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DIY Modern Tuffets - with Fairfield™ Square Tuffet Kits & Dyed Batting

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How To Make A Tuffet

These mod, fun, retro tuffets were so much fun to make!  Fairfield's Tuffet Kits made it so simple, that I made TWO!!  My weinerdogs like them, too.  That's Jens on the couch like he owns it.  Otto didn't jump up in time for the photo op.

How To Make A Tuffet

The modern twin tuffets fit perfectly in front of our white sofa and all the fabulous colors go great with the retro decor.  We are pretty eclectic with a mix of mid century modern furniture and contemporary vibes.

How To Make A Tuffet

You won't believe it, but that's BATTING spiraled and glued to the tuffets.  Yes, it's really quilt batting from Fairfield™.  It's the Purely Cotton quilt batting that dyes beautifully.  I have the instructions here, but I will also post a complete color guide for all of you who want to do this.  I'm ecstatic with the prospects of dyeing batting!  It holds up beautifully, and I've already made pillows with a shibori dye method that turned out super spectacular.  I'll be posting that project, too. 

I know!  Too much to share here, but it's coming!

How To Make A Tuffet

The Fairfield™ Square Tuffet Kit is just great. It comes with the wood, cushion and a fluffy cushion cover.  All you need is to cover it and add legs.  I used Tulip® One-Step Dyes to dye the Fairfield™ Purely Cotton Batting, and used the Noire (Black) Fairfield™ Batting to add drama to the spirals.  I found the perfect hairpin legs on Amazon that matched my mid century modern vibe.

How To Make A Tuffet

The Oly*Fun™ sheets were what I used for backing the dyed batting spirals. 

How To Make A Tuffet

Fairfield's Oly*Fun™ is also sold by the yard, and was perfect for the squares I cut to put on the bottoms of the tuffets.  I chose the color Slate.

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet

Another great product is the Aleene's Tacky Spray, which came in handy for gluing the cushion to the wood base, and for gluing the spirals to Oly*Fun™.

Here's exactly what you'll need:

Materials for 2 Tuffets:

(2) Fairfield™ Square Tuffet Kits

(1) Fairfield™ Purely Cotton Quilt Batting (Natural)

(1) Fairfield™ Noire Cotton Quilt Batting (Black)

(4) Pkgs - Oly*Fun™ Craft Sheets (Black)

½ Yard - Oly*Fun™ Craft Material (Gray)

2 Yards – Black Cotton Twill Fabric

 

Supplies:

(2) Turquoise – Tulip® One-Step Dye

(2) Orange – Tulip® One-Step Dye

(2) Red – Tulip® One-Step Dye

(3) Disposable Bowls

Running Water

Rotary Cutter/Mat

Straight Pins

12” x 12” Foam Board

Aleene’s® Clear Tacky Spray Adhesive

Glue Resistant Scissors

(2) Sets/4 Hairpin Legs

Drill

Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks

 

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Here's how to dye the batting and make the spirals:

Gather materials and supplies.

Cut batting into thirds to dye three colors.

Wet batting to saturate, then squeeze out water.

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Place wet batting in disposable bowl and cover with plastic in dye kit.  Repeat with other 2 pieces of batting.

Wearing gloves in dye kit, mix water in dye bottles according to directions, and apply to batting in tray.

Work dye into batting until completely saturated.  Repeat with other 2 colors of dye on batting.

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Cover dyed batting in bowls with plastic in dye kits.  Let set overnight.

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Rinse batting in running water until water runs clear.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Hang outdoors to dry.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Fold dyed batting to cut.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Cut dyed batting into 3/8” strips with rotary cutter on mat.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Cut black batting into 3/8” strips.

 

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Pin end of black strip in center of foam board.  Spiral the strip around until completely spiraled, pinning in place as needed.  Continue spiraling alternating colors around the spiral and pin in place as needed until the spiral is the desired size. 

 

How To Make A Tuffet

 Press batting with fingers to mold together, and carefully take out the pins.

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In a well-ventilated area, spray glue onto black Oly*Fun™ sheet.

 

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Carefully adhere Oly*Fun™ sheet (glue side down) to unpinned spiral.  Press with fingers to insure adhesion.  Let dry.

Cut around spiral with glue resistant scissors.

 

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Repeat spiral process to make several color combinations.

Make several sizes of spirals.  Have fun with it!  I totally think these will make amazing coasters, placemats, a wall art piece.... the list keeps growing.  I love this technique so much!  And the best part, I can choose whatever color dye I want to match anything!!

 

Here's How to Assemble the Tuffets:

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Gather Fairfield™ tuffet kit materials to assemble.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Glue the foam tuffet cushion to the wooden base with spray adhesive.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Tightly wrap provided Cushion Wrap around the foam and wooden base.  Secure by stapling to wood, cutting off excess.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Trim Cushion Wrap on corners to fit flat when stapled.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Place the Black Cotton Twill Fabric over the cushion, cut to fit 3” from the edge and secure with staples.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Pleat corners of Black Cotton Twill Fabric to fit as you staple in place.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Cut 16” x 16” square of gray Oly*Fun.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Apply spray glue to Oly*Fun™ in a well-ventilated area.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Adhere Oly*Fun™ square to bottom of tuffet.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Place legs on tuffet base for placement.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Screw legs to tuffet with drill.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

Pin finished spirals to tuffet(s) for placement.

 

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

 Hot glue spiral to tuffet(s) to complete. (Option: Fabric Adhesive may be used in place of hot glue.)

How To Make A Fairfield World Tuffet Kit

And there you have it! Fairfield™ Square Tuffets in a modern design, with dyed batting swirls.  It reminds me of Starry Night by Van Gogh, or maybe a mod movie set in the 70's, or maybe even a disco! 

Happy Crafting!

Pattiewack

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