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Little Miss Muffet Is Going To Have To Dress Up For This Tuffet!

Did you ever wonder what a “Tuffet” was as a child when you heard that old familiar rhyme? I did.

Then again maybe it’s just me.

It would be years before I would learn what a “Tuffet” actually was because back then computers and Google weren’t common in every home. I best be quiet about that now before I date myself…..

I seriously did wonder if it was a real thing or just a word I was mis-pronouncing.

Let me assure you it is very real.

And cute.

I bet you’ve even seen one!


By definition it means “a tuft or clump of something” or in our case “a footstool or a low seat”. Now not every footstool is considered a Tuffet. Tuffets are never completely covered in fabric to the floor – they have little legs or feet that are exposed.

They are basically a very firm cushion on feet!

They quite often are round, although I have seen the odd square or rectangular one.

Now you may find one some day and decide you want to spruce it up a bit, or you may want to make one from scratch, like I just did. Either way, perhaps these ideas will help.

At the very least you will sound so educated knowing what a Tuffet is! 😀

Let’s get started…

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I used a base kit similar to the one above that had been gifted to me some time ago. It includes the wooden base, foam cushion, little feet and button form.

You will also need your fabric (depending on the design you choose), a 12″ upholstery needle to do the button tufting (another possible idea behind the name?), an upholstery stapler (I like electric) and staples. I have linked these items for your convenience.

I used the pattern included in the kit, to cut my fabric but I chose not to do mine as the kit instructed, with a whole bunch of very thin strips of fabric all sewn together and then cut. I didn’t want so many different fabrics….I chose to make mine much simpler.

You could also use all 1 fabric and simply use the pattern as a cutting guide. I almost did that!

Next I laid out a piece of quilt batting and placed the tuffet foam and then the wooden base on top of it, then pulled the batting around to the bottom and stapled it tightly.

This step simply makes the shape of the tuffet smooth for the fabric cover.

Cut off the excess batting fairly close to the staple line. I made sure to leave the spots where I would later install the little feet, exposed.

I made 2 covers. One as a lining and one as the top. First I pulled the lining cover over the form and pulled it tight. Then I put on the cover over that. You can see here that I have not secured it underneath yet.

I did not stitch in a drawstring around the edge of the cover to pull tight underneath as the pattern specified. I prefer to simply secure it much more tightly with upholstery staples underneath.

The button was created and put into place using the 12″ upholstery needle.

I love it’s cute, stubby little legs.

The kids love sitting on it.

Hubby loves putting his feet on it.

My pitweiler enjoys jumping over it to chase after her little fur brothers.

And any day now I’m expecting a visit from Little Miss Muffet, all dressed up and ready to try it out!

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  1. Julie says:

    Great tutorial, Tara… and the fabric is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Thanks Julie!

  2. Love your little ottoman and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at TFT!

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Thanks Amber! My Pleasure.

  3. That ottoman is the cutest! I love the two different patterns. 🙂

    You are amazing friend!


    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Isn’t it darling? I like to set the chess board on top of it and just leave it like that for decor. It makes it look like the men are about to retire to the library for chess and cigars while the women play cards and drink tea in the parlor. I don’t have a library or a parlor but hey, if a tuffet and a chess board can do all that – everyone should make one! haha

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