Make your log stump stools super comfy by creating your own custom cushions. This is a fairly fast project to complete and the Fiskars® Fabric Circle Cutter makes it even easier! In under an hour you’ll have the most comfortable stumps on the block.
Sew Your Own Log Seating Cushions
By Jen Causey of Something Turquoise
- Ideal for all-purpose cutting through fabrics like silk, oil cloth, light leather, polyester, cotton, crepe, felt and much more
- RazorEdge™ Shears feature ultra-sharp, premium-grade stainless-steel blades with a precisely honed edge that glides through fabric for clean cuts all the way to the tip
- Unique handle shape lets you lay fabric flat and minimizes lifting while you work for more accurate tabletop cutting
- Advanced pivot design delivers our smoothest cutting action ever
- Exceptional comfort and control provided by thumb and finger loops with ergonomic sculpting to fit the shape and natural movement of the hand
- Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
- Length: 8"
- Lifetime warranty
- RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears for Tabletop Cutting (8")
- Ideal for precisely cutting fabric, thread, ribbon, floss, yarn and more
- Razor-sharp, premium-grade stainless steel blades make clean cuts
- Built-in blade guard can be extended when not in use for safe storage and travel
- Pointed tips offer control when trimming in tight spaces
- Spring-action design makes cutting easy
- Softgrip® touchpoints improve comfort and control
- Length: 5"
- Full lifetime warranty
- Ultrasharp Thread Snips (5")
- Ideal for basic measuring-and-cutting tasks or centering tasks
- One side features a traditional 1"–14" ruler
- The other side features a 7"–0", 0"–7" scale specifically designed to make centering easier
- Broken grid lines and easy-to-read measurements make measuring quick and accurate
- Made of 3 mm-thick acrylic for lasting durability
- Lifetime warranty
- Acrylic Centering Ruler (2" x 14")
- Ideal for creating perfect, consistent circles out of cotton, polyester and more
- 11 different size options from 2" to 12" in diameter
- Push cutter handle rotates for smooth cutting without twisting or reaching
- Unique half-fold design eliminates pinholes and tracing
- 1/4" circle and half-circle seam allowances add convenience
- Softgrip helps reduce hand fatigue and increase comfort
- Template's bottom lip and grips help keep fabric in place
- High-grade, precision-ground, premium steel 18 mm blade stays sharper longer
- Change blade in seconds with no-touch blade cartridge
- Replacement blades available (item 111320-1001)
- Full lifetime warranty (excludes blades)
- Fabric Circle Cutter
- Ideal for cutting intricate curves, patterns and applique for quilting projects
- High-grade, precision-ground, premium steel 28 mm rotary blade stays sharper longer than other rotary blades
- A symmetrical design makes freehand cutting easy for right- and left-handed users
- Sliding button extends blade guard when not in use
- Blades snap in or out easily for quick replacement
- Two-pack of replacement 28 mm rotary blades available (item# 95417097)
- Lifetime warranty
- Classic Stick Rotary Cutter (28 mm)
- Extra-large mat provides ample space for all your fabric-cutting needs
- Self-healing mat provides a cutting surface that lasts longer than others
- Easy-to-read measuring grid on both sides means you can turn the mat over for double the usage
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines make creating triangle and star shapes easy
- Store flat away from sunlight, heat and cold
- Clean with warm water and mild soap
- Lifetime warranty
- Self Healing Cutting Mat: Large (24" x 36")
Designed for clean, crisp cuts through fabric, these premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades ideal for all-purpose tasks and a unique handle shape for more accurate tabletop cutting.
Quickly and precisely snip fabric and thread with a compact design featuring razor-sharp blades and a built-in blade guard.
With two sets of markings, this versatile ruler is great for a wide range of sewing and quilting projects.
Perfect circles are simple with a design that eliminates bumpy freehand cutting, tracing and pinholes.
How do I change the blade?
1. Turn the top of the push cutter counterclockwise to release the cap
2. Twist the blade cartridge by its top, aligning its notches with the cutter's inner wall. Remove it by pulling upwards.
3. Discard the old blade and cartridge, careful not to touch the sharp edge
4. Slowly lower the new blade into position, turning it until its notches align with cutter's inner wall. Press down gently and turn it 90 degrees to lock it in place. Reattach cap.
A great choice for cutting curves and patterns.
Extra-large mat give you plenty of room to work.
Thread To Match
Piping To Match
Cushion Sizing Information:
Using the Fiskars® Fabric Circle Cutter, you can create a circle cushion of any size from 2” (which would be pretty small!) up to 12”. We created 12”, 11”, and 10” cushions for these wood stump stools which we found we’re best for the kids coming to our backyard bash. Additionally, you can make your cushions any thickness you’d like. Here, we did a mix of 3” and 4”. The great thing about this pattern is that the size is entirely up to you and the stump you’re working with.
Step 1: Create a fabric template. Start by using the
Fiskars® Fabric Circle Cutter to create a circle pattern template sized to your preference for the foam round that will go inside your cushion. For my first cushion, I selected an 11” size.
Step 2: Cut out your cushion round. Using a marker, trace around the circle template onto the cushion foam, outlining the cushion diameter. Then, using the
Fiskars® RazorEdge Fabric Shears, cut out the foam circle and set aside.
Step 3: Cut the fabric for the cushion side. Next, cut the material for the side of your cushion. You’ll find the length by multiplying the circle diameter by Pi (3.14) and adding about 2” for good measure. For the 11” cushion with a 3” tall cushion round I cut 3” x 37” for the fabric to cover the side. The
Fiskars® Classic Stick Rotary Cutter 28mm on top of the
Fiskars® Cutting Mat is the perfect pair for this step.
Step 4: Cut your fabric to size. Next, using the same fabric cutting tool on the same size setting that you used to cut the fabric template, cut three circles for the top and bottom of the cushion. Fold the fabric, align with the cutting tool and slide the handheld rotary blade around the tray. Again, for this cushion I used the 11” mark which adds a 1/4” seam allowance for you.
Step 5: Create the back of the cushion case. Next, using the
Fiskars® Acrylic Centering Ruler and the same rotary cutter, carefully slice off 4” from two of the circles. These are going to become the underside of your cushion, which overlap like a pillowcase. Then, fold and iron a simple seam along the new straight edge.
Step 6: Sew the fabric flaps to create a cushion pocket. Using a 1/2” seam allowance, sew the ironed folds in place and trim any excess threads using the
Fiskars® Ultrasharp Thread Snips. Then, place the folds on top of the whole circle, overlapping each other slightly, and line them up perfectly to fit. Pin them together and sew a little stay stitch on the edges to hold the two half-circles of fabric in place. This overlapping trick will allow you to easily remove the cushion foam and wash the fabric when needed! Set aside.
Step 7: Sew the piping. On the whole circle piece, which will be the top of your cushion, carefully pin the piping towards the inside of the circle, allowing the ends to overlap and fall outside of the circle. Stitch to the circle using a 1/4” seam allowance. Cut the excess piping away once finished.
Step 8: Sew the side fabric. Carefully pin the long side piece of fabric on top of the piping. Start with a fold and let the end overlap, leaving it free until it’s time to sew. Sew using a 3/8” or larger seam allowance, getting as close as possible to the piping underneath. Let the end overlap the fold once you reach it and trim the excess away. Then, sew a finishing seam on the right side of the fabric. Note that this step works best if you can use a zipper presser foot to get up close to the piping.
Step 9: Sew the cushion bottom. The last sewing step is to sew the flapped, bottom circle to the side fabric. Do this by first aligning the fold of the side seam and the pillowcase flap seam. Press them up to each other and sew from there. This step was awkward to pin, so I found it easier to just go slow and align the seam as I sewed.
Step 10: Insert the foam to create the cushion. Now all you have to do is fold the cushion right side out and insert the foam circle! Fluff and move it around until it’s smooth, and repeat these steps for as many cushions as you need.