paper end to end. Wrap this 44"-long strip around the tube with one edge touching the four marks; hold the paper in place with masking tape. Use the paper edge as a guide to draw a line around the tube. Use the same technique for the next step.
Draw circles around the tubes 3/8" from both ends and make eight evenly spaced marks (about 4-7/8" apart) for the screw locations.
Measure the inside diameter of the tube from several locations around the edge. (Our tube diameter measured slightly less than 12-1/2". Shipping and storage may leave the tube with a slightly oval shape.) Divide the inside diameter by two and set a compass to this dimension. Draw two circles on the plywood and cut them out with the jigsaw.
Saw the plywood just outside (the waste side) of your lines. You can always sand the edges slightly to reduce the diameter.
Test-fit the top and bottom disks inside the tube for a snug fit and sand the plywood edges as needed. Then place a plywood disk on a flat surface and press the tube down over the disk. Drill 1/8" pilot holes at the marks on the tube into the plywood. Drive #8x1" wood screws to anchor the disk in the tube and repeat on the other end.
From carpet padding, cut two circles the same diameter as the outside of the tube to act as seat padding.
Wash, dry, and iron the drop cloth. Mark and cut a circle about 14" in diameter -- 1" larger in diameter than the top of the stool with the padding attached plus a 1/2" hem.
If you'd like to change the drop cloth color, soak it in a commercial dye according to the manufacturer's instructions. Another option is to paint it and allow several days to dry.
For the skirt, cut a strip 91-1/2" long and 22" wide. (Measure the width from the factory edge for a ready-made hem.) Cut another strip 43" long and 5" wide.
Iron a 1-1/2" hem on one long edge of the 91-1/2"-long skirt and stitch the hem close to the cut edge. Mark the skirt pleats on the other long edge of the skirt piece by measuring 15-1/2" from each edge and 15" in between those marks. Make additional marks 4" to the right and left of each pleat mark.
For each pleat, fold the fabric so it centers on either side of the pleat mark and pin it in place. Repeat for two more pleats. The end pleats are only half the width of the others plus a 1/2" seam allowance. Press and baste across the pleats.
Lay the band and pleated skirt edge together, adjusting the pleats as needed, and stitch using 1/2" seams. Place the skirt end seams together and stitch.
Mark the top circle in quarters and do the same for the top band of the skirt. Pin the circle to the band and sew a 1/2" seam around the circumference. Turn the slipcover right side out and place over the stool.
Choose a font and letter you like. Enlarge this to fit the top of the stool and have a copy store soft-laminate the letter to make a stencil. Cut out the monogram with a utility knife on a protective surface.
Slide the slipcover over the stool base. Lightly coat the underside of the monogram stencil with spray adhesive. Center it on the slipcover and press in place.
Dip a foam brush into the paint. Blot excess paint onto a paper towel or newspaper. Fill in the stencil by lightly bouncing the brush up and down until the area is covered. For the best results, apply several thin coats rather than one thick coat to avoid pushing paint beneath the stencil.
Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry overnight before using.