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Thread: Tuffet/hassock

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    Tuffet/hassock

    I have been seeing these cute awesome tuffets all over the web and I like them. I have this brand new Hassock (they don't sell these anymore), that a friend gave me, it had been tucked away for years. It's all leather and has a quilted star on top. Well I decided to work the pattern out. It's not hard and I will do a tut as I go along, so you can try it. I know there is a pattern for sale but really, it's not hard.

    You can actually make a tuffet if you don't have a hassock or an old foot stool, it's no beg deal, just labor intensive. You just measure the circumference of the hassock, the radius, (which is half the diameter of the top) and make your pattern.

    Here is one panel or wedge that I just made to test it. I think I got it. I will post more later.

    I just counted my strips and I counted 9, oh well, 9 is good. I think you can make the strips any size you want for different effects.
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    Oh, This is so interesting. I would like one, too though didn't want to spend over $100 for all the parts. Thanks for the info. I will be watching for more. I always like whatever you are doing.
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    I am not making one so I am not the expert, but, my friend is making one by herself, via videos online. She then went to a quilt store that had classes and sold kits as she was looking buttons. She found out that she should have used muslin to stabilize the strips, using the muslin as a foundation. I think it is so that when you stretch the fabric over the cushion and sew/pull on the buttons, the stitches will not pop in the seam areas?

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    I made a tuffet. Yes there is a backing that I had to sew the strips onto. I think I had 8 strips per section.

    Backing: The backing that I sewed onto had the stitch lines on it. So, it was like paper piecing.
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    Rosy, I will enjoy watching your progress! I googled "quilted tuffet for hassock" and there were quite a few. One is from Pintrest and I think it may be the one you are doing! It's beautiful!
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    one of those on my 2do list......looks amazingly easy to make.
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    i've seen a few of these. what a wonderful makeover. I'm waiting to see the next step.
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    I've been wanting to make one of these so will be watching this, thanks Rosy!

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    Tut

    1..Measure across the top of hassock or tuffet or whatever. divided that measurement in half and that is your radius.

    2..measure from the edge of the hassock to the bottom and add about 4 ins. for turning under.

    3..measure around the hassock for the for the circumference, and divide that measurement by 8, This will be the measurement of your wedge. .add 3/4 ins on each side for the seams.

    Add your radius #1 plus #2 and cut a piece of square paper that measurement plus a little over for safety.
    The width of the paper will be the measurement you got from the wedge plus the 1 and 1/2 ins for the seams. ..so if your wedge is 10 ins, you will add 1 and 1/2 for a total of 11 1/2 ins for your wedge.

    Fold the paper in half to get the center line. Put a dot at the beginning of that line at the top. Now measure from the top of the paper to the radius number and place a mark. Draw a line across the paper square from edge to edge. Draw ĺ seam allowance along both edges of the paper square.
    Divide the rest of your paper square into 8 strips, not including the seam allowances. The strips donít have to be equal. Start at the center seam. On each side of the seam draw a half ins line, that will make that strip 1 ins. Then draw lines on each side of this center strip. Only draw the lines up to the radius line.
    After all these line are drawn, the proceed to line up those bottom line with the rest of the pattern. For instance..place ruler at the line and angle your ruler to the dot at the top of the paper square and continue with each line this way. Then cut the excess paper and you have your wedge. Lay this on your item to check it out and make adjustments to whatever you want. When you are happy with it, make a freezer paper pattern from you original paper pattern but this time draw the lines with a sharpie pen.

    You will iron that freezer pattern to your muslin and cut it out, draw the lines on the muslin, just like your paper. You are now ready to add your strips. When you start to sew the strips on and you come to the radius point, just try to sew it like a curve.
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    The rest of the pic.
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    Kaffe Fassett has good instructions for making a hassock in Passionate Patchwork (my fav Kaffe Fassett book). He calls it a Turban Footstool. Its similar to the instructions here.
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    Gong to be cool.

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    You are one creative lady!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cashs_mom View Post
    Kaffe Fassett has good instructions for making a hassock in Passionate Patchwork (my fav Kaffe Fassett book). He calls it a Turban Footstool. Its similar to the instructions here.
    yes I have that book too. I have at least 8 of his books lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosyhf View Post
    yes I have that book too. I have at least 8 of his books lol
    I love his books! They are some of my go-to's for inspiration. I love to just look at the pictures. There's a couple I don't have that I'm going to look for a quilt festival.
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    Thank you for posting this. I have not seen one of these before.

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    I purchased a pattern for this tuffet last Spring in Lancaster at the AQS show plus the 15 degree wedge ruler (I think that's correct) . I found a kit that has the foam circle, the wood circle and perhaps something else on the web. The foam is the only thing I would buy since cutting a good,circle I'm really thick foam would not be fun.

    Have ve any of you seen the really cute very small tuffet? - a pincushion. There is a kit for it and it is adorable. If I get to thinking about it I would like to make one each for my friends in our hand work group - there's only 5 counting me - for Christmas. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of everyone's finished tuffet.

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    You are doing a fine job with this. I look forward to seeing your finished piece.

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    Looks amazing so far.
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    I have all the wedges or panels done now. I am taking a break until to morrow. I will then start to put it together. Here are the panel. I am going to sew from the bottom up to the beginning of the radius (where it starts to slant). then I will sew up the radius parts. I think I will do a quilt pin on the hassock first tho. just to make sure it's going to fit. I have lots of room to adjust. Will post when it's all done.
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    I can hardly wait to see it finished!
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    Ok all done. I had to take out an entire section as it was too big lol. It looks great anyway, I love it. After I sewed all the panels together, I ironed all the seams open then I pinked the edges and turn over about an inch. I ran a strong flat cord through the hem. I then made a batting cover for the hassock and put the cover on, and pulled the cord tight and knotted it. I made a very large yo yo, instead of a covered button just in case my doggy decided to chew it off. I also made the same size yo yo out of batting to stuff the yo yo with.
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    Wow, that looks great!
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    That looks really nice--you do great work !

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