Tufted Ottoman Workshop

I learned how to make a tufted ottoman!

And this post was featured at Project Inspire{d}!! Thank you so much! 


Sometimes when I’m refurbishing furniture, it calls for re-upholstering. Now, I can do the basics, like chair seats. But tufting? No idea, but I wanted to learn.

When Kristy from Next Time Around in Cambridge posted on Facebook she was having a tufted ottoman workshop, I was right on it.

If you are ever in Cambridge, you really need to check out Kristy’s store in the Southworks Mall…it is huge and gorgeous!  


Heather from New House New Home and Melanie from The Painted Bench took the class, as well. Heather actually brought the post to my attention, I’m not great at checking my social media as often as I should.

After shopping upstairs at the Southworks Antique Mall, we had dinner and lots of interesting conversation. It was great connecting with friends after being house-bound so much this winter. 

The class was conducted by Mark & Laura from Moffat Creek Furniture. I have to tell you, I knew how to do some of the steps already, but I learned a lot of new tricks & tips. I have decided I have to invest in a button maker, they turn out so fabulous!

The following pictures are showing us learning and making our tufted ottomans. Ones without my watermark are from Kristy.

Laura & Mark starting to teach us how to make a tufted ottoman out of an old coffee table.


Kristy with Laura & Mark


Us ladies watching intently…Pat & Janet are the other women and Maggie isn’t shown.


Laura trimming the fabric after she stapled it to the table.


Melanie, Kristy, Laura & Mark


Heather making buttons


My buttons after I covered them. Love this tool…


Watching Laura do the button tufting


Me putting my sewn fabric over the stool & stuffing


Melanie stapling her fabric with the pneumatic stapler…what a fantastic tool! Maybe now that I have experience, my husband will let me use his. :)


Heather’s finished stool. I love her material and the contrast of the buttons covered with black material.


Melanie’s finished stool. She used Annie Sloan’s fabric and I love it!


This is me with my almost finished stool. I had to leave so I added the legs and under-fabric when I was home.


They were putting black fabric on the bottoms at the workshop and I wanted a light fabric. I added some drop cloth after I put the legs on at home.


I love the end result!!


Close up of the toile


I’m on the look-out for a small coffee table (or two) to transform into a tufted ottoman! It’s a fun and easy project that I plan on doing more often. This one is for sale at my booth in Woodstock for $75.00

If you missed Kristy’s workshop and are interested in attending one, she has another coming up this month. Check out her Facebook page because it is going to be either the 22nd or 23rd. 

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  1. Your Ottoman looks awesome! It certainly was a great night I’m on the look-out for another one to expand our knowledge base.

  2. Oh how beautifu! I so would have taken a class like that. I have zero skills in reupholstering, but would love to learn!

  3. Oh Debbie, I am in love with these ottoman’s!! I would love to take a class like that :) Beautiful job, sweet Debbie!

    Hugs to you!

  4. Fantastic!! What a lovely stool. All the stools turned out great!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Your stool looks fabulous. I love blue and white toile. x

  6. Well look at you..that is awesome. I love all the ottomons. You gals did a fantastic job. Hope the snow melts soon Debbie!

  7. I totally could do this :)

  8. I wish you worked for me! I have so many restoration projects that require upholstery work and this is where I come unstuck. Great work, well done.


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