A New Cover for a Footstool

Welcome to the 56th Metamorphosis Monday!

It’s a few weeks before Christmas, a nice afternoon and you are out running a few errands…just doing a little shopping. On the way home, you decide to take a little peek in the window of a local thrift shop. Oh, what’s this…a sweatshirt with a wonderful hand made, cross-stitched design. And it’s only $4…way too cute to leave behind!

Ummm, now what will you do with it? Wear it at Christmastime, right?

Not if you’re my clever and talented friend, Linda…who, from the moment she saw it, knew it would be just perfect on a darling, little footstool she had waiting at home. πŸ™‚

Here’s how it looked beside her tree this past Christmas. I didn’t get a chance to share this with you at Christmastime, but I knew you could use this idea any time of the year. What a great use for an article of clothing you might no longer wear.

Linda, thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea for Metamorphosis Monday! I know I’ll be looking twice at those old sweaters and shirts now before I decide to toss them out.

Looking forward to seeing all your “Before and Afters.”

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  1. tales from an oc cottage says

    What a cute idea! I love to change a footstool with the seasons!

    m ^..^

  2. Thanks so much for hosting another great party! Have a wonderful week.

  3. Neat idea! I've seen clothing re-purposed for pillows, but not yet to cover furniture!

  4. Michael Lee West says

    I'm filing away this idea. The Christmas tree is beautiful.

  5. Isn't that a cute idea. Nice not to waste a perfectly good Santa.

  6. Isn't that a cute idea. Nice not to waste a perfectly good Santa.

  7. Isn't that a cute idea. Nice not to waste a perfectly good Santa.

  8. Isn't that a cute idea. Nice not to waste a perfectly good Santa.

  9. Hi Susan!! Oh, this turned out so cute and your friend did a wonderful job! Thanks again for hosting this fun event!
    Hope you've had a nice weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  10. Paula Grace Designs says

    What a great idea! Perfect for the season AND footstools are so comfortable.
    Paula Grace ~

  11. I am just in awe of what you and your friends do with things!!! amazed!

  12. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! Thanks for sharing this great idea! And…I'm seeing throw pillows, too! I'll definitely give the sweatshirts a close look while GW hunting with decor in mind! Have a great week!…hugs…Debbie

  13. Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst says

    Thanks for hosting Met Monday! That is such an inventive idea for reusing clothes that have worn out. πŸ™‚

  14. What a clever recycling idea for a sweatshirt! Thanks again for hosting MM!

  15. Great makeover for very little money. Doesn't get any better than that. Cute idea!

  16. Yay! This is my first time linking up. I have done quite a few furniture makeovers, and I started posts about them (and saved in Windows Live Writer) so that I can post new ones every week and join in the fun! Thanks so much for doing this for us!

  17. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says

    Such a cute idea for that footstool!! Thanks so much for hosting another lovely party.

  18. Blondie's Journal says

    What a darling idea!


  19. Great ideal. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Linda (Nina's Nest) says

    Susan, what a great footstool, very cleverly done! Thanks for hosting this party week after week. I always appreciate the ideas and pics you share. Linda

  21. I love the stool with the SCU cover. I have never done any of that type needlework, but I know lots of time went into all of those little stitches. It is great that Linda thought of such a darling way to salvage such a treasure and give it a whole new look. I just love her adorable pillow on that unique chair. Thanks for sharing this with us.


  22. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    I have a footstool that is looking rather shabby (not in a good way) – I use it all the time so it is well worn- I will have to find a cute little something like this to recover it!

    Thank you again for hosting Met Monday! I was the first entry this time!! How did that happen!!!

  23. what a great idea.. I'll definately be looking for items to use in this way.. Thanks for hosting another great Meta Monday, Susan.
    Brighest Blessings

  24. Self Sagacity says

    Hi there! This is the first time I saw 2000+ followers and 950 Facebook Fans on a blog! My goodness, you're popular! I came by to read about your Metamorphosis Monday and glad I did. Congrats, and see you again soon.

  25. vignette design says

    What a great idea. I love anything that can be repurposed and reused. This is so darn cute!
    Thanks for hosting Met Monday!

  26. Susan… that's a darling little footstool… what a wonderful idea she had!

    today I'm posting about turning napkins into chair seat covers and throw pillows… I think you'll like it a lot!

    blessings. Dixie

  27. Allison Shops says

    Cute stool cover! Her tree setting was so pretty.

  28. One Cheap B*tch says

    Thanks! Can't wait to check out everyone's projects! It sometimes takes me a while but I get there!

  29. Susan, this is a great idea. I've often regreted giving away some of my favorite sweather that were knitted with some wonderful designs. They would have made perfect throw pillows or footstool covers or ???
    Thanks for sharing this post.

  30. delightful…each little corner, should always have a little something!

  31. this blessed nest says

    excited to link up for the first time here on met monday!

    i've done a tablescape party before, but never a met monday. thanks for the opportunity.

    have a great week.

  32. My Mom alerted me to your blog several weeks ago and I haven't made a comment yet. Thanks for making me look forward to Mondays and Thursdays! Always beautiful photos. πŸ™‚

  33. Your friend had a great idea! She'll enjoy that footstool for many years. If the person who made that sweatshirt happens to see this, she'll regret putting it into the Goodwill bag.

  34. That was adorable!

  35. Low Tide High Style says

    What a great use for a sweatshirt that someone spent a lot of time making! It was the perfect size for her little foot stool and so cute!

    Kat πŸ™‚

  36. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says

    how neat! a christmas foot stool!

  37. Fifi Flowers says

    Have a GREAT week!

  38. Sherri@lavenderfields says

    What a wonderful idea for an article of clothing that we no longer use but still cherish! Beautiful pics! That tree is gorgeous!! Hope you have a great week, and thank you for taking the time to host this day! It is my first time posting on Met Monday!

  39. Living Creatively with Flory says

    oh that's so creative! nice idea… I gonna check my closet now=D


  40. I wish I had a foot stool RIGHT NOW, lol. πŸ™‚ Thanks for 56 weeks and counting of fabulous link ups!

  41. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says

    I love the footstool! Someone spent a lot of time working on that. So glad it found a new life!

    Thanks for hosting this week! I'm linking up a bathroom mirror makeover.

  42. So many creative souls! It pushes me to do more!

  43. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    That is so cute! Great idea. laurie

  44. Bunny Jeans Decor... and More! says

    Very cute. In the "olden days" all old clothing was remade into something… or so I'm told πŸ˜‰

    I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and actually joined in this week.

    Thanks for hosting!

    Talk to you soon πŸ˜‰
    Bunny Jean

  45. Oh how fun!!

  46. Allie and Pattie says

    Fabulous idea! How cute is that??!!
    xoxo Pattie

  47. Enchanted Rose Studio says

    That is one sweet little foot stool, Susan! I have yet to see a cross-stitched anything in my local thrifts. She did a beautiful job on it and her holiday tree looks lovely.

    Thanks for hosting!


  48. Susan, What a Darling Footstool, cover the seasonal cover. One day, I will find something to show to join you.


  49. What a great idea! Even better because I made this exact sweatshirt many years ago and never wear it. It was a lot of work and just sits in a closet. I don't have a footstool, but I see a pillow in my future!
    Thanks for posting this!!

  50. What a great idea! You girls are so crafty:)

  51. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    I'm always amazed at how creative people can be. This idea has lots of possiblities.

    I was going to link my post, but I'm not seeing Mr. Linky…is it just me?


  52. As soon as I saw that stool I was thinking I had seen it before!!:) I remember this from Linda's posts!!! But I never knew it started out as a sweatshirt!!!!!!! That is TOOOO cute…..now I will be definitly checking things for possibilities before Goodwill gets them! Thanks for this GREAT idea! XO, PInky

  53. Beautiful Job!

  54. From the shirt off your back to rest the soles of your feet. Great redo!
    Perfect for those long days of thrifting…aaahhhh!
    Happy Days πŸ˜‰

  55. I did this cross stitch piece on a sweatshirt for my daughter-in-law and said I would never do that paritcular piece again. But the stool is such a neat idea. I might have to change my mind. Thanks for sharing.

  56. burlap + blue says

    Thanks so much for hosting! This is always a lot of fun!

  57. Texas Preacher Woman says

    I've always hated leaving cute cross-stitched articles of clothing behind on my junk-ets . . . now I don't have to leave them behind anymore! I'll know just what to do with them! thanks for sharing.


  58. Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs says

    Thanks for hosting Met. Monday! I am excited about joining in this week!

    Blessings, Grace

  59. Debbie@Debbie-Dabble says

    Susan, I finally figured out to link to Metamorphosis Monday so I just was able to add my post. Whew! I promise I will do better next time!

  60. The Quintessential Magpie says

    So very clever! Thanks to you and your friend for sharing this cute idea with us, Susan!


    Sheila πŸ™‚

  61. Jan ~ BellaCasa says

    What a great idea! Cross stitching for a foot stool is so appropriate and this can be done in a fraction of the time.


  62. karlascottage.typepad.com says

    Thanks for hosting!

  63. Susan, that little footstool is so cute. Way for your friend to think outside the box!

    Hope you had a good weekend!

  64. Jax and Jewels says

    Love the "reuse" idea!! It made us fall back into the Christmas mood! Love that! Thanks for hosting this fun linky!

  65. That is just too cute, Susan!…Christine

  66. Vintage Linen Treasures says

    What a great idea! And now is the perfect time to find old Christmas shirts and items at a great price. Thank you for sharing it.
    Patricia :o)

  67. Love Where You Live says

    Great idea!!

  68. Beansieleigh says

    Hi Susan! I am just popping in today to ask you to stop by my place, when and if you can, just to peek at a mention I made of your Tablescape Thursdays today! (0; It's my first blogaversary, and surprise!.. you're a part of it! ~tina

  69. Chatty Crone says

    I love to look at all these – it is amazing. sandie

  70. I'm a little late to the party, but wow– what a party! So many fun blogs to hop. Thanks for hosting!

  71. Shared Talents says

    Love your porch, Wish mine had glass instead of screen in Arkansas we have way too much pollen. If you get a chance visit my site,

  72. Staci Shaddix says

    I would love to have this pattern. Please let me know how to get a copy.

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