I’ve been looking for some stools for the foot of our bed to add some interest to the space. I found this set of old camp stools and thought I’d see if they would do the trick.

You will need:

-camp stool

-leather

-yardstick (preferably metal)

-x-acto or leather cutting knife

-pen

-binder clips

-cutting mat

-Speedy Stitcher sewing awl

-Multi hole leather punching tool

-hammer

-fabric ruler (optional)

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherBegin by cutting off the old fabric from the camp stools.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherIt is helpful to use the old fabric from the stools as a guide for how big to cut your leather. Measure these or take your own measurements, making sure to add enough allowance to stitch the leather around the camp stool.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherOur cat, Gibbs, loves to help me with my projects! He was doing a (not so) great job helping me measure my leather before I cut it.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcher

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherCut out your leather pieces. Use the yardstick and X-acto knife to get a perfectly straight, clean edge.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherDetermine how much allowance you need to punch the holes for the Speedy Stitcher.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherTransfer that spacing measurement to the leather and use binder clips to hold the leather in place.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherUse the metal ruler to mark a dotted line where you want your holes to go.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherUse the multi hole leather punch tool to punch a line of evenly spaced holes down the dotted line. Make sure to do this on a cutting mat and hammer the tool hard enough to punch through both pieces of leather.

*Tip: if you always place the end tine of the punching tool in the last punched hole, you’ll have perfectly spaced  holes the whole way!

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcher

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherTake the side of leather with the holes punched in it and wrap it around one side of your stool. I found it helpful to use a binder clip on the opposite side to help hold the leather in place while stitching.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherFollow the directions that come with the Speedy Stitcher to run a line of stitching down the leather, using the pre punched holes to make sure everything looks clean and lined up.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcher

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcher

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcher

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherUse a square knot to tie off the end of the stitch row.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherFollow the above steps on the other side of your stool.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcher

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherAll done! Trim any excess thread and your stool is finished!

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcher

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann leather camp stool diy speedy stitcherI love how these look at the end of our bed! They really help to add another layer of interest and (muted) color to our bedroom (one of these days we’ll find the perfect rug, and our bedroom will be complete!).