TUTO: Woven stool

Do you have a small stool that is damaged, has a hole in it, is a bit old or in any case, not fresh anymore? Please, don't throw it away! Give it a new life and lots of colors instead 🌈

With just a wall stapler and some ribbons, let's go for a DIY footrest (or sofa end) made of woven ribbons, which will bring exactly THE touch of color you were missing in the depths of winter (anyway ... we always need color right? 😉 )

👉Forthis DIY you need:

  • grosgrain ribbon in different colors (here 2.5cm wide, for lengths see the size of your stool and count x 2.5)
  • scissors
  • a wall stapler + staples (here type C 8mm)
  • a stool with a solid square or rectangular frame
  • a weaving needle with an eye almost as wide as your ribbons (optional but very practical!)
  • a cutter (optional)
  • textile glue (optional)
  • small quilting pliers (optional)

👉How todo :

Start by freeing your damaged stool from the straw or wicker that was covering it.

You can do this by simply giving a cutter or scissors and undo the braid. Clean your stool. Now you have the frame for the weaving!

Decide on the order of your colors. Then start at the end, at one of the corners of the stool: staple a ribbon on the bottom, placing its end towards the inside of the stool, as in the video. 

Keep it perpendicular to the wood and staple it: don't hesitate to put two or three staples to make it solid!

Then bring the ribbon up to the top of the stool, go all the way around and to the opposite side, go back under, pull your ribbon tight - it should be nice and taut! And staple again as shown in the video in the same place you started. Optional: in order to get a nice finish (you know us 🥰), cut and glue as shown, finally fold the end of the ribbon inward, trying to get the same length for this "hem" each time. This finish also hides ALL the staples! 🤝

Then continue with a ribbon of a different color right next to the first ribbon. You want the two to be right next to each other. Continue stapling the ribbons in this manner, tightening and changing colors each time - until you reach the end of this side of the stool. 

Let's move on to the second part: weaving! 

Turn the stool a quarter, stand at one end again, and repeat the same process to staple a new ribbon on that side. The difference being that this time you'll have to weave! Nothing too complicated, I promise 😘

Once its end is stapled under the stool, thread the ribbon through the needle and use it to pass over, under, over, under... the previously stapled ribbons. Help the ribbon with your hand to flatten it or turn it in the right direction if necessary, and keep it tight to have a taut weave. 

Once you have reached the end, pull well, then go under the stool and weave again: above, below . .. 🎢

This will increase the resistance of your stool, and have a nice finish on its back.

Finally, once you have reached the end, that is to say the place where you stapled the ribbon at the beginning, pull it to the maximum to tighten it, it is the same process: staple, cut for the hem, glue it, fold it neatly, you can even hide it under the previous ribbons. 

Move on to the next ribbon in a different color, repeat the exact same process, just changing the beginning of the weave: if you started with "underneath", start with "above", and vice versa. 

Continue lining up the ribbons and forming your weave... Vary the colors! Throughout the process, be sure to flatten your ribbons and keep the grid tight and taut. 

Staple and glue the last ribbon ... 

And ... TA-DA!!! 🎊

Note: we recommend using it as a footrest, child stool or end of sofa, if you want to use it as an adult stool, don't hesitate to secure it well in terms of number of staples 🤝